Armen Babakhanian

March 19 | 7.30pm

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Ballade No. 2 in B Minor Franz Liszt
Sonata in F Minor, op. 57 (Appassionata) Ludwig van Beethoven
         Allegro assai
         Andante con moto
         Allegro ma non troppo – Presto
Pictures at an Exhibition Modest Mussorgsky
Armen Babakhanian Armen Babakhanian, Armenian pianist, is prize-winner at several of the world’s most prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, the Van Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell, the Gina Bachauer, and the World Piano Competition, and has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his performances.

Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. He has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Yurovsky, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic among others. Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet during Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber music performance of the festival. Mr. Babakhanian has recorded for the ASV, Real Sound and Sigmund Classics labels.

His performances have been broadcast on BBC, PBS (USA), ORF (Austria) and RAI (Italy) television networks. His recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas has received rave reviews in the European press. Mr.Babakhanian’s recent recording of Complete Piano Works by Aram Khachaturian awarded the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the Armenian Award 2007.

In addition to his performing career, Mr. Babakhanian has served as jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and most recently Maria Callas International Piano competitions. In 1999, he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy Pan Armenian Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. He has taught numerous master-classes in Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, China, Iceland and the United States. Mr. Babakhanian is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical education under Professor Anahit Bogdanyan. He also studied with Claude Frank and Vera Gornostaeva.

In 2004 Mr.Babakhanian became a Founder and Artistic Director of “Cadence” Ensemble. In April 2004 gave first worldwide tour with “Cadence” which includes performance in Buenos Aires at famous Teatro Colón. “Cadence” Ensemble is scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Lithuania, Greece, Japan, Korea, USA and Canada. In 2008 Armen Babakhanian was awarded Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture for great contribution in Spyurk-Armenia relations. In 2009 Mr. Babakhanian was awarded Artist Emeritus from the President of Republic of Armenia.

In 2011 Armen Babakhanian became Dean of Piano Department at Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia.

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