Clarinetist Narek Arutyunian is an artist who "reaches passionate depths with seemingly effortless technical prowess and beguiling sensitivity" (The Washington Post). As a Winner of the 2010 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he was presented in YCA's Rhoda Walker Teagle New York debut concert at Merkin Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., to rave reviews. This past season included an evening of Armenian chamber music at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall and an appearance as soloist in the Copland Clarinet Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto at Lincoln Center. He also participated in Juilliard ChamberFest, performing Osvaldo Golijov's The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, and appeared in recital and educational outreach programs at Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center.
In addition to performing Artie Shaw's Concerto for Clarinet with The Boston Pops, he has appeared with the Meridian Symphony, the Albany Symphony, and the Longwood Symphony. He has also performed recitals at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York, the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, the Lied Center of Kansas, the Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Music for Youth in Connecticut and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Mr. Arutyunian's growing career has also included numerous educational outreach programs in New York City public schools and around the country.
Mr. Arutyunian has performed extensively in Australia, Asia, and in Europe, where he appeared at the Louvre in Paris and the Palazzo del Principe in Genoa, among others. He has appeared as soloist with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, and in Russia with the Kaliningrad Philharmonic, the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Arutyunian's festival appearances include in the New York Festival of Song, Musica Viva's Huntington Estate Music Festival in Australia, and in the 2013 Young Concert Artists Festivals in Tokyo, Japan and Beijing, China.
By the age of 16, he had already won First Prizes in the International Young Musicians Competition in Prague and the Musical Youth of the Planet Competition in Moscow. He has performed concerts with violist and conductor Yuri Bashmet and recorded the Weber Concertino for clarinet with the State Symphony Orchestra of New Russia.
Born in 1992 in Gyumri, Armenia, Mr. Arutyunian's family moved to Moscow when he was three. He graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory where he worked with Evgeny Petrov. He lives in New York City, and works with Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School. Mr. Arutyunian's clarinet is a personal gift from the conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov. He receives general support for his career from the Guzik Foundation in California.