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!
“Dynamic and nostalgic, Besalyan’s playing of Rachmaninoff captivates the listener with its power, suppleness and emotional expression. It is also full of shadows and twilight. This wonderful recording has a very wide dynamic range and really dense, detailed sound. It is splendid.” ~CDJournal, Japan
The Return is featured on theartsdesk.com Classical CDs Weekly.
“This recital disc by the brilliant Armenian-American pianist Raffi Besalyan contains four Babajanian miniatures. They’re gorgeous.”
“Stunning, intelligent playing and ripe, detailed sound – some of the best solo Rachmaninov I’ve heard recently.”
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Another awesome review! This time from Audiophile Sound magazine in Italy.
Andrea Bedetti, musicologist and music reviewer says: “Besalyan’s Rachmaninoff is exceptional. The ‘Rachmaninovian’ Armenian pianist un-weaves his Penelope’s web with a mix of nostalgia and pain…Besalyan possesses formidable technique…(his) playing combines exemplary clarity of sound and crystalline touch, it is full of magic, shadows and twilight (are we speaking, or not, of Rachmaninov?), yet he is explosive as well…With this recording, Sono Luminus will certainly receive another Grammy nomination.”
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