Ashot Sarkissjan was born
on the 26th of February 1977 in Yerevan,
Armenia. He studied with Ara Bogdanian at the Tchaikovsky Music
his home town, at the Musikhochschule Lübeck, where his principal
were Maria Egelhof, violin, and Walter Levin, string quartet,
Mihaela Martin at the Hochschule für Musik Cologne. He is laureate
international competitions in Lublin and Mainz. Since his student
contemporary music has been a domain of major importance for
co-founder of the Ensemble Neue Musik Lübeck, he worked regularly
students from the composition classes, premiering new pieces written
violin or string quartet. He participated in the Academie du 20e
an annual summer course, organized in Paris by Ensemble
From 2002-2005 Ashot Sarkissjan was a member of Ensemble Intercontemporain
(EIC) in Paris, where he worked with many composers including Pierre
Boulez, Gyorgy Kurtag and Brian Ferneyhough. He has appeared as
soloist with the EIC, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the
Stavanger Symfoniorkester (Norway) under conductors such as Sakari
Oramo and Jonathan Nott, and also worked, on many occasions, with
Ensemble Modern Frankfurt.
Ashot has appeared as soloist together with the soprano Laura Aikin
in “Le Sacrifice”, an oratorio for violin, soprano and ensemble
by the Finnish composer Kimmo Hakola. He has performed in many European
countries, but also in Russia and the US, and took part in such
festivals as Lucerne and Lincoln Center in New York. In his concerts
in Armenia, he has introduced many major works of the 20th Century,
many never performed there before. He has also given master-classes
in Paris and Cologne.
joined the Arditti Quartet in June 2005.
His violin is by Stephan von Baehr, 2002.