Writer and music critic Al Walker wrote: “The 1st prizewinner, Grigor Khachatryan, is no stranger to the performing arts stage. During the concerto performance he seemed to lead the audience with him as he went from double pianissimo to double forte… and back”
Dr. Grigor Khachatryan is a pianist and a composer with a unique devotion to the mastery of his art. His newly released CD with Albany Records, featuring him at the piano with two of his own monumentally virtuosic piano sonatas “Battle of Avarayr” and “David of Sassoun”, has received instant rave reviews from numerous critics and prestigious magazines around the world and has brought him international fame.
Khachatryan’s solo and chamber repertoire is vast, with works ranging from J. S. Bach to György Ligeti. As a prizewinner of major international piano competitions such as the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, the Russian International Piano Competition, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra Competition, Arabkir National Piano Competition of Yerevan, the Elite Generation Armenian National Competition, Khachatryan has performed concerti of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Grieg and Tchaikovsky throughout the world. In 2014, he was invited to perform in Carnegie Hall by the Armenian General Benevolent Union of New York City He recently toured nationally with the Concordia Orchestra performing Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto. In 2019, he toured internationally as a soloist in Shanghai, China.
Born in Yerevan, Armenia, Khachatryan began his musical studies at Barsej Kanachyan’s Music School of Yerevan. Shortly thereafter, Khachatryan moved to the United States and continued his musical development at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of distinguished professor of piano, Luba Edlina-Dubinsky, where he earned his Bachelor, Master and Performer Diploma degrees. In addition, Khachatryan holds a doctorate degree in Piano Performance, Composition and Music Theory from the Jacobs School of Music. During his graduate studies, he served as Junior Faculty of Piano at the Jacobs School of Music.
Dr. Khachatryan serves as an Assistant Professor of Piano at Concordia College, Moorhead. Khachatryan is also the director of the annual Concordia Piano Festival and the founder of YouTubeConservatory.