Raffi Besalyan performed a sold out recital in honor of the 110th anniversary of composer Aram Khachaturian at the Armenian Embassy in Washington D.C. Jerome Barry, the founder and director of The Embassy Series stated “It was a magnificent concert and everyone just loved it. What a great artist! Fabulous program and I was very proud to sponsor it, as was the Ambassador.”
(In the photo: Raffi with Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States and Jerome Barry, Founder/Director of The Embassy Series)
Raffi Besalyan will perform a solo recital in honor of the 110th anniversary of renowned composer Aram Khachaturian presented by The Embassy Series. This performance will take place on November 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM at the Embassy of Armenia in Washington D.C. For more details click here.
“Armenian-born pianist Besalyan possesses truly lucid and beautiful sound that reminds you of perfectly matched pearls. It was in the Rachmaninoff group in the first half, where the pianist displayed this quality with tremendous conviction.”
“In Besalyan’s rendition of Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata the ‘violence’ and the ‘cool‐headedness’ were brought out with much power and set apart vividly from Prokofiev’s hollow and distorted melodies.”
“I must say that Besalyan is a true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz.”
Go to Press to read the complete review.
In June-July 2013, Raffi Besalyan will be teaching master classes and private lessons in the Greater Tokyo and Kansai area for World Professors Series and for Sakamoto Piano Academy.
“Besalyan has been lauded as the ‘true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz’ (Chopin Magazine). Those are big shoes to fill, but this Armenian pianist’s debut album proves that he is a formidable pianist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts.” To read the full review click here.
Check out Raffi Besalyan’s YouTube and Vimeo channels for his latest performances from Japan. Enjoy a wide variety of music from Debussy’s etherial Clair de Lune and Satie’s atmospheric Gymnopedie to Rachmaninoff’s famous Preludes and Etudes -Tableaux to Gershwin’s own arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue for solo piano. There is also Chopin, Liszt and much more!
In a review Niigata Nippo Newspaper of Japan states ” The large audience was captivated by Armenian pianist’s performances of masterworks by Chopin and other composers. Besalyan who has won numerous international competitions, showcased Chopin’s Etudes, Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” and Gershwin’s own piano solo version of Rhapsody in Blue among others, enchanting the classical music fans with his delicate touch and powerful and authoritative playing.”
The latest issue of Fanfare Magazine features Raffi Besalyan in an interview about his solo album “Dance, Drama, Decadence”, followed by rave reviews of the CD.
“This is phenomenal pianism from a keyboard phenomenon that needs to be heard by everyone interested in pianists and the piano.”
“There’s a physical strength and virility to Besalyan’s technical address mated to a bold spontaneity that can come only from a consummate mastery of the instrument and the musical notes.”
“..great authority, absolute control, and huge tonal resource to Besalyan’s Rachmaninoff Sonata that reminds me of Janis’s ‘Rach-3.’”
“Raffi Besalyan is a pianist of formidable ability, and one would like to hear more of him. In the meantime, I recommend this release for its compelling performances and as a sampling of this pianist’s artistry.”
Go to Press to read the complete reviews and the interview.
“Dance, Drama, Decadence” was selected as the “Classical Album of the Month” by one of Japan’s largest newspapers, “Mainichi Shinbun”.
“In his debut album, Armenian pianist Besalyan plays Rachmaninoff’s Piano Sonata No. 2 and other works, articulating the wistful romanticism with a kind of nostalgic tone. The expressive interpretations of Baghdassaryan’s Preludes and Komitas’ ‘Spring’, compositions from the pianist’s home country, also deeply touched my heart.” Tokihiko Umezu.