...Hayk Melikyan...has power and agility to spare, with plenty of attention to inner voicings. He is never at a loss for style or direction in any of this music, which is pretty impressive when you consider that it really represents two very different styles...
Barry Brenesal (Fanfare Magazine)
Hayk Melikyan is recognized internationally as one of the most versatile and imaginative performers of the 20th Century and Contemporary Music and among today's most engaging virtuoso pianists by classical music audiences and critics. He started playing piano when he was six with Irina Grishinskaya, later his professional studies where guided by professor Alexander Gourgenov at the Yerevan Komitas Conservatory. Hayk Melikyan's international concert début took place at the Concerto di Concerti International Festival of the 20th Century Music in Rome in 2000. He leads an active concert life, playing throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas.
After having won the Second Prize in the International Piano Competition of the 20th Century and Contemporary Music Premio Valentino Bucchi in Rome in 2000 he included the contemporary music as the leading part of his concert programs. He is a laureate of many other competitions, such as Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music (Buffalo, USA, 2012), Samson François and André Boucourechliev Prizes at the Orléans International Piano Competition (France, 2008, 2012), First Prize at Lazar Saryan Composers Competition (Yerevan, Armenia, 2008), Special Prize at Ibla Grand Prize Piano Competition (Ragusa, Italy, 1999) etc. Hayk Melikyan was awarded with a Gold Medal by Moscow Composers Union for his contribution and promotion of the World Contemporary Music in 2012. In 2013, Hayk Melikyan was awarded with the Title of an Honorary Artist of the Republic of Armenia.
Hayk Melikyan's solo album Arutiuanian: Complete Piano Works by NAXOS Grand Piano was selected as The Best Classical Music Album of the Year within the Annual National Music Awards 2018.
He is the first performer of numerous works by many composers of our time and dozens of pieces were specially composed for Hayk Melikyan. This activity led the Pianist to an idea of initiating Concert Series of 1900+ of the 20th Century and Contemporary World Piano Music launched in 2009. The Series include the works of different composers all over the world composed after the year of 1900. 1900+ aims to promote the Contemporary piano music through the special recitals of Hayk Melikyan, dedicated to different cultures and nations, holding of special competitions for composers, presenting world premiers of new works, publishing new scores and releasing CDs.
The solo albums of Hayk Melikyan are released by different music labels, including NAXOS, the leading classical music label in the world. Italian, French, German, Portuguese, Swedish and Swiss radio stations regularly play Hayk Melikyan's recordings. Hayk Melikyan is regularly conducting piano master-classes worldwide and performs within the Festival de Valmagne (France), Festival de Musique en Côte de Nacre (France), Festival O/MODƏRNT (Sweden), Warsaw Royal Arcades of Art Festival (Poland), San Leo Music Festival (Italy), Les Musicales de Baabdath International Music Festival (Lebanon), Yerevan International Music Festival and Aram Khachaturian International Music Festival (Armenia), etc. Many of them are targetting the Contemporary music, such as Pharos Contemporary Music Festival (Cyprus), Lviv Contrasts Contemporary Music Festival (Ukraine), Kyiv GogolFest International Festival of Contemporary Art (Ukraine), Sofia ppIANISSIMO Contemporary Piano Music Festival (Bulgaria), Nuovi Spazi Musicali Festival (Italy), etc.
As a composer, Hayk Melikyan is an author of piano solo, chamber, instrumental, vocal and symphonic works. The piano transcriptions, concert paraphrases and arrangements by Hayk Melikyan are among the favorite ones in the repertoires of many pianists worldwide.
Here is more extremely good and fulfilling work done by Grand Piano with a well documented and recorded recital played to the manner born by Hayk Melikyan.
You say a festive feeling of existence or asheer joy of living…
I think that the above mentioned feelings and similar luxuries are deeply possessed by Hayk Melikyan at the moments whenever he plays piano...
...L’artiste évolue avec une fièvre sans fin, au cœur d’un nid de partitions jetées à terre au fur et à mesure de la progression du concert. C’est étincelant, éperdu, et d’une captivante gestuelle.
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