Armenian violinist, Khachik Babayan was born in 1956, in a musical family in Tabriz, Iran. From his early childhood, he showed talent and keen interest in music and began to play the violin when he was four. At the age of seven, he began violin studies with his first violin teacher, Zaven Yedigarian. In 1972, he entered the Tehran Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Hratch Manoukian, who is a Canadian–Armenian violin pedagogue, latterly in Toronto.
In 1974, Babayan was awarded the first place in the Iranian Violinists Competition, being offered a scholarship of musical studies in England. It was in 1975, when he began his musical studies at The Royal Academy of Music in London, England, with Manoug Parikian. He graduated by passing the ARCM examination in violin performing with honors, and became an associate of The Royal College of Music in 1979. While in England, he stayed at; 54 Sterndale Road, London, W14, U.K.
Returning to his homeland in 1980, Babayan continued his career as soloist and concertmaster of the Tehran Symphony Orchestra as well as The National Radio-Television Orchestra of Iran. In 1990, he participated in the eighth "Concorso Internazionale di Violino Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" international violin competition in Gorizia, Italy and was recognized as a gifted virtuoso violinist.
In the recent years,[specify] Babayan has often appeared as a soloist with Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra (APO) and The National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia, under the baton of Loris Tjeknavorian. He has also collaborated with The Parsian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Meroujan Simonyan on many occasions. He has been featured in a number of chamber concert series both as soloist and with chamber ensembles, trios, and string quartets.
On November 21, 2009, Babayan accompanied by Serouj Kradjian, performed to an all sold-out audience in his Canada Tribute concert at the Glenn Gould Studio. January 30, 2011 marks Babayan’s début concert in the US at the First Baptist Church of Glendale, California.
- Best Iranian violin player (1973)
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