November 16, 2021 7:30 PM to 9:30 PMUptown Campus
The concert Piano Series brings acclaimed pianists from around to world to the Dixon Hall stage. November 16 features Sergei Babayan.
Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and
remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverse
repertoire. Le Figaro has praised his "unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity."
Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergei Babayan is a genius. Period.”
Sergei Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Neeme Järvi,
Yuri Temirkanov, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk. Over the years, Babayan has performed
with Valery Gergiev numerous times to great critical acclaim, including appearances at the International Festival "Stars
of the White Nights", the Moscow Easter Festival, the Barbican Centre with Maestro Gergiev conducting the London
Symphony Orchestra, in St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Théâtre des
Champs-Elyseés in Paris, at the Salzburg Festival, and at the Rotterdam Philharmonic-Gergiev Festival, where Babayan
In recent seasons, Mr. Babayan’s schedule included concert performances with the Leipzig Gewandhaus
Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra,
the Mariinsky Orchestra, Toronto Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra, among
others. Sergei Babayan regularly performs at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including the Amsterdam
Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus and Munich Prinzregententheater,
the Maison de la Radio in Paris, at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Frankfurt Alte Oper, and the Zurich Tonhalle.
He will also return to major festivals including La Roque d’Anthéron, Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse, Gstaad Menuhin
Festival, and Verbier Festival. At Konzerthaus Dortmund, Sergei Babayan was a Curating Artist during the 2019/20
season. Mr. Babayan performs with the world's foremost orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra,
Cleveland Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, Detroit
Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Sergei Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release 'Rachmaninoff' (DG 2020) was
hailed by the international press as a groundbreaking recording and received numerous awards including BBC
Recording of the Month and CHOC Classica ('This musical journey, born out of a limitless imagination and thought
in minute detail, is one big masterpiece.') His previous DG release of his own transcriptions for two pianos of works
by Sergei Prokofiev, with Martha Argerich as his partner (‘Prokofiev for Two’; DG 2018), was praised by reviewers as
‘the CD one has waited for’ (Le Devoir), an ‘electrifying duo that leaves the listener in consternation’ (Pianiste). Mr.
Babayan's performances have been broadcast by Radio France, BBC-TV and BBC Radio 3, NHK Satellite Television and
Born in Armenia into a musical family, 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.