"Babayan favors a playing style that speaks to the senses, to the range of his love for the music, which is unsurpassed."


- L'Actualite

 


Venue

Seligman Performing Arts Center
22305 W. 13 Mile Road, Beverly Hills
 

PROGRAM

Liszt: Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S. 171
Chopin:  Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26
                Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2
                Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque
Vladimir Ryabov: Fantasy in C minor
Rachmaninoff: Moments musicaux, Op. 16
                No. 2 in E-flat minor
                No. 6 in C major

PRE-CONCERT EVENT

7pm, Free to ticket-holders.
Steve will talk about some of the highlights, specials, and new programming for the upcoming 75th anniversary season.

Armenian-born Sergei Babayan was the first pianist from the former USSR to compete and study in the West after the collapse of the Soviet system. In short order, he took first prizes at the Robert Casadesus (now Cleveland), Hamamatsu, and Scottish International Competitions, and was among the top finishers at the Busoni, Queen Elisabeth, and Honens Competitions. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, adhering to his conviction that "artists must live and work at a fever-pitch in the incessant pursuit of ideal beauty and the highest degree of artistry." Babayan's engagements and tours take him to some of the best-known festivals and concert venues, and he has worked with many distinguished conductors, among them Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, and Hans Graf. A sought-after teacher at the Cleveland Institute and Juilliard School, he regularly performs duo recitals and double concerti with his now-famous former student Daniil Trifonov.