Sergei Babayan performs in recital at the Rubinstein Piano Festival
Sergei Babayan travels to Poland this month, giving two recitals at this year’s Rubinstein Piano Festival in Poland on 17 and 18 October 2017. The first concert takes place at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall in Lodz and the second at the Bronislav Huberman Philharmonic Concert Hall in Czestochowa. Babayan’s extensive programme includes Arvo Pärt Für Alina, Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor, Ryabov Fantasia in C minor, and a collection of pieces by J.S. Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninov.
Following a similar programme of Pärt, Ryabov, Chopin and Bach in Montreal, Le Devoir wrote:
“[Sergei Babayan] is a genius. Full stop. ... [He] possesses a palette of sounds that is magical and infinite. We desperately want to see this artist again, often, before other musical venues realise just how outstanding he is.”
Sergei Babayan performs Schumann in return to the Edinburgh International Festival
Sergei Babayan returns to the Edinburgh International Festival this summer, performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Usher Hall on 8 August 2017. Under conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Babayan performs Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor.
The concert at Edinburgh follows soon after two performances for Babayan at the Verbier Festival: a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Gianandrea Noseda and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and a chamber concert with Kirill Gerstein, Yuja Wang and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.
Following the performance at Edinburgh, Babayan embarks on a duo recital tour with Martha Argerich.
Intermusica artists at the 2017 Verbier Festival
Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:
Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.
Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.
The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.
Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.
Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.
Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.
Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.
At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.
In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.
On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église.
Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.
On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms.
Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.
On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence.
Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan perform at the Edinburgh International Festival
Following a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding on 19 August 2016, Daniil Trifonov features again in the Edinburgh International Festival on Monday 22 August.
He will give a recital at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, performing Rachmaninov Piano Suites Nos 1 and 2 with long-standing musical collaborator Sergei Babayan (piano), before being joined by Gidon Kremer (violin) and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (cello) to perform Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.2.
The recital will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3.
"An evening of awe inspiring, world class piano playing": Sergei Babayan and Daniel Trifonov praised for Wigmore Hall recital
Sergei Babayan’s recent recital at the Wigmore Hall with long-standing musical collaborator and fellow Intermusica artist Daniil Trifonov on 14 February 2016 has received widespread critical acclaim. The duo performed a programme of Schumann Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Schubert Fantasia in F minor, Brahms Hungarian Dances no. 9, 10, 17, 18 and 21, and Rachmaninov Suites Nos 1 and 2.
"[Their concert] was a beguiling affair that combined formidable technique with musicianship of great elegance. Their platform partnership is clearly founded on deep mutual understanding and respect...
Their playing blends rigour with great charm and an almost tangible sense of their own enjoyment... Schumann’s Andante and Variations showed their stylistic unity from the outset. Schubert’s great Fantaisie in F minor... was done with great sensitivity and depth of feeling, its opening melody shuttled between them with wonderful refinement...
The precision, panache and exuberance with which Trifonov and Babayan played were simply breathtaking, the standing ovation that followed richly deserved."
Guardian, February 2016
"I was struck by the highly cultivated nature of this performance [of Schubert’s F Minor Fantasie]: both performers played with enormous sensitivity and depth of feeling. They allowed the composer’s wonderful melodies to breathe while the handling of some of the extraordinary modulations was gorgeous... It was a remarkable performance of one of the great masterpieces of the repertoire...
This was an evening of awe inspiring, world class piano playing – bravo to both pianists."
Seen and Heard International, February 2016
Sergei Babayan joins Valery Gergiev's Prokofiev cycle at the BBC Proms
On 28 July 2015, Sergei Babayan performed Prokofiev Piano Concertos no.2 and 5 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev to resounding praise. This concert, part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, featured a cycle of all of the Prokofiev Piano Concertos performed in order, with pianists Daniil Trifonov and Alexei Volodin dividing the other concertos between them.
“Babayan exuded the gravity of a monumental sculpture in bronze, as he teased out the beauties of this more ruminative work.”
Independent, July 2015
“Sergei Babayan offered a thoughtful, carefully modulated interpretation of the Second, judiciously integrating the first movement’s mega-cadenza into the musical logic of the whole, and reserving overt pyrotechnics for the Fifth.”
Guardian, July 2015
“Babayan … is able to make the long passages of runs seem effortless, including the one that makes up the entire second movement of this concerto. His greatest moment was the intense cadenza of the first movement, played with a paradoxical mix of weighty conviction and deftness of touch.”
Arts Desk, July 2015