Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who “reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity” (The Washington Post).  His 2014-2015 season includes engagements at the Marlboro Music Festival and Germany’s Usedomer Musikfestival; recitals at Merkin Concert Hall, the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, the Westport Arts Center, and the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts; and a chamber music concert with AGBU Performing Arts at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall.  In 2015, he will appear at the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, Australia.

In addition to performing Artie Shaw’s Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops, he has appeared with the Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony.  Last season, he made his Alice Tully Hall debut, performing the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Carlos Miguel Prieto, and his Weill Recital Hall debut in a program entitled Musical Armenia.  He has also performed recitals at the Morgan Library and Museum, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Music for Youth and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  Mr. Arutyunian’s growing career has also included numerous educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.

Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others.  He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Arutyunian’s festival appearances include Juilliard ChamberFest, where he performed Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, the New York Festival of Song, Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate Festival in Australia, and the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo and Beijing.

Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in debut recitals at Merkin Concert Hall and the KennedyCenter to rave reviews.  By the age of 16, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow.  He has performed concerts with violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet and recorded the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia.

Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Mr. Arutyunian’s family moved to Moscow when he was three.  He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov.  He lives in New York City, and works with Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School.  Mr. Arutyunian’s clarinet is a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov.  He receives general support for his career from the Guzik Foundation in California.

[Pronounced: Nah-rehk Ah-roo-tuhyoo-nee-in]

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