The winner of the first prize and several special prizes at the Krzysztof Penderecki International Competition, Astrig Siranossian performs as a soloist and chamber musician in the world’s leading international venues. Among her many chamber music partners are Daniel Barenboim, Martha Argerich, Simon Rattle and Yo-Yo Ma, to name but a few.
The international press gave a warm welcome to her most recent CD, featuring concertos by Khachaturian and Penderecki in the company of Sinfonia Varsovia, which was awarded the highly prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German record critics’ prize) as well as ‘ffff’ in Télérama and the ‘Clef d’Or’ of the year from the online magazine ResMusica. The first recording of her cello/piano duo with Théo Fouchenneret won the Italian ‘Musica’ prize.
Many composers have dedicated works to her, among them Benjamin Attahir, Daniel Schnyder, Jean-Luc Darbellay and Thomas Demenga. The French television channels TF1 and France 2 and BR in Germany, as well as radio stations throughout Europe and the United States, have broadcast portraits of her. Astrig Siranossian graduated from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon with the highest distinctions at the age of eighteen, and went on to obtain two masters with the congratulations of the jury in Ivan Monighetti’s class at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, and finally a diploma of musical excellence at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.
Since 2015 she has been Artistic Director of the Musicades Romanesques Festival, which sets music alongside the other arts and gastronomy, in addition to her post as principal cellist of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra conducted by Daniel Barenboim. In 2020 she created the ‘Spidak Sevane’ project to help musically gifted children from Armenia.
Astrig Siranossian plays a 1676 cello by Francesco Ruggieri, generously loaned to her by the Boubo-Music Foundation in Binningen.