November 16, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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The concert Piano Series brings acclaimed pianists from around to world to the Dixon Hall stage. November 16 features Sergei Babayan.
Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy andremarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverserepertoire. Le Figaro has praised his "unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity."Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergei Babayan is a genius. Period.”
Sergei Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Neeme Järvi,Yuri Temirkanov, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk. Over the years, Babayan has performedwith Valery Gergiev numerous times to great critical acclaim, including appearances at the International Festival "Starsof the White Nights", the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican Centre with Maestro Gergiev conducting the LondonSymphony Orchestra, in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Théâtre desChamps-Elyseés in Paris, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival, where Babayanwas artist-in-residence.
In recent seasons, Mr. Babayan’s schedule included concert performances with the Leipzig GewandhausOrchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra,the Mariinsky Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, amongothers. Sergei Babayan regularly performs at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the AmsterdamConcertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Munich Prinzregententheater,the Maison de la Radio in Paris, at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Frankfurt Alte Oper, and the Zurich Tonhalle.He will also return to major festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Gstaad MenuhinFestival, and Verbier Festival. At Konzerthaus Dortmund, Sergei Babayan was a Curating Artist during the 2019/20season. Mr. Babayan performs with the world's foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra,Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, DetroitSymphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Sergei Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release 'Rachmaninoff' (DG 2020) washailed by the international press as a groundbreaking recording and received numerous awards including BBCRecording of the Month and CHOC Classica ('This musical journey, born out of a limitless imagination and thoughtin minute detail, is one big masterpiece.') His previous DG release of his own transcriptions for two pianos of worksby Sergei Prokofiev, with Martha Argerich as his partner (‘Prokofiev for Two’; DG 2018), was praised by reviewers as‘the CD one has waited for’ (Le Devoir), an ‘electrifying duo that leaves the listener in consternation’ (Pianiste). Mr.Babayan's performances have been broadcast by Radio France, BBC-TV and BBC Radio 3, NHK Satellite Television andMedici TV.
Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continuedat the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outsideof the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including theCleveland International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International PianoCompetition. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.