Tigran Maytesian is an Armenian-born Russian-Belgian classical violinist, Doctor of Arts. He is a soloist and chamber musician, a professor, an artistic director of the International Festival des Minimes in Brussels, the International Festival Sint Carolus Borromeuskerk in Antwerp and the International Festival at the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-la-Treille de Lille, France, a scientific researcher and consultant who resides and works in Belgium.
Tigran Maytesian was born in Sevan, Armenia. He commenced his violin studies at the age of five and pursued an elaborate classic music education from music school up to conservatory and postgraduate violin.
His début was at the age of nine with the chamber orchestra of music school No. 19 in Yerevan, Armenia, (directed by Gohar Mouradian). In 1989, he became a student of C. Hakhnazaryan at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. Later, from 1992 to 1995, within an international exchange program, Tigran continued his violin studies with Yuri Gerets at the Estonian Academy of Music in Tallinn, Estonia and from 1995 till 1998 he was assistant internship supervisor, post-graduate student at the Moscow Conservatory named after P. I. Tchaikovsky.
During his studies in Tallinn, Tigran Maytesian met Igor Bezrodny, a distinguished violinist and pedagogue of the 20th century, who initiated him into the traditions of the Russian violin school of Abram Yampolsky (Bezrodny was a student of the latter). Since then Tigran has followed the best practices of the Russian violin school with its focus on technical skills, relaxed handplay, peculiar sense for the acoustic characteristics of the violin, the capabilities for creating sound, the richness and colour of the created sound, and the artistic freedom and self-development of the violinist.
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