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Sergei Babayan in Recital

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International prize-winning pianist Sergei Babayan presented a program of music. 


October 3, 2023 | 7:30 pm
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

$35 General Admission | $15 Students


Masterclass Q&A with Students

October 2, 2023 | 12:00 noon
Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall

Free and open to the public.

The meditative focus and rare stillness of Armenian-American pianist Sergei Babayan’s keyboard artistry prompted the Hamburger Abendblatt to liken him to “one of those Japanese calligraphers who contemplate the white page before them in silence until, at the exact right moment, their brush makes its instinctive, perfect sweep across the paper”. Babayan himself has observed that making music should be open to surprises and spontaneous insights, allowing unexpected emotions to emerge and subtle shadings to evolve naturally.

His program included the following:

  • Franz LisztBallade No. 2 in B minor
  • Vladimir RyabovFantasia in memory of Maria Yudina
  • Sergei RachmaninovEtude-Tableau in E-flat minor Op.39 No. 5, Etude-Tableau in C minor Op.39 No. 1, Moment Musical in E-flat minor Op.16 No.2, Moment Musical in C Major Op.16 No.6
  • Schubert-LisztDer Muller und der Bach and Erlkönig
  • Franz SchubertSonata in G Major Op.78 D.894 or Schubert B-flat Sonata

Born in Armenia into a musical family, Sergei Babayan began his studies there with Georgy Saradjev and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International Piano Competition. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.

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