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Hrayr Karapetyan


LIEGE 1, Belgium


  • Violin

  • Professional

  • Post Graduate in Violin performance and chamber music

  • Classical

    A Grand Prix winner of the Triomphe de l’Art International Music Competition (2015, Belgium) and a prize winner in 2012 Aram Khachaturian International Violin Competition (Armenia), young violinist Hrayr Karapetyan has an impressive record of awards and concert appearances. In 2007 he carried the first prize in Avet Gabrielyan/Sargis Aslamazyan competition and won the Alexander Spendiaryan competition in his native Armenia. Winner of numerous scholarships and awards, Hrayr was also one of the finalists in 2012 President’s Youth Award in Armenia. A member of YerazArt foundation and AGBU Performing Artist, Hrayr has participated in a charity program “Musical companion”, which presented more than 300 concerts in retirement houses, orphanages and schools.

Hrayr has performed numerous concerts and recitals in USA, Canada, Belgium, Armenia, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey, Norway, Sweden, Denmark etc., appearing in venues such as Flagey Concert Hall (Brussels), Palais des Beaux-Arts (Brussels), Queen Elisabeth hall (Antwerp), Concertgebouw (Brugge), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam),  Victoria Hall (Geneva),  Alte Oper (Frankfurt).

Besides his solo career Hrayr is also an active chamber and orchestral musician.

In 2008 he founded the “Art of Duo” project with his wife, pianist Hasmik Manukyan. Their debut CD was released in 2014, featuring works by E. Grieg and A. Babajanyan and was nominated as best classical album in "Cicernak" national Award. The second album of the duo will be released in February 2021. The album is called "Old And New Armenia".

Hrayr is the founder and the artistic director of “Hayasa Music” festival, which was established in 2015 in Brussels.

In 2015 Hrayr and Henrik Karapetyans, two brothers founded the “Karapetyan Brothers” project, which is dedicated to the memory of their father.

As an orchestra musician Hrayr has been a member of the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra,  Armenian State Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Yerevan Soloists’ State Ensemble etc. In 2010 and 2012 he was the concertmaster and the featured soloist in Turkey/Germany, with the first ever Armenian-Turkish Youth Orchestra, performing Aram Khachaturian’s violin concerto.

Being a member of  Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Hrayr is also appearing in concerts with Avetis Festival Orchestra (concertmaster), Belgian Virtuosos Orchestra (concertmaster), AGBU String Ensemble (concertmaster), “Frascati Symphonic” Orchestra (concertmaster), Classical Concert Chamber Orchestra (first assistant concertmaster), La Monnaie Symphonic Orchestra (guest player), Belgian National Orchestra (guest player), among the others.

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