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Babayan, Sergei (piano)
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Sergei Babayan (piano)

Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of colour, pianist Sergei Babayan brings deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 54 concertos. Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began studying with Georgy Saradjev, later continuing at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva, and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions. His engagements and tours have brought him to pre-eminent international concert venues including Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, and many others.

A frequent guest at music festivals in Europe and the US, in July 2013 Sergei Babayan was invited by Martha Argerich to her festival 'Progetto Martha Argerich' in Lugano, Switzerland, with the two artists performing a newly-created cycle of transcriptions for two pianos by Babayan from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. He returns to Lugano in the 2014/15 season, alongside performances at the Verbier Festival, and at London’s Wigmore Hall. Recently, he has been performing as a duo with his star student Daniil Trifonov, giving several concerts of the music of Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Prokofiev.

Sergei Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, Hans Graf, David Robertson, Tugan Sokhiev, and Kazimierz Kord, among others, and with the world’s foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony. Since 2006, he has performed with Valery Gergiev numerous times to great critical acclaim, including appearances at the International Festival 'Stars of the White Nights', the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican (with the London Symphony Orchestra), in Saint Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Théâtre des Champs-Elyseés in Paris, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival where he was artist-in-residence.


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