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 were continued with 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 on prestigious stages such as Geneva’s Victoria Hall, Lisbon Gulbenkian
Grand Auditorium, Amsterdam Conertgebouw, Tokyo’s Santory Hall, etc. Hayk
Melikyan is a laureate of International Piano Competitions, such as Concours
d’Orléans (France), Ibla Grand Prize (Italy), Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New
Music (USA), Premio Valentino Bucchi (Italy), etc. The Pianist 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 received the Title of
an Honorary Artist of Armenia.
He is the first performer of numerous works by many composers of our time and
dozens of pieces have been specially written for Hayk Melikyan. In 2009, this
activity led the Pianist to create a series of concerts called 1900+, dedicated
to the 20th century and contemporary world piano music.
Hayk Melikyan's solo albums are released by various music labels, including
Naxos, the leading classical music label in the world. His solo album
Arutiuanian: Complete Piano Works by Naxos Grand Piano was selected as The Best
Classical Music Album of the Year at the annual National Music Award 2018.
Hayk Melikyan regularly holds piano master classes around the world and performs
at 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
targeting the Contemporary music: 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
Hayk Melikyan has worked with renowned composers such as György Kurtág, Peteris
Vasks, Tigran Mansurian, Jonathan Harvey and Krzysztof Penderecki. In 2018, Hayk
Melikyan was invited to play the Armenian premiere of Arvo Pärt’s Lamentate for
piano and orchestra with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Armenia. In
2019, the Aurora Prize has invited Hayk Melikyan to perform with the Mariinsky
Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev.
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.