Karen Aroutiounian (Belgium)
Karen Aroutiounian is Professor and Laureate of international competitions. Since 1975, he studied at the Tchaïkovsky Conservatory of Moscow where he worked under the supervision of one of the greatest violinist in history, Leonid Kogan, and where he obtained his diploma with the greatest distinction.
Karen Aroutiounian has made an international career in countries such as Hungary, Germany, Austria, Spain, France, Holland, Ireland, Finland, Canada, etc. during which he gave numerous recitals and made several recordings as a soloist with great conductors as Yuri Simonov, Valery Gergiev, Maxim Shostakovitch, Peter Lilie, etc.
He also participated in concerts with such illustrious musicians as S.Richter, G.Kremer,
V.Tretyakov, P.Hirschhorn, A.Korsakov, V. Spivakov, N.Yashvili etc.
Karen Aroutiounian is also the founder, artistic director, conductor and soloist of the chamber orchestra « Virtuosi » with which he made tours in the ex-U.R.S.S. countries as well as in the Western Europe. They also made diverse recordings.
In 1994, Yehudi Menuhin organised two recitals in Belgium for Karen Aroutiounian.
Karen Aroutiounian is regularly invited to give master classes in Russia, Spain, France, etc. During his career as a Professor, he managed to propel several students toward the top of International competitions.
« K. Aroutiounian is a very interesting, talented and brilliant violinist. He has a sound of a rare beauty, masters perfectly his instrument and has a great artistic flair»
« K. Aroutiounian is a remarkable interpreter, a consummate artist in power as well as in finesse. »
Lord Yehudi Menuhin
« K. Aroutiounian demonstrates his blinding virtuosity, his exceptional lyrical gift, a warm sonority, a perfect accuracy, a clear and analytical phrasing. »
Martine Dumont Mergeay (La Libre Belgique)
Sergey Khachatryan (Germany)
Sergey Khachatryan won First Prize at the VIII International Jean Sibelius Competition in Helsinki in 2000, becoming the youngest ever winner in the history of the competition. In 2005 he claimed First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels.
Sergey has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker, Munich Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. He has also collaborated with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra Washington. He has also visited the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National de Belgique, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the beginning of the 2014/15 season, Sergey performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Lucerne Festival with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as the latest recipient of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award. Other highlights in the season included projects with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Munich Philharmonic, Hamburg Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic performing in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus and Mariinsky Concert Hall.
Sergey has given recitals at Konzerthaus Dortmund, Theatre des Champs Elysees and Cite de la Musique (Paris), Auditori Nacional Madrid, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Palais des Beaux Arts (Brussels), Philharmonie Luxembourg, Carnegie Hall and Herbst Theater (San Francisco).
He has collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Kurt Mazur, Andris Nelsons, Vasily Petrenko, Yuri Temirkanov, Daniele Gatti etc…
Sergey’s discography on the label also includes the Sibelius and Khachaturian concerti with Sinfonia Varsovia and Emmanuel Krivine, both Shostakovich concerti with the Orchestre National de France and Kurt Masur, a recording of the Shostakovich and Franck sonatas for violin and piano, as well as Brahms’ three Sonatas for Violin and Piano with Lusine Khachatryan and the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin by J.S. Bach.
Sergey plays the 1740 ‘Ysaÿe’ Guarneri del Gesù violin on kind loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Michael Vaiman (Germany/Israel)
Michael Vaiman was born in Odessa (Ukraine) and after graduating distinguished Stolyarsky school of music in his hometown he studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, under the tutelage of legendary violinist David Oistrach&Semyon Snitkovsky.
1989 he emigrated with his family to Israel, teaching at the Rubin Academy of music in Tel Aviv and since 1999 Michael Vaiman Professor at the Cologne Musichochschule.
Michael Vaiman is Top prize-winner at the H.Wieniawski Competition in Poznan (Poland) and performs as a soloist in Europe, USA, Japan, Israel, Russia.
Among the high points of his international career concertos with orchestras and conductors such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra under Gunter Herbig, the Moscow Philharmonic under Yuri Simonov, St.Petersburg's Symphony orchestra under Arvid Janssons, ”Moscow Soloists” Chamber Orchestra under Yuri Bashmet, London Soloist Chamber Orchestra,etc.
He also participated in many music festivals such as Kuhmo (Finland), Tours (France), Elba Festival (Italy), Summit Music Festival (New York) playing together with well-known musician such as Paul Badura-Skoda, Yuri Bashmet, Mario Brunello, Akiko Ebi, DinaYoffe.
Michael Vaiman invited as jury member of different violin competitions, also giving numerous master classes in Salzburg Mozarteum Summeracademy,
Liszt Academy in Budapest, Toho School of music (Tokyo), at Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, UK), Beijing Central Conservatory of Music (China),
South Methodist University in Dallas(USA),"Keshet Eilon" in Israel and many others.
Many of his students are winners of international competitions.
M.Vaiman has many radio, TV, and commercial recordings, his CD&DVD recordings include works by Bach, Schubert, Wieniawski, Prokofiev, Ysaye, Szymanowski, Kreisler, etc.
Igor Unterberg (Belgium)
Born in Kishinev (URSS) in 1959, Igor Unterberg is of Russian origin but holds today the Belgian nationality.
Igor Unterberg gave his first solo concert with orchestra in 1968-at the age of 9-and in 1970 is a prize winner of the National Competition for Young Artists.
In 1972 he is a Laureate of the “Keren Charet Foudation” in Israel.
He moves to Belgium in 1975 and joins the class of Carlo Van Neste at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels gaining a First Prize in Violin and Chamber Music that same year.
Igor Unterberg gained unanimously in 1983 a “Soloist Diploma” with the highest Grades at the “Musikhochschule Düsseldorf” in Germany, studying with Rosa Fäin, a student of David Oistrach.
Igor Unterberg has performed in numerous countries including Belgium, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, France and Japan.
He is also a highly demanded teacher.
Aram Gevorkian (Latvia)
Aram Gevorkian was born in 1951 in Armenia (Yerevan) He began learning the violin at the age of 6. After graduating the Special Tchaikovsky Music he studied at the Yerevan Komitas Conservatory with Professor G. Bogdanian.
In 1973 young musician moved to Moscow and entered the Symphony Orchestra of Radio Television of the USSR under the direction of Mr. Shostakovich. In 1981 he joined the orchestra of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR under the direction of G. Rozhdestvensky.
Between 1980 and 1990 he was often invited by all major Russian orchestras such as Orchestra of the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, Symphony Orchestra of the Russian Federation, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio etc. and worked with eminent conductors such as M. Shostakovich, G. Rozhdestvensky, I. Temirkanov, E. Svetlanov, A. Khachaturian, V. Gergiev, Mr. Jansons, Z. Mehta, Y. Menuhin, A. Schnitke, A. Babadjanyan, S. Gubaidulina, T. Khrennikov ... He also participated in many tours that have taken him on all continents.
In 1991 he moved with the whole family in Belgium. From 1991 to 2017 he is the first violin of the Symphony Orchestra of La Monnaie. Since 2018 he lives and works in Latvia.
Eric Melon (Belgium)
Eric Mélon studied at the Liège Royal Conservatory of Music, where he obtained in 1984 the higher diploma in violin with the highest distinction, in the class of Leopold Douin. The same year, he made a recording of works by Michel Leclerc. He holds the Hector Clockers prize as well as that of the province of Liège, and he is also a laureate of the « Fondation de la Vocation ».
Eric Mélon has also won the Edouard Deru (1984) and the Henry Vieuxtemps (1986) violin competitions. From 1986 to 1989 he followed advanced studies at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth. He finished his training by following the course of professor Herman Krebbers at the Sweelinck Conservatorium of Amsterdam.
He is a very experienced soloist, having played in many countries under the direction of fine conductors, like Pierre Bartholomée, Ronald Zollmann, René Defossez, Kurth Schäfer, Georges Elie Octors, Patrick Davin, Dennis Burkh, André Vandernoot, Andreas Stoehr……
As a passionate chamber music player, he was a member of the Alma Trio and the Jericho Trio.
He is very interested to discover regularly in the large repertory for violin unknown or forgotten masterpieces, especially in the sonata repertory of the 19th and 20th century with the pianist Jean Schils.
Many of his concerts and recitals have been recorded or broadcast. He also recorded several CDs.
He is also a passionate professor at the Royal Conservatory of Liège and is often invited for summer courses in France and Belgium.