Featured Performer

Master Class with Sergei Babayan

A unique opportunity for students and members of the IC Community.

Saturday, December 1, 2018
1:00 p.m. at Hockett Family Recital Hall
James J. Whalen Center for Music

Concert and master class are free and open to the public. Individuals requiring accommodation should call 607-274-3717 or email ekibelsbeck@ithaca.edu as much in advance of the event as possible.

The Artist

Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time: Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, he 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 David Robertson, Neeme Järvi, Yuri Temirkanov, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk, among others. 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 Mo. 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 was artist-in-residence.

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.

Sergei Babayan appears by arrangement with Opus3.

The Program

An All-Frédéric Chopin Program:

Polonaise in C-sharp minor op. 26 No. 1  
Waltzes in C-sharp minor  op. 64 No. 2  
Barcarolle in F-sharp major op. 60  
Waltzes in B minor op. 69 No. 2  
Nocturne in B major op. 9 No. 3  
Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat major op. 61  
Prélude in E major op. 28 No. 9  
Nocturne in E minor op. 72 No. 1  
Scherzo No. 4 in E major op. 54  
Sixteen Mazurkas