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Jun 5 14

Appointment at Georgia State University in Atlanta

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Raffi Besalyan has recently accepted a professorship position at Georgia State University in Atlanta and is excited to begin his duties there in August.

Mar 8 14

New CD Recording for Sono Luminus

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Raffi Besalyan is pleased to announce that he signed with GRAMMY® Award-Winning record label Sono Luminus. He will be recording a new solo album of works by Rachmaninoff and Armenian composer Arno Babajanian in late April. Stay tuned for more details!

Mar 7 14

Faculty Recital at UWSP

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Raffi Besalyan will present a faculty recital “Dances and Miniatures” at UWSP on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM. Program will include works by Rachmaninoff, Babajanian, Chopin and Liszt.

Feb 21 14

Performance at Steinway Gallery

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On April 4th Raffi Besalyan will play a solo recital at Steinway Gallery (Heid Music Company, Inc.) in Appleton WI. The program will include works by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Armenian composers Arno Babajanian and Aram Khachaturian.

Nov 11 13

Concert at the Armenian Embassy in Washington D.C.

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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.”

To watch the story about Raffi on Voice of America, click here.

(In the photo: Raffi with Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of Armenia to the United States and Jerome Barry, Founder/Director of The Embassy Series)

Aug 22 13

The Embassy Series in Washington D.C.

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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.

Aug 11 13

Chopin Magazine Review

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“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.

May 6 13

Summer Japan Tour

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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.

Feb 6 13

Praise for “Dance, Drama, Decadence” in American Record Guide Magazine

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“Dance, Drama, Decadence” receives another rave review, this time from American Record Guide, America’s oldest classical music review magazine.

“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.


Jan 12 13

New on YouTube and Vimeo

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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!