Beginning his career in the USA, Japan and UK by winning several consecutive first prizes in prestigious international competitions including the Cleveland, Hamamatsu and Scottish international piano competitions.
Also, he became a laureate of Busoni competition in Bolzano and Queen Elizabeth competition in Brussels.
Since that time he has had major engagements and concert tours throughout the world in many major international centers including places such as Salle Gaveau in Paris, Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmonic, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Meistersingerhalle in Nurnberg, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Brahms-Saal in Karlsruhe, Beethovenhalle in Bonn, Philharmonie Hall in Essen, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, Victora Hall in Geneva in and many others.
Sergei Babayan performed with major orchestras throughout the world including the orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre, London Symphony orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore, Detroit, BBC Scottish, New World Symphony orchestras, Warsaw, Munich, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, the Orchestre Nationale de Lille.
Among conductors with whom he collaborated are: Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, David Robertson, Neeme Jarvi, Tugan Sokhiev, Hans Graf, Kazimierz Kord.
His unusual and imaginative recital programming has always elicited interest and praise. His artistic personality is a rare combination of emotional explosiveness and sensitivity, staggering virtuosity and immediacy.
Mr. Babayan is an enthusiastic advocate of new music and has an immense repertoire.
His deep interest and love for the music of Bach has led him to study more recently with Helmuth Rilling. Always in search of the new, Sergei Babayan studied conducting in order to deepen his understanding of the orchestra, to be able to study and perform some of the music of the 20th and 21st century which is particularly interesting for him. His concerto repertoire is constantly growing – at this point he has performed 54 different concertos.
Sergei Babayan has made several highly praised recordings for EMC, Connoisseur Society and Pro Piano labels. His recordings of Scarlatti, Ligeti, Messiaen, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Ravel, Schubert, Liszt, Vine, Respighi and Prokofiev garnered high acclaims including a “critic's choice” in the New York Times praising Babayan’s “extraordinary technique and ability to play densely harmonized works with illuminating transparency and a daunting measure of control”. American Record Guide joins in these accolades praising his “phenomenal level of color and imagination”. About the recording of Scarlatti Sonatas American Guide says: “It can stand proudly besides that of Horowitz...”
Mr. Babayan appeared as a soloist and chamber musician in numerous major music festivals in Europe including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Salzburg Festival, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano.
Hilights of recent seasons include numerous appearances with Valery Gergiev in most prestigious venues, live broadcast recording of the Prokofiev Concerto No. 5 on Medici TV, piano duo performances with his student Daniil Trifonov, with legendary Martha Argerich and chamber music with Ivry Gitlis.
In July of 2013 the newly created cycle of transcriptions by Sergei Babayan for two pianos from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" was premiered in duo with Martha Argerich.
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