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Sergei Babayan

Piano
Curating Artist, Konzerthaus Dortmund (2019)

Intermusica artists appear at the inaugural Tsinandali Festival

10 September 2019

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Renaud Capuçon
George Li
Mischa Maisky
Lahav Shani
Yuja Wang

The inaugural Tsinandali Festival began on 8 September 2019 at the historic Tsinandali Estate in the Georgian region of Kakheti Tsindali.


Internationally renowned soloists, conductors, composers, music scholars and artists feature during the 15-day festival, including six Intermusica artists: George Li, Sergei Babayan, Yuja Wang, Renaud Capuçon, Mischa Maisky and Lahav Shani.


The festival’s founders include Martin Engstroem, founder of Verbier Festival, and Avi Shoshani, Secretary General of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. A selection of performances will be streamed on live on Medici TV.


The festival programme includes recital and chamber music performances, as well as orchestral concerts with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra.


Intermusica artists’ performances at the festival are as follows:


9 September, 12pm
George Li, recital
Watch the performance on Medici TV


10 September, 12pm
Renaud Capuçon, chamber concert with Edgar Moreau and Nicholas Angelich


11 September, 12pm
George Li, chamber concert with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth


11 September, 7pm
Renaud Capuçon, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra cond. Andras Schiff


15 September, 7pm
Mischa Maisky, Pan-Caucasian Youth Orchestra cond. Jukka-Pekka Saraste


16 September, 7pm
Sergei Babayan, recital


17 September, 12pm
Mischa Maisky, chamber concert with Lily Maisky


17 September, 7pm
Sergei Babayan, Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra cond. Gábor Takács-Nagy


18 September, 12pm
Yuja Wang, chamber concert with Martin Fröst


18 September, 7pm
Lahav Shani, Pan Caucasian Youth Orchestra cond. Omer Meir Welber


19 September, 7pm
Yuja Wang, Verbier Festival Orchestra cond. Giovanni Guzzo


22 September, 7pm
Yuja Wang, Pan Caucasian Youth Orchestra cond. Lahav Shani
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Intermusica at the 2019 Verbier Festival: 18 concerts over 16 days

The Verbier Festival opens on 18 July 2019, beginning two weeks of concerts from some of classical music’s biggest stars. As ever there is a strong Intermusica presence, with nine artists performing throughout the festival. Several concerts will be streamed live on Medici.tv – click here for more details.


Kristóf Baráti made his debut at Verbier in 2016, giving two sensational back-to-back recitals of Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. He has since become a festival favourite and this year joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra to perform Bartók at the festival’s opening concert at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 18 July. On 23 July, Baráti unites with Lahav Shani and Sergei Babayan for an all-star chamber concert at the Église at 11am. Shani and Babayan begin the concert with Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, after which Baráti leads a performance of Brahms Piano Quartet No.1 with Shani, Lawrence Power and Jian Wang.


On 19 July, Narek Hakhnazaryan and Daniil Trifonov unite for a recital at the Église at 4pm. Together they perform sonatas by Shostakovich and Rachmaninov, a repeat of their recital programme during Trifonov’s recent residency at the Rheingau Festival. Hakhnazaryan also performs at the Église at 11am on 22 July, joining Marc Bouchkov and Behzod Abduraimov to play piano trios by Rachmaninov, Dvořák and the Armenian composer Arno Babajanian.


Daniil Trifonov gives two further performances at the festival this year. On 20 July he gives a sold-out solo recital at the Église at 8pm, performing a wide-ranging programme of 20th century music. The following day, he joins Sergei Babayan to perform works for two pianos by Robert Schumann, Bach and Mozart with Gábor Takács-Nagy and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm. Babayan also gives a solo recital of Chopin at the Église at 8pm on 29 July.


George Li returns to Verbier for three performances. On 21 July at 8pm he joins Daniel Hope, Lawrence Power and his fellow rising star Sheku Kanneh-Mason to perform music by Bridge, Elgar and Rebecca Clarke. Li and Kanneh-Mason then reunite on 24 July in recital at the Église at 11am, performing music by Beethoven, Debussy, Lutosławski, Fauré and Mendelssohn. Li brings his stay at the festival to a close with a solo recital of linked pieces by Beethoven and Schumann at the Église at 11am on 27 July.


This year sees the return of Louis Schwizgebel to Verbier for a solo recital at the Église at 4pm on 26 July. Schwizgebel performs three works by Debussy: the evocative Estampes, with its movements evoking Indonesia, Moorish Spain and a violent rainstorm, Images oubliées and L’isle joyeuse. His recital culminates in Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition.


Lahav Shani is joined by violinist Vadim Repin and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 27 July. Shani opens the concert with Weber Overture to Oberon and then conducts Repin in Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.2. The concert culminates in Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 ‘Scottish’. He also conducts the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins in a concert of Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Stravinsky at 7pm on 31 July.


Renaud Capuçon’s return to Verbier comes alongside pianist András Schiff in a sold-out recital at the Église at 11am on 28 July. Their programme features three different composers embodying three different ways of exploring the sonata form: Debussy, Schumann and Franck.


Leonidas Kavakos is a firm favourite of the Verbier audience and this year gives two performances at the Salle des Combins. On 29 July he performs Beethoven Sonata for Violin and Piano No.9 with Evgeny Kissin at 7pm, and he then returns on 2 August (also at 7pm) to perform Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Antoine Tamestit and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.


Antoine Tamestit gives two further performances at this year’s festival. He is first joined by harpsichordist Masato Suzuki for a recital of music by Bach at the Église at 11am on 1 August. As well as collaborating on Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da gamba and harpsichord, the two musicians separately perform his Cello Suite No.2 and French Suite No.5. Tamestit also joins his regular collaborators in the Quatuor Ébène at 11am the Église on 29 July to perform Mozart String Quintet No.4.

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Sergei Babayan performs in recital at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival

27 June 2019

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Sergei Babayan gives two recitals at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival this month, performing at the Alte Reithalle and Kirche on 11 and 12 July 2019. Babayan performs the music of Arvo Pärt, Liszt, Chopin and Ryabov, of which is a noted interpreter, culminating in Bach Goldberg Variations.


Babayan performed the same programme in Munich in March and was met with great acclaim in the press:


“Babayan's virtuosity brought the dazzling contrasts of elegiac and etude-engineered themes and Melodies into such a compelling interpretation, that everyone was bound to their seats and astonished by the pianistic fireworks that unfolded on stage. One simply cannot play the piano any better.”
Bachtrack, March 2019

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Sergei Babayan returns to Wigmore Hall

04 June 2019

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Sergei Babayan returns to London for a recital at Wigmore Hall on 18 June 2019. He returns with an all-Chopin programme, opening his recital with some of the composer’s most popular individual pieces before exploring the characteristically Polish form of the mazurka in the second half.


International Pianist described Babayan’s recital at Wigmore Hall last year as “luxurious” and with “unstoppably volcanic force… Tonight it was played by a genius.”


Ahead of his return to London, Babayan performs at the Janáček May Festival in Ostrava with a programme of Chopin, Bach and Rameau on 13 June. He then heads to Bavaria for a recital at Schloss Elmau on 15 June.

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Sergei Babayan gives duo recitals in Zurich and Frankfurt with Martha Argerich 

18 February 2019

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Tonhalle Zürich

Sergei Babayan reunites with his long-standing duo partner and close friend Martha Argerich for three concerts this month, starting at the Tonhalle Maag in Zurich on 2 March 2019. They then travel to Germany for concerts at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria and the Alter Oper Frankfurt on 4 and 10 March respectively.


Babayan and Argerich perform a programme of works by Prokofiev, Mozart and Rachmaninov. The Prokofiev pieces featured on Prokofiev for Two, their recent album for Deutsche Grammophon, and have been arranged for two pianos by Babayan himself.


Babayan and Argerich have received effusive critical praise for their previous performances:


“Argerich and Babayan, as of one piece, celebrated the art of singing on the piano in the softest possible way. Colors of sound which have never been heard like this before.”
Die Rheinpfalz


“The performance was thrilling, a momentous display of virtuosity fuelled by artistic understanding and long personal friendship.”
Cleveland.com


“Their virtuosic playing in music by Mozart and Prokofiev was simply phenomenal... The performers traded glistening runs in the opening Allegro, voiced elegant phrases in the Andante, and galloped through the final Allegro at a breath-taking pace, while carefully controlling articulation and phrasing…a night to remember.”
Cleveland Classical

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Sergei Babayan gives debut recital at the Concertgebouw

11 February 2019

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Sergei Babayan makes his recital debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam on 14 February 2019. The programme features a carefully curated selection of works by Chopin including Polonaises, Waltzes and Mazurkas.


Babayan performed this same programme at the Auditorium Radio France in Paris on 3 February, which will be broadcast on the Radio France website.


Following his solo recital at the Wigmore Hall last year, Pianist Magazine wrote:


"I don't have superlatives to do justice to what I heard... in Babayan's performance the ideas poured out in luxurious profusion and with unstoppably volcanic force. Babayan brought magic of a completely different kind. [In reference to Ryabov's Fantasia in C minor] Tonight it was played by a genius."

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2018 was another fantastic year for Intermusica artists, with many singled out by the world’s top publications and broadcasters in their end-of-year highlight features. Read a selection below:


Daniil Trifonov featured in a plethora of publications including The Guardian, Sunday Times, New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Arts Fuse, Seen & Heard and New York Classical Review. His recent release on Deutsche Grammophon, Destination Rachmaninov: Departure, with Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, was widely praised, as was his ‘Decades’ recital at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called “playing of unreal beauty”. A recital with mentor Sergei Babayan was highlighted in Boston Classical Review, with Trifonov deemed “among the most sensational keyboard artists of his generation” and Babayan “second-to-none in his own right.”


Also popular amongst critics was Sir John Eliot Gardiner, whose Carnegie Hall appearance with his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, as part of Carnegie’s Berlioz Festival, drew glowing commentary. Gardiner’s Berlioz and Schumann exploration with the LSO, including an appearance at the 2018 BBC Proms, was similarly lauded (Arts Desk: “I reeled from… [Gardiner’s]… contributions … He sold instantly the ideas that wind and brass as well as upper strings… should stand”), and memorably enhanced by Antoine Tamestit’s take on Harold in Italy, which saw the soloist use theatrics to better inhabit the wandering eponymous hero (Tamestit’s Harold also came in for praise from Arts Desk, Limelight and New York Classical Review). Gardiner’s Verdi Requiem at the Concertgebouw and other venues was also mentioned by NRC and Seen & Heard.


British music champion Martyn Brabbins was singled out by several publications including The Guardian and Sunday Times, who included his releases of Tippett Symphonies 1& 2 (BBC Scottish Orchestra, Hyperion) and Ferneyhough: La Terre est un Homme (BBC Symphony Orchestra, NMC) in their recordings of the year round-ups. 


Matthew Aucoin was picked out by WQXR for his opera Second Nature (on the topic of climate change) and “[making] the [classical] tradition more alive and urgent than ever.” Aucoin’s conducting skills impressed The New York Times, who noted his “instinct for tension” when conducting Peter Sellars’ Santa Fe Opera production of Doctor Atomic.


Colin Currie Group’s release of Drumming, the first on the new Colin Currie Records label, enchanted listeners with Arts Fuse calling it “one of – no, the – greatest recording of the piece to date” and The Boston Globe terming it “an ecstatic rendition…[which]…absolutely transports.”


Andrew Manze’s Mendelssohn symphony cycle with NDR Radiophilharmonie, where he is Chief Conductor, garnered praise from Arts Fuse, as did his moving War Requiem with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and NDR Radiophilharmonie at Liverpool Cathedral and in Hannover (one of Fiona Maddox at The Guardian’s Best of 2018), which saw British and German players unite to mark 100 years since the end of World War I.


Mark Wigglesworth was roundly praised by Seen & Heard (“typically first-rate conducting”), The Stage (“an exceptional musical performance”) and Arts Desk for his House of the Dead at the Royal Opera House; while over at English National Opera, Porgy and Bess, conducted by John Wilson, was a highlight for The Stage, The Guardian and Evening Standard.


Emmanuel Krivine’s Erato recording of works by Debussy with National Orchestre de France was deemed “electrifying” by WQXR; the same work was highlighted in The Daily Mail's top classical releases.


Other notable recordings included Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s “eminently accessible” rendition of Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet (WQXR); Nora Fischer’s Hush – “radically unorthodox yet utterly gorgeous” (WQXR), Boris Giltburg’s Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 2 with Royal Scottish National (Politiken); and Marek Janowksi’s “sumptuous Hindemith collection” on Pentatone (Arts Desk). Recordings by Francesco Piemontesi and Renaud Capuçon (Liszt Années de pèlerinage, Orfeo, and Bartok Violin Concertos Nos 1 & 2 with LSO, Hyperion) featured in The Sunday Times’ Classical Albums of the Year.


Lahav Shani’s new position as Chief Conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra was noted as a special moment by Seen & Heard and NRC, while Giancarlo Guerrero’s performances with Boston Symphony Orchestra (“a spectacular, kinetic reading”) and Curtis Symphony Orchestra (“at once authoritative and at the same time warmly collaborative") were noted by Arts Fuse and Seen & Heard. Mischa Maisky’s Jansen/Maisky/Argerich Trio performance at the Barbican was deemed “chamber music writ large” and “opulent” by Arts Desk.


Singers singled out by cultural commentators included Lise Davidsen for her “superlative” performance in the title role in a “long overdue feminist reassessment” of Ariadne auf Naxos at Festival d’Aix en Provence (Seen & Heard), as well as for her involvement in the Royal Opera House and Antonio Pappano’s Verdi Requiem – “the classiest perfection imaginable, crowned by the phenomenal Lise Davidsen” (Arts Desk).


Fellow dramatic soprano Iréne Theorin was noted in Seen & Heard as a “commanding Isolde” in Staatsoper Berlin and Daniel Barenboim’s Tristan und Isolde, as was Natalya Romaniw, who sang "with grace and conviction” in the world premiere of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Testament alongside the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Kirill Karabits.


David Alden’s “fine Lohengrin” at the Royal Opera House was singled out by The Stage, as was Garsington’s first full-scale commission, The Skating Rink, featuring Susan Bickley creating the role of Carmen.


2018 ended well for Sir James MacMillan, whose Cumnock Tryst took the number one spot in Fiona Maddox’s Best Classical Music of 2018 list for its unique role in “revitalising a local community with world-class performances”. The Scotsman, looking ahead to 2019, noted “it’s going to be a big year for Scotland’s most high-profile composer” as MacMillan turns 60, celebrating with a host of concerts and new works.

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Sergei Babayan performs at Schloss Elmau with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra

10 November 2018

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Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau

Sergei Babayan joins the Verbier Festival's residency at Schloss Elmau in Bavaria this month to perform in recital and in concert from 24 October 2018. For his first concert on 24 November, Babayan performs a recital featuring works by Chopin. He then joins the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Gábor Takács-Nagy to perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.25 in C major on 27 November.


Babayan gave a string of performances at this year's Verbier Festival, and was named “the pianist with the golden touch” by the Tribune de Genève following one concert.

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Intermusica artists win six awards at inaugural Opus Klassik awards

03 September 2018

Related profiles:
Marin Alsop
Boris Giltburg
George Li
Carlos Miguel Prieto
Philharmonix

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Opus Klassik

We are delighted to announce that five Intermusica artists, along with imagine ensemble Philharmonix, have been recognised at the inaugural Opus Klassik awards, the major new prize for recorded classical music in Germany.


Daniil Trifonov is awarded ‘Instrumentalist of the Year (piano)’ for his Deutsche Grammophon recording of Chopin Evocation with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev and fellow Intermusica artist Sergei Babayan. Babayan himself is the recipient of the 'Chamber Music Recording of the Year (20th/21st century)' for his Deutsche Grammophon disc Prokofiev for Two, with Martha Argerich.


Virtuoso ensemble Philharmonix, who joined Intermusica's imagine portfolio earlier this year, won the ‘Classical Without Borders’ category for their Deutsche Grammophon release The Vienna Berlin Music Club Vol. 1.


Marin Alsop receives the ‘Symphonic Recording of the Year (20th/21st century)’ award for her Naxos recording of Bernstein Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Alsop, Bernstein's protégé and long-time champion, has been pivotal to the 2018 global Bernstein centenary celebrations, most recently leading high-profile performances with the Baltimore Symphony at the Edinburgh International Festival and BBC Proms, on the weekend of the composer's 100th birthday.


Elsewhere, Intermusica pianists George Li and Boris Giltburg triumphed: Li was awarded ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (19th century, piano)’ for his debut recording on Warner Classics, Live at the Mariinsky, while Giltburg took home ‘Soloist Recording of the Year (20th/21st century, piano)’ for his recording of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2 & Études-tableaux Op.33 with the RSNO conducted by Intermusica's Carlos Miguel Prieto (Naxos).


The awards will be presented at a ceremony in the Konzerthaus Berlin on Sunday 14 October, and broadcast on ZDF at 10.15pm local time.

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Sergei Babayan continues his recital tour around Europe with concerts in Bergen, Toulouse & Rotterdam

23 August 2018

Sergei Babayan begins his tour around Europe with recitals at the Music Festival Notre-Dame de Vie in Mougins, Mänttä Music Festival, International Chopin Piano Festival at Duszniki Zdrój and Festival International de Piano de La Roque d'Anthéron throughout August. He continues with his travels and performs concerts at The International Edvard Grieg Competition in Bergen on 7 September, Festival Piano aux Jacobins in Toulouse on 11 September, and concludes his summer recitals at the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival on 14 September.


Babayan’s diverse programmes feature music by Arvo Pärt, Liszt, Ryabov, Rameau, Chopin and Rachmaninov in Bergen and Toulouse. His programme in Rotterdam opens with Wagner’s Dedication and Tristan and Isolde: Liebestod (arr. Liszt), to reflect the theme of ‘Earthly and Heavenly Love’.

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Sergei Babayan closes the 73rd Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival

Sergei Babayan closes this year’s 73rd Duszniki International Chopin Piano Festival with a solo recital at the Dworek Chopina on 11 August 2018.


Babayan's programme encompasses a wide range of repertoire including Arvo Pärt, Liszt, Ryabov and Rameau in the first half with a selection of pieces by Chopin and Rachmaninov to close the programme. Babayan takes the same programme to the Festival International de Piano La Roque d'Anthéron on 16 August.

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Sergei Babayan signs exclusive recording deal with Deutsche Grammophon

20 July 2018

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Intermusica is delighted to share the news that Sergei Babayan has signed an exclusive recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. The signing was announced at the Verbier Festival ahead of his first concert of the festival at the Église de Verbier with Kristóf Baráti and Mischa Maisky on 20 July.


Babayan recently released his fist album on the yellow label with long-term collaborator Martha Argerich entitled Prokofiev for Two, a recording of Babayan’s transcriptions of a dozen pieces from Romeo and Juliet alongside other works by the composer. Looking to the future, Babayan is set to expand his DG discography with a project that pairs Mozart sonatas with various pieces from different periods. Future projects will explore composers particularly associated with Babayan’s musical identity, including Bach and Rachmaninov.


Announcing the signing, President of Deutsche Grammophon Dr Clemens Trautmann commented:


“Dazzling virtuosity, the utmost expressive honesty and exquisite eloquence belong to the essential ingredients that make Sergei Babayan’s playing so unique. His creativity stems from both his virtuosic mastery of his instrument and his in-depth understanding of music and intellectual history. Away from the keyboard, Sergei is an incredibly inspiring communicator, a teacher who imparts knowledge with enormous energy and intelligence. His duo partnerships with Martha Argerich and Daniil Trifonov on Prokofiev for Two and Chopin Evocations underlined what we already knew about his musicianship, revealing the incredible depth of his passion and compassion as an artist. These qualities will also be a feature of his solo albums. We welcome him to the yellow label and are determined to share his artistic insights with the widest possible audience.”


Click here to listen to Prokofiev for Two.

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Intermusica at the 2018 Verbier Festival

Verbier Festival has announced its programme for 2018, with a typically star-studded line-up featuring a host of Intermusica artists. Highlights include a gala concert celebrating 25 years of Verbier, a solo recital from Daniil Trifonov and a Mischa Maisky ‘Carte Blanche’ concert. All concerts are streamed live on Medici.tv.


George Li joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the opening concert of the festival on 19 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.


Sergei Babayan, Kristóf Baráti and Mischa Maisky unite on 20 July at 11:00 at the Église with a programme of J.S. Bach, Rameau and Shostakovich.


Leonidas Kavakos performs his first concert of the festival with Diemut Poppen and Patrick Demenga at 20:00 on 21 July at the Église.


Kristóf Baráti and Sergei Babayan join friends for a recital on 22 July at 20:00 at the Église.


At 20:00 on 23 July, Mischa Maisky performs a ‘Carte Blanche’ concert with various musical friends and family, including son Sascha Maisky and daughter Lily Maisky at the Église.


Kavakos joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Christopher Eschenbach and Ying Fang for a programme of Mahler and Berg on 23 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.


Baráti performs with Lucas Debargue at 11:00 on 24 July at the Église, with music by Debussy, Franck and Brahms.


On 25 July, a gala concert celebrates Verbier Festival’s silver jubilee at the Salle des Combins at 18:00. Performers include Babayan, Kavakos, Renaud Capuçon, Maisky and Daniil Trifonov, among many other stars of the classical world.


Baráti performs another recital at the Église on 27 July at 17:00, with Daniel Lozakovich, Eduard Wulfson and Zarina Shimanskaya.


Capuçon and Kavakos join forces with Yuja Wang and others on 27 July at the Église at 20:00 for a programme of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.


Kian Soltani and Trifonov perform at the Église at 11:00 on 29 July for music by Robert and Clara Schumann, and a piece by Trifonov himself.


Richard Goode returns to the festival at 15:00 on 29 July to perform Mozart with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu.


Capuçon joins various fellow musicians for an all-Brahms programme on 29 July at 20:00 at the Église.


Soltani joins a quartet on 30 July at 17:00 at the Église for a concert of Lucas Debargue (also one of the performers) and Brahms.


Babayan performs a solo recital on 31 July at 11:00 at the Église.


Kavakos joins another A-list line up for a programme of Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Fauré and Chausson on 31 July at 20:00 at the Église.


Trifonov performs a solo recital at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins the same day, 31 July, with a programme exploring Chopin.


Soltani joins Aaron Pilsan on 1 August at 11:00 at the Église for a duo recital.


Maisky performs with Iván Fischer and the Verbier Festival Orchestra on 2 August at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.


Visit the Verbier Festival website for the full list of concerts for 2018.

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Sergei Babayan performs in recital at Wigmore Hall

03 July 2018

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Sergei Babayan returns to London on 17 July 2018 to make his solo debut at Wigmore Hall. Babayan's wide-ranging programme opens with Vladimir Ryabov’s tribute to Soviet pianist Maria Yudina, his own arrangement of Arvo Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel and works by Couperin, Rameau and Mozart.


Following his recital in London, Babayan travels to Switzerland for several appearances at the Verbier Festival. Babayan repeats his London programme in a solo recital on 31 July, and also performs with Yuri Bashmet and Kristóf Baráti. He also joins an array of famous names for a special gala concert on 25 July celebrating the Verbier Festival's 25th anniversary.

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Sergei Babayan releases first album with Martha Argerich on Deutsche Grammophon

23 March 2018

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Sergei Babayan releases his debut album with long-term friend Martha Argerich on 23 March 2018 entitled Prokofiev for Two. The album features a number works by Prokofiev, transcribed for two pianos by Babayan himself, including 12 Movements from Romeo and Juliet, Incidental Music To Hamlet and To Eugene Onegin, the film score for The Queen of Spades, as well as Natasha’s and Andrei’s Valse from War and Peace.


Babayan and Argerich have performed various works from the album on numerous occasions, most recently in Basel, Stuttgart and Bern. The album has been lauded by Concerti as their CD of the Month for April:


“One can hear that there are two artists of excellent rhythmic understanding at work here. The two experienced pianists have a range of different moods and finesse of touch in their pianistic repertoire: melancholy, humor, irony, grace.” Concerti, April 2018


Watch a trailer for the album below.

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Sergei Babayan & Daniil Trifonov begin duo recital tour of Germany & the United States

07 February 2018

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Sergei Babayan and Daniil Trifonov embark on a duo recital tour around Germany and the US this month, starting at Essen's Philharmonie on 21 February 2018. They then travel to Berlin the following day to perform at the Pierre Boulez Saal. The duo then continue on to the United States to perform recitals at Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall on 25 February, Davies Hall in San Francisco on 27 February, Carnegie Hall on 1 March and NEC’s Brown Hall in Boston on 3 March.


Their programme features music by Schumann, Stravinsky, Rachmaninov, Ravel and a special world premiere and LA Philharmonic co-commission of a new piece for two pianos by Mauro Lanza.


Following their duo recital at the Wigmore Hall in 2016, Babayan and Trifonov received outstanding critical acclaim:


"[Their concert] was a beguiling affair that combined formidable technique with musicianship of great elegance... Their playing blends rigour with great charm and an almost tangible sense of their own enjoyment... The precision, panache and exuberance with which Trifonov and Babayan played were simply breathtaking, the standing ovation that followed richly deserved."
Guardian, February 2016

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Verbier Festival announces 2018 programme

Verbier Festival has announced its programme for 2018, with a typically star-studded line-up featuring a host of Intermusica artists. Highlights include a gala concert celebrating 25 years of Verbier, a solo recital from Daniil Trifonov and a Mischa Maisky ‘Carte Blanche’ concert.


George Li joins Valery Gergiev and the Verbier Festival Orchestra for the opening concert of the festival on 19 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.
Sergei Babayan performs with Yuri Bashmet on 20 July at 11:00 at the Église with a programme of J.S. Bach Schnittke and Shostakovich.


On 21 July, Leonidas Kavakos performs his first concert of the festival with Diemut Poppen and Gautier Capuçon at 20:00 at the Église.


Kristóf Baráti and Sergei Babayan join friends for a recital on 22 July at 20:00 at the Église.


On 23 July, Mischa Maisky performs a ‘Carte Blanche’ concert with various musical friends, including son Sascha Maisky and daughter Lily Maisky at 20:00 at the Église.


Kavakos joins the Verbier Festival Orchestra, Christopher Eschenbach and Ying Fang for a programme of Mahler and Berg on 23 July at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins.


Baráti performs with Lucas Debargue at 11:00 at the Église, with music by Debussy, Franck and Brahms.


On 25 July, a gala concert celebrates Verbier Festival’s silver jubilee at the Salle des Combins at 18:00. Performers include Babayan, Kavakos, Renaud Capuçon, Maisky and Daniil Trifonov, among many other stars of the classical world.


Baráti performs another recital at the Église on 27 July at 17:00, with Daniel Lozakovich, Eduard Wulfson and Zarina Shimanskaya.


Capuçon and Kavakos join forces with Yuja Wang and others on 27 July at the Église at 20:00 for a programme of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.


Kian Soltani and Trifonov perform at the Église at 11:00 on 29 July for music by Robert and Clara Schumann, and a piece by Trifonov himself.


Richard Goode returns to the festival at 15:00 on 29 July to perform Mozart with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra and conductor Alain Altinoglu.


Capuçon joins various fellow musicians for an all-Brahms programme on 29 July at 20:00 at the Église.


Soltani joins a quartet on 20 July at 17:00 at the Église for a concert of Lucas Debargue (also one of the performers) and Brahms.


Babayan performs a solo recital on 31 July at 11:00 at the Église.


Kavakos joins another A-list line up for a programme of Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Fauré and Chausson on 31 July at 20:00 at the Église.


Trifonov performs a solo recital at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins the same day, 31 July, with a programme exploring Chopin.


Soltani joins Aaron Pilsan on 1 August at 11:00 at the Église for a duo recital.


Maisky performs with Iván Fischer and the Verbier Festival Orchestra on 2 August at 19:00 at the Salle des Combins, performing Dvořák’s Cello Concerto.


Visit the Verbier Festival website for the full list of concerts for 2018. 

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Sergei Babayan returns to the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra

23 November 2017

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Sergei Babayan travels to Serbia this month to give two concerts with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra on 7 and 8 December 2017. Conducted by Hans Graf, Babayan performs Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 at Belgrade's Kolarac Hall.


The following week, Babayan travels to Tallinn to perform a solo recital at the Estonia Kontserdisaal on 12 December. His characteristically wide-ranging programme encompasses music by Arvo Pärt, Vladimir Ryabov, J.S. Bach, and Chopin.

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Sergei Babayan performs Rachmaninov with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

01 November 2017

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Sergei Babayan returns to Switzerland this month to perform with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande on 15 November 2017. Babayan joins the orchestra and conductor Jonathon Nott to perform Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at Geneva’s Victoria Hall.


Babayan also gives several recitals in November around Europe. On 6 December he and Martha Argerich reunite for a duo recital at Suttgart's Liederhalle, performing works for two pianos by Mozart and his own arrangements of works by Prokofiev including Romeo and Juliet and 7 Piano Pieces from Eugene Onegin, Hamlet, Queen of Spades and War and Peace. Following his concert in Geneva, he gives solo recitals in Oldenburg on 19 November and Lyon on 24 November, performing programmes drawn from the works of Chopin, Liszt, Arvo Pärt, JS Bach and Rachmaninov.


Babayan also performs at a special concert in aid of Medair, a charity which works with some of the world's most vulnerable people. Babayan is joined onstage by the Calidore String Quartet for a programme of works by Chopin and Brahms.

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Sergei Babayan performs in recital at the Rubinstein Piano Festival

03 October 2017

Sergei Babayan travels to Poland this month, giving two recitals at this year’s Rubinstein Piano Festival in Poland on 17 and 18 October 2017. The first concert takes place at the Arthur Rubinstein Philharmonic Concert Hall in Lodz and the second at the Bronislav Huberman Philharmonic Concert Hall in Czestochowa. Babayan’s extensive programme includes Arvo Pärt Für Alina, Liszt Ballade No.2 in B minor, Ryabov Fantasia in C minor, and a collection of pieces by J.S. Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninov.


Following a similar programme of Pärt, Ryabov, Chopin and Bach in Montreal, Le Devoir wrote:


“[Sergei Babayan] is a genius. Full stop. ... [He] possesses a palette of sounds that is magical and infinite. We desperately want to see this artist again, often, before other musical venues realise just how outstanding he is.”

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Sergei Babayan performs Schumann in return to the Edinburgh International Festival

25 July 2017

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Sergei Babayan returns to the Edinburgh International Festival this summer, performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Usher Hall on 8 August 2017. Under conductor Thomas Dausgaard, Babayan performs Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor.


The concert at Edinburgh follows soon after two performances for Babayan at the Verbier Festival: a performance of Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Gianandrea Noseda and the Verbier Festival Orchestra and a chamber concert with Kirill Gerstein, Yuja Wang and the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra.


Following the performance at Edinburgh, Babayan embarks on a duo recital tour with Martha Argerich.

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Intermusica artists appear throughout the 2017 Verbier Festival, with all performances streamed live by Medici.tv. See all the performance times, dates and venues below:


Renaud Capuçon performs sonatas for violin and piano by Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss at 11am on 22 July 2017 at the Église de Verbier with Denis Kozhukhin.


Also performing at the Église on 22 July is the Pavel Haas Quartet. At 8pm they are joined by pianist Barry Douglas for a performance of Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor and Beethoven String Quartet No.


Sergei Babayn returns to the festival to perform Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 with Joshua Weilerstein and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 24 July.


Richard Goode, Renaud Capuçon and Edgar Moreau appear at the Église at 8pm on 24 July to perform Brahms Piano Trio No.2. In the second half of the recital, Capuçon and Moreau are joined by Lahav Shani, Maxim Rysanov and Leigh Mesh for a performance of Schubert Piano Quintet in A major 'The Trout'.


The Pavel Haas Quartet makes its second appearance at the festival on 25 July, performing in recital at the Église at 11am. The quartet presents a programme of quartets by Martinů and Smetana as well as Dvořák String Quintet No.3, for which they are joined by the quartet's friend and former colleague Pavel Nikl.


Lahav Shani then conducts the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 25 July, leading a programme of Mozart Il nozze di Figaro Overture, Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 with soloist Daniel Lozakovich and Schubert Symphony No.9.


Francesco Piemontesi returns to the festival on 26 July for a solo recital at the Église at 11am, performing a programme of Mozart, Liszt, Debussy and Schubert.


The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, makes its festival debut this year, performing at the Église at 8pm on 26 July. They give a concert of works by Duruflé, Tomkins, Byrd and Poulence among others.


George Li gives a trio performance at 11am on 27 July with Daniel Lozakovich and Pablo Ferrandez at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein conducts the Junior Orchestra at 4pm at the Salle des Combins on 27 July. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Fauré Elegie for Cello and Orchestra with Edgar Moreau followed by Bruch Kol Nidrei and Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein gives a solo recital at 11am at the Église on 28 July, performing works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt.


Richard Goode makes his second appearance at the festival, performing a programme of Mozart, Janáček, Debussy and Beethoven at the Église at 11am on 29 July.


Joshua Weilerstein is joined by George Li at the Salle des Combins at 4pm on 29 July for a concert with the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra. Li performs Liszt Piano Concerto No.1, with Weilerstein then conducting Dvořák Symphony No.6.


Kirill Gerstein and Sergei Babayan join Yuja Wang and the Verber Festival Chamber Orchestra at the Salle des Combins at 7pm on 29 July for a performance of Bach concertos under the direction of Roberto Gonzáles-Monjas.


At 11am on 30 July, Kirill Gerstein is joined by Truls Mørk to perform sonatas by Brahms, Janáček and Prokofiev at the Église.


In the evening of 30 July, Antoine Tamestit and Mischa Maisky appear at the Salle des Combins alongside Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Roman Simović and Evgeny Kissin. They perform a programme of Mozart String Quartet No.1, Fauré String Quartet No.1 and Dvořák Piano Quintet No.2.


On 31 July, George Li performs a solo recital of Beethoven and Liszt at 11am at the Église. 


Joshua Weilerstein joins Martin Frost and the Verbier Festival Orchestra at the Salle des Combins on 31 July at 7pm. Weilerstein conducts a programme of Copland, Lutoslawski, Shaw and Prokofiev.


On 1 August at 11am, Tamestit joins Roberto González-Monjas, Alexander Sitkovetsky, Pablo Ferrández, Lukas Geniušas & Yuja Wang to perform works by Schubert, Beethoven & Brahms. 


James Ehnes performs at the festival on 3 August, performing at the Église at 11am. He is joined by pianist Julien Quentin for a recital of works by Bartók, Elgar, Prokofiev and Saint-Saëns.


Tamestit and Maisky reunite at the Église at 8pm on 3 August, this time performing Brahms Piano Quartet No.3 with Nikolai Lugansky. Tamestit also performs Brahms Sonata for Viola and Piano with Lugansky, while Maisky and Lugansky play the composer's Sonata for Violin and Piano No.1 in an arrangement for cello and piano by Paul Klengel.


On 5 August at the Salle des Combins at 7pm, James Ehnes, Antoine Tamestit, Mischa Maisky, Pamela Frank, Roman Simović, Pablo Ferrández, Martin Fröst, Nikolai Lugansky, Yuja Wang, the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra and Antonio Pappano will join forces for an evening celebrating friendship and musical excellence. 

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Daniil Trifonov & Sergei Babayan perform at the Edinburgh International Festival

22 August 2016

Following a performance of Beethoven Piano Concerto No.1 with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Daniel Harding on 19 August 2016, Daniil Trifonov features again in the Edinburgh International Festival on Monday 22 August.


He will give a recital at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh, performing Rachmaninov Piano Suites Nos 1 and 2 with long-standing musical collaborator Sergei Babayan (piano), before being joined by Gidon Kremer (violin) and Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (cello) to perform Rachmaninov Trio élégiaque No.2.


The recital will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3

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"An evening of awe inspiring, world class piano playing": Sergei Babayan and Daniel Trifonov praised for Wigmore Hall recital

01 March 2016

Sergei Babayan’s recent recital at the Wigmore Hall with long-standing musical collaborator and fellow Intermusica artist Daniil Trifonov on 14 February 2016 has received widespread critical acclaim. The duo performed a programme of Schumann Andante and Variations for Two Pianos, Schubert Fantasia in F minor, Brahms Hungarian Dances no. 9, 10, 17, 18 and 21, and Rachmaninov Suites Nos 1 and 2.


"[Their concert] was a beguiling affair that combined formidable technique with musicianship of great elegance. Their platform partnership is clearly founded on deep mutual understanding and respect...


Their playing blends rigour with great charm and an almost tangible sense of their own enjoyment... Schumann’s Andante and Variations showed their stylistic unity from the outset. Schubert’s great Fantaisie in F minor... was done with great sensitivity and depth of feeling, its opening melody shuttled between them with wonderful refinement...


The precision, panache and exuberance with which Trifonov and Babayan played were simply breathtaking, the standing ovation that followed richly deserved."
Guardian, February 2016


"I was struck by the highly cultivated nature of this performance [of Schubert’s F Minor Fantasie]: both performers played with enormous sensitivity and depth of feeling. They allowed the composer’s wonderful melodies to breathe while the handling of some of the extraordinary modulations was gorgeous... It was a remarkable performance of one of the great masterpieces of the repertoire...
This was an evening of awe inspiring, world class piano playing – bravo to both pianists."
Seen and Heard International, February 2016

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Sergei Babayan joins Valery Gergiev's Prokofiev cycle at the BBC Proms

01 August 2015

On 28 July 2015, Sergei Babayan performed Prokofiev Piano Concertos no.2 and 5 with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev to resounding praise. This concert, part of the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, featured a cycle of all of the Prokofiev Piano Concertos performed in order, with pianists Daniil Trifonov and Alexei Volodin dividing the other concertos between them.


“Babayan exuded the gravity of a monumental sculpture in bronze, as he teased out the beauties of this more ruminative work.”
Independent, July 2015


“Sergei Babayan offered a thoughtful, carefully modulated interpretation of the Second, judiciously integrating the first movement’s mega-cadenza into the musical logic of the whole, and reserving overt pyrotechnics for the Fifth.”
Guardian, July 2015


“Babayan … is able to make the long passages of runs seem effortless, including the one that makes up the entire second movement of this concerto. His greatest moment was the intense cadenza of the first movement, played with a paradoxical mix of weighty conviction and deftness of touch.”
Arts Desk, July 2015

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