Born in Erevan, Armenia in 1977 Alexander Chaushian started to play the cello at the age of seven. He first studied with his grandfather Alexander Chaushian Sr, and then with Zare Sarkisian. From 1992 to 1995 he studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School with Melissa Phelps and from 1995-1999 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London as a student of Oleg Kogan. From 1999 – 2001, as part of the Kempf Trio, he held a fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2003, he began pursuing advanced studies with the late Boris Pergamenschikow at the Hochschule in Berlin, and afterwards with David Geringas.
He won First Prize in the 1990 Premio Mozart Competition in Verona, Italy and in 1992 he won First Prize in the International Music Competition in Holland. He received the Guilhermina Suggia Gift in London, a grant awarded to outstanding string players, on three occasions. In 1997 he was awarded the Orchestra of New England Soloist Prize as well as first Summis Auspiciis Prize of Young Concert Artists in New York. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Anna Instone Memorial Award sponsored by Capital Radio. In 2001 he was the joint recipient of the Pierre Fournier Award and in 2002 was awarded third prize in the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
As a soloist with orchestra, Alexander Chaushian has performed in many countries throughout the world including appearances with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra at Vienna’s Konzerthaus and at the Bruchnerhaus in Linz, as well as with The London Mozart Players and The Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Philharmonie of Flanders, Les Solistes Européens de Luxembourg in a gala concert conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, The Boston Pops Orchestra at Boston Symphony Hall, and The Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
Alexander Chaushian has performed recitals at the Harrogate Festival in England, the Kuhmo International Festival in Finland, La Jolla Festival in the USA, Radio-France and Montpellier Festival, The Pharos Trust Festival in Cyprus and Orpheus & Bacchus Festival in France where he has recently been appointed the Artistic Adviser.
He has collaborated with many distinguished musicians such as Levon Chilingirian, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Ani and Ida Kavafian, Philippe Cassard, and has recently performed at the Kronberg Chamber Music Festival with Yuri Bashmet and Gidon Kemer.
Recent concerts have included acclaimed concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, at the Royal Festival Hall as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, at the Barbican with The Academy of St Martin’s in the Field, at the Sala Verdi with Padova Chamber Orchestra and a highly successful debut in Suntory Hall, Japan. He made his début as a soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Barbican in London in September 2005 and in 2006 will make his first recording for the BIS label as well as performing at festivals in many countries including Finland, Cyprus, France and Germany.