Perspectives: Daniil Trifonov
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Sergei Babayan is one of the leading pianists of our time. Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color, Mr. Babayan brings deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire.
Mr. Babayan has collaborated with such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Järvi, Hans Graf, David Robertson, Tugan Sokhiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk; in addition, he has frequently performed with Valery Gergiev to great critical acclaim. With Mr. Gergiev, he has given festival performances at the Stars of the White Nights Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, Salzburg Festival, and Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival, as well as appearances at renowned venues, including the Barbican Centre with the London Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élyseés.
The 2017–2018 season sees Mr. Babayan in performances with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Cameristi del Teatro alla Scala, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Orchestra, Szczecin Philharmonic, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and Verbier Festival Orchestra. He will appear at Berlin’s new Pierre Boulez Saal, Essen’s Philharmonie, and Stuttgart’s Liederhalle. With Martha Argerich, a frequent collaborator, he will also perform in numerous cities across Europe.
Engagements and tours have brought Mr. Babayan to preeminent international concert venues, including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s Severance Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, Paris’s Salle Gaveau, Warsaw’s National Philharmonic, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Nuremberg’s Meistersingerhalle, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, Karlsruhe’s Johannes-Brahms-Saal, Bonn’s Beethovenhalle, Prague’s Dvořák Hall, and Geneva’s Victoria Hall. His performances have been broadcast by Radio France, Polish Radio and Television, BBC-TV, BBC Radio 3, NHK, and medici.tv.
An American citizen living in New York City, Mr. Babayan was born in Armenia to a musical family. He began his studies in Armenia under the tutelage of Georgy Saradjev, and continued at the Moscow Conservatory, where he worked 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 competitions, including the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international piano competitions.