Sevak Avanesyan is described as “a musician of extraordinary virtuosity and a
remarkable range of sound capacities” (Bernard Greenhouse) and “undoubtedly, one
of the most gifted musicians of his generation” (Janos Starker).
Armenian cellist Sevak Avanesyan is the Former Solo cellist of National
Orchestra of Belgium, as well a regular jury member of Ysaye, Triomphe de l’Art
and AGBU music competitions. Sevak won numerous international competitions,
among which First Prize at the “Young Soloists” competition in Luxembourg, First
prize at the “Lions Club” European competition, “Golden Lable” prize by the
Belgian music press association, first prize winner of “Belgische Stichting
Roeping” promotion and many more. His talent was visible since a very young age,
which made him become the youngest graduate of the Royal Conservatory of
At the age of 19, Sevak graduated with the highest distinction in the class of
Viviane Spanoghe. After which he was accepted in the class of the renowned
cellist Claudio Bohorquez at the Hans Eissler Musikhochschule in Berlin.Besides
his regular studies, Sevak Avanesyan has received precious advice from
world-famous artists such as Janos Starker, Bernard Greenhouse, Steven Isserlis,
Mischa Maisky, Maria Kliegel, Louis Claret, Peter Bruns, Garry Hofman, Wolfgang
Boettcher, Igor Oistrakh, Artemis Quartet, Gerhard Schulz and many others.
He is regular guest at leading venues such as the Salle Gaveau, Palais des
Beaux-Arts in Brussels and Ford hall in Toronto. In January of 2017, Sevak
played the grand opening of Queen Elizabeth Hall in Antwerpen. He regularly
appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, National
Orchestra of Belgium, Slovenia Symphony Orchestra, Indian Symphony Orchestra, La
Chapelle Sauvage and many more.
Sevak Avanesyan has participated at notable festivals such as the Festival de
Radio France in Montpellier, Juventus Festival, Menton Festival, Brahms festival
in Brussels, Les Musicales de Cambrai, among others. He has also collaborated
with great conductors such as Hanns Graf, Hugh Wolf, Andrei Boreyko and the most
recent was the world premiere of “DNA 15a15” composed by A. Iranian at Palais
des Beaux Arts in Brussels, conducted by George Pehlivanian. The concert was
described as the “best concert of the season” by Belgian TV critics.An ardent
chamber musician, Sevak Avanesyan collaborated with Augustin Dumay, Philippe
Graffin, Pascal Devoyon, Pavel Gililov, Maxim Vengerov, Aleksei Moshkov, Yuri
Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, and many others.
In 2016 the “Rhythm & Intervals” documentary by Gomes Schahbazyan was premiered,
which is about the life of Sevak Avanesyan in Berlin during the period of his
studies. The documentary has already won several festivals and was aired on ARTR
TV. Sevak plays on “The King” Mateo Gofriller cello from 1689, which is the very
first Gofriller cello known. It is kindly given to him by Mischa Maisky.