Gevorg Budaghian

Violin

Gevorg Budaghian was born in 1975 in Yerevan, Armenia, and began his violin studies at the Tchaikovsky Music School, and then the Yerevan State Conservatory - studying with Petros Haykazyan, Villi Mokatsyan, and Suren Hakhnazaryan. He subsequently attended the Mainz Conservatory, as well as the Lubeck Music High School, with Maria Egelhof. While in Germany, he likewise attended Master classes with Rugiero Ricci, Menahem Pressler, Julius Berger, Walter Levin, Ifrah Neaman, and others.

Mr. Budaghian has earned awards in numerous competitions - including First Prize in the 1994 All-German Chamber Ensemble Competition (Paderborn, Germany, with his own trio), Second Prize in the 1995 Ifrah Neaman International Competition (Mainz), and the "Georg Kulenjampff" Grand Prize in the 1998 International Violin Competition (Leverkusen, Germany).

He has been a regular member of such ensembles as the Armenian Philharmonic, the Yerevan Symphony, and the "Serenade" Chamber Orchestra, under conductors such as Loris Tjeknavorian, George Pehlivanyan, and Edward Topchyan. He was likewise Concertmaster and frequent soloist with the Mainz Chamber Orchestra, and the "Strassburg Virtuosi" Ensemble. In addition, Mr. Budaghian has toured with various orchestras and chamber groups throughout Europe and the US. He is currently a member of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (Germany), and performs in such chamber ensembles as the "Barrault" String Quartet.