Vero Beach Hosts ‘Vila & Khachatourian in Recital’


Vila and Khachatourian in Recital 2019.

An Ecuadorian-Spanish cello sensation and a Armenian-born, Belgium-based pianist will come together in a single Vero Beach performance on Friday, December 6 at 7:30 PM.  Cellist Francisco Vila, who was born in Ecuador, grew up on the Space Coast and now resides in Los Angeles, will join pianist Ashot Khachatourian for Vila & Khachatourian in Recital, a concert of classical works by Bach, Beethoven and Chopin at First Presbyterian Church Vero Beach at 520 Royal Palm Boulevard, 32960. Both musicians concertize internationally and have won numerous individual prizes and competitions. Vila is co-founder of Ecuador’s Festival International de Música de Esmeraldas and serves on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He performs on a fine 1790 cello crafted by Vincenzo Panormo. Ashot Khachatourian is the creator and artistic director of the Belgian YSAYE International Music Competition and comes from a musical family. His great uncle, Aram Khachaturian, was one of the foremost composers of the 20th century, whose music bore the stamp of his Armenian roots. Recording artist and pianist, young Ashot has earned his own celebrity as one of the world’s foremost interpreters of the concertos of Rachmaninov. Francisco Vila and Ashot Khachatourian will perform individually as well as together during a program that offers famous pieces from the repertoire for cello and piano.  The audience will recognize the Chopin Sonata for Cello and Piano, which is the only such sonata the composer wrote — and the last piece he performed publicly before his death.  Khachatourian will perform Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 for solo piano and the pair will also perform the Beethoven Sonata No. 2 for cello and piano. The duo will play additional pieces, in what promises to be a captivating program featuring two of this generation’s most exciting young musicians.  Call (772) 562-9088 for more information about Vila & Khachatourian in Recital. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors.

For 32-year old Francisco Vila, performing again in East Central Florida is literally like coming home.

“This trip is especially enjoyable for me, since I grew up in Brevard and I’m here visiting family, said Vila, a graduate of Eau Gallie High School. “Ashot Khachatourian is a renowned pianist and we are both looking forward to performing together for Florida audiences.”

Performance VIDEO — VILA


ABOUT FRANCISCO VILA — “Vila brought out the fervor and vitality…consummate projection.”    -The Strad Magazine (April 2012)

Cellist Francisco Vila began playing the cello at age 8 and had his solo debut with orchestra at 14. Concert activities have taken him throughout Europe, North and South America.

Vila was granted a Presidential Scholarship to the Boston Conservatory for his Bachelor studies, after which he received a Performance Diploma from Indiana University where he was a student of Janos Starker, Sharon Robinson and Menahem Pressler.

In 2012, he was selected to the inaugural cello class at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, where he earned an Artist Diploma under the famed cellist Gary Hoffman. In the same year he became the second-prize laureate of the Sphinx Competition in Detroit Michigan.

Performing collaborations have included those with artists such as Nobuko Imai, Maria João Pires, Gary Hoffman, Wolfram Christ, Martin Chalifour, and members of the Juilliard String Quartet. Vila has appeared as a soloist with the Houston Symphony, South Dakota Symphony, Liège Royal Philharmonic, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Santander Festival Orchestra, Aalborg Symphony, Indiana University Philharmonic, the Central Florida Orchestra, and all principal orchestras of his native Ecuador.

He has been a participant at the Ravinia Steans Institute and guest artist at the Beaumaris, Santander, and Stavelot music festivals among others.  As a member of the iPalpiti Festival of International Laureates he performed in such venues as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Mozarteum Salzburg, and on international tours.

Vila views teaching as an important aspect in music-making. In March of 2015, Mr. Vila founded and directs the International Music Festival of Esmeraldas (Ecuador) in his hometown. This is a social project that awards full scholarships to gifted young artists from Central and South America for two weeks of master classes with international artists. The festival provides all of its activities including concerts free of charge to the public. For his work with this platform, Mr. Vila has received coveted grants from the US State Department, Tarisio Trust, and the Sphinx MPower Grant.

Mr. Vila serves on the faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College and performs on a fine cello crafted by Vincenzo Panormo in 1790 on generous life-term loan from the Karl McNutt Family Trust as well as the “ex-Janos Starker” Edward Tubbs bow. For more information, visit

ABOUT ASHOT KHACHATOURIAN– Ashot Khachatourian is considered one of the most inspiring artists of his generation. Ashot Khachatourian started playing the piano at the age of five with Valentina Melikyan and Elena Galustova at the Charles Aznavour Music School in his home country.

He then continued his studies with Gerard Wyss in Basel, Switzerland, Eliso Virssaladze in Fiesole, Italy and Maria João Pires at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels. He is a member of the Partitura Movement created by Maria João Pires.

From 2018 Ashot Khachatourian is the creator and artistic director of YSAYE International Music Competition.

Ashot Khachatourian has particularly excelled in his interpretations of Rachmaninov’s 2nd and 3rd concertos. He won the 1st Prize of the Rachmaninov Piano Competition in 2006 and the 1st Prize of the Martha Argerich Piano Competition in 2007. He is also a Prize winner of the Top of the World Piano Competition in 2011 and Concours d’Epinal in 2013.

The young virtuoso has been invited to perform in BBC Radio London St Luke’s and with many important orchestras such as the London Chamber Orchestra, the Norway Radio Orchestra, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Wallonie Royal Chamber Orchestra, The Olympique Orchestra, and to collaborate with masters such as Jan Caeyers, Rodolfo Fisher, Augustin Dumay, Daniele Gatti, Thomas Søndergård, Christopher Warren-Green and others.

​Ashot has appeared at the Salle Pleyel, Cortot, Salle Molière, Salle Gaveau, the Berliner Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Flagey in Brussels, Cadogan Hall, Palais des Bozar, Concertgebouw Brugge, Musis Sacrum Arnhem, Saint-Petersburg Philharmonie, De Singel Antwerp, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven, Palau de Valencia, Stiftung Mozarteum in Salzburg and other prestigious halls of the world.

As a chamber musician, Ashot Khachatourian collaborates with outstanding artists such as Misha Maisky, Maxim Vengerov, Ivan Monighetti, Liana Issakadze, Zakhar Bron, Augustin Dumay, Gary Hoffman, Gerard Caussé and others.

​Today, Ashot Khachatourian shares his time between concerts and recordings. His first solo recording dedicated to Haydn and Beethoven was released in December 2013, in February 2019 his second solo recording dedicated to Chopin by Azur Classical. The recording was received with critical acclaim by the international press. Ashot’s next album will be released in September 2019, again on Azur Classical, and feature works by Schubert.

He regularly shares concerts in duo with Maria João Pires all over the world  proving his exceptional talent and revealing a musical soul at its purest. For more information, visit


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