CONCERT 4 – Sergei Babayan
Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 3:00 PM
Vancouver Playhouse (map)
“Babayan favors a playing style that speaks to the senses, to the range of his love for the music, which is unsurpassed. An enthusiastic multi-instrumentalist, tirelessly studying the works of his predecessors as if they were his contemporaries, he does not hide himself from this nearly obsessive research of a spiritual music, which comes close to magic.” -L’Actualité
Buy three tickets or more, you will get a free parking pass and 10% off to Chambar or 20% off to Frankie’s Italian restaurants, valid on the day of the concert.
Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to a stylistically diverse repertoire, which includes a performance history of 54 concertos. Le Figaro has praised his “unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity.”
Highlights of the 2015/2016 season included concerto performances with the Rotterdam Philharmonic conducted by Valery Gergiev and with the Camerata Israel in Tel Aviv; performances at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and at Bad Kissingen, Germany; recital and concerto performances in duo with Daniil Trifonov at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia; and a return to Wigmore Hall in London.
In the 2014/2015 season, Mr. Babayan’s schedule included performances in Lugano with Martha Argerich; a return to the Verbier Festival, where he debuted in July 2014; and performances in London at Wigmore Hall.
Since Sergei Babayan’s outstanding protege Danill Trifonov has won major competitions, he is one of the world’s most sought-after piano teachers.
Fantasia in C minor, Op. 21 in memory of Maria Yudina
Polonaise in C-sharp minor, Op. 26 No. 1
Waltz in C-sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60
Waltz in B minor, Op. 69 No. 2
Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat major, Op. 29
Etude tableaux in E-flat minor, Op. 39, No. 5
Moment musicaux in E-flat minor, Op.16, No. 2
Moment musicaux in C Major, Op.16, No. 6
A reception for all will follow the concert