Here is an awesome review of Raffi Besalyan’s performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the FVSO by James Chaudoir, for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on postcrescent.com:
“The soloist for this performance was Raffi Besalyan, a gifted pianist who was more than capable of managing Beethoven’s beautiful, yet demanding 4th concerto.
There was a certain sense of lyricism to his playing, and his technical prowess was made known as he mastered the numerous passages filled with scales and arpeggios. It was in several of these passages where I marveled at Besalyan’s ability to clearly delineate the different voices Beethoven had layered into the music.
Also significant was Besalyan’s ability to bring out striking dynamic contrasts in the music’s lines, this was most notable in the cadenza of the first movement.
His interpretation of the stark, yet passionate, second movement was quite lovely. He handled the dialogue between soloist and orchestra skillfully and with elegance.
Beethoven’s firey finale, Rondo: Vivace, is enough to put any soloist to the test. It was in this movement where Besalyan’s technical artistry came to the fore. He played the movement with flair of ease, meeting one challenge after the next. Once again, he was at his best with his interpretation of the cadenza, crisp, coherent, and musically satisfying.
For an encore, Mr. Besalyan performed a delightfully pleasing selection, “Spring,” by the Armenian composer Komitas.”
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This glowing review by Steven Ritter appeared in Audiophile Audition Magazine on February 23, 2016.
“Riveting sound and brilliant performances add up to a most desirable set.
I had no idea that such a powerhouse pianist as Raffi Besalyan worked so close to me. Just downtown from where I live, as Assistant Professor of Piano at Georgia State University, resides this technical wiz and bold Rachmaninoff master.
On the basis of this recital, the recital hall at the university must be rocking these days. Besalyan has a frightfully gripping command of all this music, navigating its formidable technical traps with ease, and displaying a wonderfully lively tone and subtle sense of phrasing.”
Raffi Besalyan’s performances of select N.Kapustin jazz preludes and etudes are now published in the piano encyclopedia of Piano Teachers National Association of Japan. These performances were recorded in PTNA Studio in Tokyo in November 2015.
Raffi Besalyan will perform select Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux Op.39 for piano solo, and composer’s Songs Op.38 with acclaimed tenor and GSU music faculty, Richard Clement on the Faculty Artist Series at Georgia State University in Atlanta. This performance will take place at Kopleff Recital Hall on January 24 at 8 PM.
Raffi Besalyan will perform a solo recital and will give a brief interview live on Chicago’s 98.7WFMT classical music radio channel. This event will take place on December 4 at 12 PM.
At the invitation of Piano Teachers National Association and Kapustin Association of Japan, Raffi Besalyan will perform and record select Nikolai Kapustin jazz Preludes and Etudes in Tokyo on November 15.
Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Music Society of Ontario, Canada will present Raffi Besalyan in a solo recital on its prestigious piano series on October 24 at 8 PM.
Raffi Besalyan most recently served on the international panel of judges for the 16th edition of Osaka International Music Competition in Japan. In addition to adjudicating, Raffi gave master classes to several gifted students and performed for the closing concert of the competition.
Prior to his visit to Osaka, Besalyan gave master classes for Sakamoto Conservatory in Tokyo.
“The Return” has already been aired on several radio stations across the U.S. and Canada, such as the WGBH Boston, WRUV Vermont, the SiriusXM Washington D.C., Wisconsin Public Radio, The King FM Seattle, WFMT Chicago, The Grand FM Ontario and CBC Public Radio. And now, WQXR, New York’s premiere classical radio station features the album as the New and Noteworthy Release of September!