BOZAR 17/12

Lusine and Sergey Khachatryan are brother and sister and both have a prestigious musical career: she as a pianist, he as a violinist. In addition to their many solo performances, they like to be on stage together.

Sergey Khachatryan was only fifteen when he won the Sibelius Competition, and 20 when he became first laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Since then he has been guest of honour at BOZAR. In the 2018-2019 season, when he was artist in residence, he wrote: “Returning to Brussels is always special. It feels a bit like a homecoming every time I’m here. »

For BOZAR the pleasure is mutual, especially when Sergey is accompanied by the brilliant Lusine:


« We’re very different but we have a close musical connection; there’s a unique harmony between us in spite of our differences and that’s vital in chamber music; that chemistry enables us to get more out of the music. »
Proud of their homeland, the duo released the album My Armenia in 2018, on the occasion of the 100-year commemoration of the Armenian genocide.

In this recital Lusine and Sergey honour Arno Babajanian, a composer born in Yerevan - just like the duo - who proved his talent with some groundbreaking works, including his highly expressive Sonata for Violin and Piano from 1959. In this Beethoven year, the Bonn master is also on the programme with his Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5, Op 24.
The recital will be broadcast on this page on 17.12.20 at 20.00.


Ludwig van Beethoven 1770-1827
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 “Spring” (1800-1801)
— Allegro
— Adagio molto espressivo
— Scherzo: Allegro molto
— Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

Arno Babajanian 1921-1983
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B-flat Minor (1959)
— Grave – Allegro energico – Andante
— Andante sostenuto – Presto
— Allegro risoluto – Largo – Andante sostenuto

Lusine Khachatryan was born in 1983 in Yerevan, Armenia. She has won several awards, including a Musical Advancement Award from the Baden Cultural Foundation and a special scholarship from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She has won several competitions including the European Piano Competition in Normandy. As a soloist, Lusine's moves included the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Carnegie Hall in New York.
Sergey Khachatryan was born in Yerevan in 1985. He has won several competitions, including First Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2005. Last season Sergey shared the stage as a soloist with, among others, the Bamberger Symphoniker, the Orchestre de Paris and the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by conductors such as Herbert Blomstedt, Andris Nelsons and Valery Gergiev. Sergey plays the Guarneri 'Ysaÿe' from 1740, on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.