Both musicians take up principal positions within the German orchestra


The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra has appointed two new string players to its ranks. Violinist Andreas Buschatz, who currently serves as a concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic, has been appointed 1st concertmaster of the Gewandhaus Orchestra from the 2017-18 season, while Gayane Khachatryan (pictured) will become assistant principal 1st cello from March 2017.

A graduate of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Buschatz was deputy leader of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester before joining the Berlin Philharmonic in 2005. He is also a former concertmaster of the Deutsche Kammervirtuosen of Berlin.

Following studies at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan, Armenian cellist Khachatryan won several awards and competitions, including third prize at the Aram Khachaturian International Competition in 2013.