Narek Hakhnazaryan & Saleem Ashkar

One of them became suddenly famous when he won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the age of 22. The other made his breakthrough when he played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto Nr. 1 at the age of 17 and so impressed the famous conductor Zubin Mehta that he sponsored him from then on. One is from the Armenian capital Yerevan, studied in Moscow and Boston, had lessons with the cello legend Mstislav Rostropovich and is today regarded as being one of the most exciting cellists in the world. The other was born as the son of Christian Palestinians in the Israeli town of Nazareth, studied in London and Hanover, now lives in Berlin and is one of the most interesting pianists in the world. Both have been connected with the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück for years, and today you can experience the pair in an unusual duo programme. The cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan and the pianist Saleem Ashkar will play Ludwig van Beethoven’s Third Cello Sonata, which was composed at the same time as the famous Fifth Symphony, Dmitri Shostakovich’s only Cello Sonata from 1934, as well as the Nocturne of the Armenian composer Edward Baghdasaryan.

Tickets are only available from the Theater Osnabrück.