In The Hot Seat! With Narek Hakhnazaryan

By Kristin Pagels

Wharton Center will present one of the world’s top music ensembles—the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra—on November 7th! The featured soloist on this performance is award-winning cello phenomenon Narek Hakhnazaryan, and we were lucky enough to ask him a few questions about life, food, and music.

In the Hot Seat Narek Card
Kristin: What is your favorite thing about music?
Narek: The ability to make magic and unite people of all religions and nationalities.

How long have you been playing cello?
Since I was 6.

What are your pre-concert and post-concert rituals?
Sleep before and party after.

When did you decide you wanted to be a musician?
When I heard my parents in a concert.

What drew you to the cello as your instrument?
My mom. She always loved the cello.

Who have been some of the most influential people in your life?
My parents, Mstislav Rostropovich, and many great people I meet every day and work with.

If you could give one piece of advice to current music students, what would it be?
Patience and hard work. Don’t rush; if you have those qualities in addition to talent, you will succeed.

Don’t miss your chance to see cello wonder Narek Hakhnazaryan in person on Wharton Center’s Cobb Great Hall stage on Tuesday, November 7, performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto!

Click here for tickets, or call 1-800-WHARTON. MSU Student tickets are only $19 with your APID! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for more updates about upcoming shows and what’s on at Wharton Center.

Kristin is a new marketing and communications intern at Wharton Center, who previously taught band and choir in Macomb County and is currently pursuing her master’s in Arts & Cultural Management at Michigan State University. She enjoys playing her clarinet and bass clarinet with local bands and orchestras and is also involved in Lansing community theatre. 


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