Hakhnazaryan talked about the Tchaikovsky Competition and his future plans, while speaking to journalists at a press conference in Yerevan Monday.
“I was saying even before the end of the competition that the cello competition was the strongest [competition] this year; indeed, it was at a high level. Armenia cannot provide musicians that which other countries can. In the near future, I’m not planning on remain in Armenia permanently, but I will come, I will give a master class, [and] I will give concerts in the regions. If we don’t do it, then who will? I am preparing to move to Europe soon. I am going to play in Tokyo, at London’s National Philharmonic (Orchestra); I am going to go on tour to different cities in Russia,” he said.
The Armenian cellist told journalists how he took a master call from world-renown cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, who passed away in 2007.
“Mstislav Rostropovich helped me a lot — I was the only cellist who travelled on behalf of his foundation. When he was in Russia, it was he who called and expressed a wish to hear me. There were very warm paternal relations,” he said.
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