Conductor and Violin
The Vienna-born conductor and violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian has been the artistic partner of the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn since 2022. Hailed by the Tagesspiegel as an "exceptional talent", the artist delights audiences and critics alike with his depth, technical brilliance and great versatility.
In the 2022/23 season, Tjeknavorian will once again take the podium of the Graz Philharmonic,the Tonkünstler Orchestra and the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. In addition, he will conduct the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish Orquestra Sinfónica de RTVE, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, which has chosen him as its artist-in-residence, for the first time. Tjeknavorian also works in the same capacity at the Grazer Musikverein. The Essen Philharmonie and currently the Wiener Konzerthaus have presented him as the residential artist. In the 2019/20 season, he was the youngest artist in residence in the history of the Vienna Musikverein and created his own cycle.
Further guest conducting engagements have taken him to the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Sinfonieorchester Basel as well as the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and the Camerata Salzburg.
As a violinist, Tjeknavorian's international career was launched by his prize at the International Sibelius Violin Competition in 2015. He was a "rising star" of the European Concert Hall Organisation, a "Great Talent" of the Wiener Konzerthaus and a scholarship holder of the Orpheum Foundation - awards that opened the doors to Europe's most prestigious concert venues for the young violin virtuoso. Tjeknavorian has meanwhile performed with a number of important orchestras in Europe. In addition to his artistic activities, Tjeknavorian is also active in the media: on Radio Klassik Stephansdom, he has been conducting his own programme "Der Klassik-Tjek" since 2017.
The Heilbronn audience last celebrated him as a conductor in October 2022 with, among others, the 1st Violin Concerto by his father, the Armenian-born composer and conductor Loris Tjeknavorian, and in May 2022 as a soloist in the Violin Concerto by Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In February 2023, together with the young cellist Jeremias Fliedl, he will perform the Double Concerto by Brahms as part of the Heilbronn Subscription Concerts.