Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy, and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. He has collaborated with such conductors as Antonio Pappano, David Robertson, Rafael Payare, Thomas Dausgaard, Tugan Sokhiev, Valery Gergiev, and Dima Slobodeniouk. He performs with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a regular guest at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, and Munich’s Prinzregententheater, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, Alte Oper Frankfurt, and the Zurich Tonhalle. Babayan is a Deutsche Grammophon exclusive artist; his latest release, Rachmaninoff (DG 2020), received numerous awards, including BBC Recording of the Month and CHOC Classica. In 2018 he released his own transcriptions for two pianos of works by Sergei Prokofiev with Martha Argerich, Prokofiev for Two (DG 2018). Born in Armenia, 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. An American citizen, he lives in New York City.
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