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      Raffi Besalyan, piano

      Raffi Besalyan

      Raffi Besalyan

      Program:

      1. Komitas – “Spring”
      2. Baghdassarian – Prelude in b minor
      3. Babajanian – Prelude, Melody, Elegie, Vagharshapat Dance
      4. Rachmaninoff – Preludes Op. 3, No. 2, Op. 23, Nos. 5, 6, 7
      5. Liszt – Mephisto Waltz No. 1

      Hailed as “a true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz” (Chopin Magazine, Japan), “a keyboard phenomenon” (Fanfare Magazine), “a formidable pianist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts” (American Record Guide), “a master of his art” (The Record Geijutsu Magazine, Japan), Raffi Besalyan has established an international reputation of a magnetic and passionate performer.

      Currently an Assistant Professor of Piano at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Raffi Besalyan has toured North & South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia  performing at Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall (NYC), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Orchestra Hall (Chicago), Max M. Fisher Music Center (Detroit), Moscow Conservatory’s Rachmaninoff Hall and Maly Zal (Russia), Izumi Hall and Phoenix Hall (Japan). Besalyan has performed as a soloist with prominent orchestras including the Osaka Symphony Orchestra in Japan, the Orchestra Sinfonica Del Festival Di Chioggia in Venice, Yerevan Symphony Orchestra in Armenia, Belgorod Symphony in Russia, Kharkov Symphony in Ukraine, the New Jersey Festival Orchestra, and Moscow Chamber Orchestra among others.

      Besalyan has won top prizes in several national and international competitions including the Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition, Artists International Competition, the New York Frinna Awerbuch International Competition, and the MTNA National Piano Competition.

      A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Besalyan studied at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children and received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory as a student of Sergey Barseghyan. He received an additional Master of Music degree from Rowan University under Veda Zuponcic, and studied at the Manhattan School of Music with legendary American pianist Byron Janis and Sara Davis Buechner. His studies at the Moscow State Conservatory included classes with Alexei Nasedkin, Victor Merzhanov and Naum Shtarkman.

      In 2012 Besalyan established himself as an award ­winning recording artist, receiving international accolades for his album “Dance, Drama, Decadence” (IMC Music, Japan). Besalyan recently signed with GRAMMY® Award­Winning record label Sono Luminus. His first recording of solo works by S. Rachmaninoff and A. Babajanian “The Return” was released in March of 2015.

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