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Sergei Babayan

Solo Piano Recital 7pm, First Baptist Church

March 19, 2015

A student of such legendary teachers and musicians as Gornostayeva, Naumov, Pletnev and Vlasenko in the Moscow Conservatory, Sergei Babayan was one of the first pianists from the former USSR who was able to compete without government sponsorship after the collapse of the system. Immediately after his first trip outside of the USSR, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (formerly the Cleveland), Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and Scottish International Piano Competition

He has had engagements and concert tours throughout the world in many major international centers including places such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle in Nurnberg, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Brahms-Saal in Karlsruhe, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie Hall in Essen, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, Victora Hall in Geneva in and many others. Sergei Babayan appeared in numerous major music festivals in France, Germany, UK, Poland, Spain, and the US. His concerts have been broadcast by WQXR, WCLV, Radio France, Polish Radio and Television, BBC-TV, NHK Satellite Television and Medici TV.

He has made several highly praised recordings for EMC, Connoisseur Society and Pro Piano labels. His recordings of Scarlatti, Ligeti, Messiaen, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt, Vine, Respighi and Prokofiev garnered high acclaims including a “critic’s choice” in the New York Times. Mr. Babayan has appeared with many major orchestras throughout the world including the London Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and New World Symphony. He has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, Hans Graf, David Robertson, Tugan Sokhiev, Kazimierz Kord.

Sergei Babayan has served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music since 1992, and currently holds the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Gilliam Artist-in-Residence at CIM. He was appointed to the faculty of the Juilliard School in New York City in Fall 2014. His students have won the most prestigious international piano competitions, including the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow, the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and the Arthur Rubinstein Master Piano Competition in Tel Aviv.

Solo Piano Recital, Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7pm, First Baptist Church  (1112 E. Broadway). $25 General Admission $10 Student

Acclaimed for the depth of his interpretations, Sergei Babayan is known for his innovative programming, often juxtaposing works by modern composers such as Lutosławski, Ligeti and Pärt with classics by Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Schumann and works by Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev representing his Russian heritage. His philosophy that a recital should reveal a spiritual dimension results in playing which sustains an intensity that never fails to captivate. Don’t miss an evening of this master pianist’s “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity” (Le Figaro).