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Sergei Babayan


  • Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable subtlety of colouring, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and wealth of experience to a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Lutosławski.

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  • Babayan performs with the world's foremost orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the New World Symphony. Recent concerto highlights include performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Mariinsky Orchestras with Gergiev, Verbier Festival Orchestra with Weilerstein, BBC Scottish Symphony with Dausgaard at the Edinburgh International Festival and the Camerata Israel in Tel Aviv. Babayan made his BBC Proms debut in 2015, performing Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 5 with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gergiev.

    Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Järvi, Hans Graf, David Robertson, Tugan Sokhiev, Thomas Dausgaard, Joshua Weilerstein and Kazimierz Kord, among others. Since 2006 Babayan has performed with Valery Gergiev on numerous occasions, including at the International Festival “Stars of the White Nights”, the Salzburg Festival, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival, where Babayan was Artist-in-Residence.

    Recent and upcoming recital highlights include performances at the Edinburgh International Festival, the Verbier Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Celebrity Series of Boston, Mariinsky Theatre, Bad Kissingen, Rubinstein Piano Festival, Lugano Festival, Severance Hall Cleveland and the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the latter three alongside Martha Argerich. In recent seasons, Babayan’s schedule has included recitals at venues including Salle Gaveau in Paris, Carnegie Hall, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Herkulessaal Munich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Berlin Konzerthaus, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, the Mariinsky Theatre and Victoria Hall in Geneva.

    Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began his studies with Georgy Saradjev and continued 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 including the Robert Casadesus International Piano Competition (renamed the Cleveland International Piano Competition), the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International Piano Competition.

    2017/18 Season / 369 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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Sample recital programmes

Programme 1
Pärt Für Alina
Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor
Chopin Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op.26
Chopin Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op.60
Chopin Valse No.2 in B minor, Op.69
Chopin Nocturne No.1 in E minor, Op.72
Chopin Impromptu No.1 in A-flat major, Op.29
Chopin Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major, Op.47
Bach Aria with 30 variations (Goldberg Variations) BWV 988

Programme 2
Bach Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1

Programme 3
Liszt Legend No.2 “St. Francois de Paul marchant sur les flots”
Beethoven Liszt Songs
Beethoven Andante Favori
Beethoven Sonata in D minor, No.2, Op.31, "Tempest" and/or Sonata in F major, No.6, Op.10
Schubert 4 Impromtus, Op.142
Busoni Toccata

Programme 4
Liszt Legend No.2 “St. Francois de Paul marchant sur les flots”
Ryabov Fantasia in C minor, Op. 21, in memory of Maria Yudina
Schubert Sonata A Major D 664
Chopin Polonaise in C minor
Chopin Polonaise Fantasy in A-flat Major
Chopin Rondo in E-flat major
Chopin Scherzo No 3
Chopin Ballade No. 4 in F minor

Programme 5
Liszt Legend No.2 “St. Francois de Paul marchant sur les flots”
Liszt Sonata in B minor
Debussy Préludes Book 2

Concerto repertoire

J. S. Bach
Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052
Piano Concerto in E major, BWV 1053
Piano Concerto in D major, BWV 1054
Piano Concerto in A major, BWV 1055
Piano Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056
Piano Concerto in F major, BWV 1057
Piano Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058
Brandenburg concerto in D major, BWV1050

Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19
Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major, Op.73
Triple Concerto, Op.56

Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.83

Piano Concerto in E minor, Op. 11
Piano Concerto in F minor, Op.21

Rhapsody in Blue

Piano Concerto in A minor

Piano Concerto in D major, H. 18/11

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat major

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.238
Piano Concerto in C major, K.246
Piano Concerto in E flat major, K.271
Piano Concerto in C major, K.415
Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.450
Piano Concerto in G major, K.453
Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.456
Piano Concerto in F major, K.459
Piano Concerto in D minor, K.466
Piano Concerto in C Major, K.467
Piano Concerto in E flat Major K.482
Piano Concerto in A major, K.488
Piano Concerto in C minor, K.491
Piano Concerto in C major, K.503
Piano Concerto in B flat major, K.595

Piano Concerto No.1 in D flat major, Op.10
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16
Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Piano Concerto No.5 in G Major, Op.55

Piano Concerto No.1 in F-sharp minor, Op.1
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Concerto for the Left Hand

Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor

Piano Concerto

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

Piano Concerto in F sharp minor

Concerto for the Piano and Winds

Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat major, Op.23

[Sergei Babayan] is a genius. Full stop. ... He possesses a palette of sounds that is magical and infinite.

Le Devoir

A virtuoso … whose golden touch left us in bliss. According to the experts, he is without a doubt one of the best musicians of our time.


A beguiling affair that combined formidable technique with musicianship of great elegance.


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