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Narek Hakhnazaryan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, and studied at the Sayat-Nova School of Music, the Moscow Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music. He made the Cello First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011 at the age of 22 and from 2014 to 2016 was a BBC New Generation Artist. Hakhnazaryan is Artist-in-Residence of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and in September 2017 was awarded the title of ‘Honored Artist of Armenia’ by the President Serzh Sargsyan. Hakhnazaryan plays the 1707 Joseph Guarneri cello and F X Tourte and Benoit Rolland bows.