Hayk Melikyan is recognised internationally by classical music audiences and critics alike as one of Armenia’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today’s most engaging virtuoso pianists.
Since winning Second Prize at the Valentino Bucchi International Piano Competition of Twentieth Century and Contemporary Music, in Rome in 2000, he has included contemporary music as a leading component of his concert programmes, with performances throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. He is a laureate of many competitions, including the Ibla Piano Competition (Ragusa, Italy, 1999), the Lazar Sarian Composers Competition (Yerevan, Armenia, 2008), the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music (Buffalo, USA, 2012), and the Orléans International Piano Competition (France, 2012). In 2012 Hayk Melikyan was awarded a Gold Medal by the Moscow Composers Union for his contribution and promotion of contemporary music and in 2013 the title of Honoured Artist of the Republic of Armenia.
He has given premières of numerous works by contemporary composers and a number of pieces have been specially written for him. His recording of Arno Babadjanian’s complete piano works [Grand Piano GP674], released in 2014, entered the Fanfare magazine ‘Want List’, the performances described as having “power and agility to spare, with plenty of attention to inner voicings. [Melikyan] is never at a loss for style or direction in any of this music, which is pretty impressive when you consider that it really represents two very different styles. He is always flexible and persuasively colorful in the nationalistic material, careful to articulate every line and give it its proper weight in the rest.”