“Pianist Raffi Besalyan presented the Pro Musica audience with a lavish smorgasbord of 21 piano works, some of them well-known, but the majority were experienced by us for the first time. Judging from the reaction and post-concert comments by audience members, it was a terrific evening.”
“The maniacal Mephisto Waltz # 1 by Liszt closed the program. Its technical difficulties were negotiated with aplomb, but what a jaw-dropper! … it is so much fun, and it displays a pianist’s exceptional skills. Raffi Besalyan has a surfeit of them, stamina and strength foremost in this opus.”
“What a glorious evening this was!” To read the full review click here.
Raffi Besalyan will make his Atlanta appearance with neoPhonia New Music Ensemble at 8 PM on September 30 in Kopleff Recital Hall at Georgia State University. He will also perform on the Faculty Artist Series at 8 PM on October 14. This performance will also take place at Kopleff Recital Hall.
Raffi Besalyan has recently accepted a professorship position at Georgia State University in Atlanta and is excited to begin his duties there in August.
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!
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.”
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