Heidi Trautmann

Sep 12: Cello & Piano Recital at the Shoefactory Nicosia



Monday 12 September 2016
The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8.30pm

The Pharos Arts Foundation opens its Fall 2016 season with the return visit of one of the most charismatic and renowned pianists in the world: Sergei Babayan – an artist who has been hailed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, the rare emotional intensity and bold energy of his performances and his extraordinary mastery in exploring a stylistically diverse repertoire. Babayan will join forces with Pharos’ resident cellist, the remarkable Alexander Chaushian, in a colossal programme of cello sonatas by Debussy, Shostakovich and Beethoven. The recital will take place on Monday 12 September 2016, at The Shoe Factory, Nicosia / 8:30pm.


DEBUSSY Sonata for Cello & Piano in D minor, L.135 (1915)
SHOSTAKOVICH Sonata in D minor for Cello & Piano, Op.40 (1934)
BEETHOVEN Variations for Cello & Piano in F major on Mozart's "Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen," Op.66 (1796)
BEETHOVEN Sonata for Cello & Piano No.3 in A major, Op.69 (1808)


Claimed for the immediacy, sensitivity and depth of his interpretations, the rare emotional intensity and bold energy of his performances and his extraordinary mastery in exploring stylistically diverse repertoire, Sergei Babayan is one of the most interesting new names of the great Russian piano school.

Student of such legendary musicians and teachers as Gornostayeva, Naumov, Pletnev and Vlasenko in the Moscow Conservatory, he was, however, not permitted to leave the country and be free to compete and study in the West. He was the first pianist from the former USSR who was able to compete without government sponsorship after the collapse of the system.

Immediately after his first trip outside of the USSR, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition (still named Robert Casadesus Competition) and the Palm Beach Piano Competition in 1990, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition in 1991, the Scottish International Piano Competition in 1992, and was laureate in the Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition, the Busoni International Piano Competition, and the Esther Honens International Competition Calgary. Since that time, he has had major engagements and concert tours throughout Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, South America and the USA.

He appeared with recitals in important venues, among them Carnegie Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, Salle Gaveau in Paris, Mariinsky Concert Hall in St Petersburg, Tchaikovsky Conservatory Bolshoi Zal in Moscow, Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, and countless others. His New York recitals at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and at the 92nd Y, as his performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and his many subsequent recital and concerto performances throughout all North America, met with huge critical acclaim. His concert schedule has included performances and broadcasts throughout major venues and extensive tours all over the world.

Sergei Babayan has appeared with many major orchestras throughout the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, Orchestre Nationale de Lille, Warsaw Philharmonic, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, New World Symphony. He has collaborated with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Neeme Jarvi, Hans Graf, Kazimierz Kord, David Robertson, Michael Christi. In recent seasons he performed recitals in New York City, London, Hannover, Manchester, Bruxelles, Glasgow, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Paris, Grenoble, Tours, Warsaw, Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and New Orleans.


Regarded as one of the finest cellists of his generation, Alexander Chaushian has performed extensively throughout the world as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia, the Academy of St Martin-in- the-Fields, The London Mozart Players, The Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, The Boston Pops and The Armenian Philharmonic, and has given highly acclaimed performances in such venues as London’s Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall, Sala Verdi Milan, Konzerthaus Vienna, Suntory Hall Japan, the main Carnegie Hall New York, and Symphony Hall Boston.

He performs regularly in festivals throughout the world and is the Artistic Director of the International Pharos Chamber Music Festival in Cyprus and the Yerevan Music Festival in Armenia.

After initial studies in Armenia, Alexander Chaushian studied in the UK at the Menuhin School and the Guildhall School, London. He then pursued advanced studies at the Hochschule Berlin, graduating with distinction in 2005. He is a laureate prize winner of many international competitions including the 12th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and the ARD Competition in Germany. As an alumnus of Young Concert Artists, New York, he toured extensively in the USA.

Amongst the many distinguished musicians whom he has collaborated with are Yehudi Menuhin, Julia Fischer, Levon Chilingirian, Yuri Bashmet, Diemut Poppen, François-Frédéric Guy, Emmanuel Pahud. His regular chamber music partner is Yevgeny Sudbin. His many concerts during recent seasons include performances in France, Italy, Switzerland, Brazil, China and Japan.

Alexander’s recordings include several highly acclaimed CDs for the BIS label in which he is partnered by Yevgeny Sudbin, and his recently released concerto CD with the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, also on BIS, received rave reviews and was selected ‘Album of the Week’ by the Independent. 

Information: Pharos Arts Foundation Tel. (+357) 22-663871 / 
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