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Raffi Besalyan, piano- sold out. Click for info/program- Armenian Embassy

Date(s) - 11/08/2013
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Embassy of Armenia


Hailed as “a true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz” (CHOPIN Magazine, Japan), and “a keyboard phenomenon” (Fanfare Magazine), Armenian-born pianist Raffi Besalyan has toured North and South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia as a recitalist and orchestral soloist.  Besalyan’s performances have been applauded in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall (New York City), Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), and Orchestra Hall (Chicago).   

In 2012, Besalyan established himself as an award-winning recording artist receiving the “Jun-Tokusen” Award for his debut solo album “Dance, Drama, Decadence” which also received rave reviews from Fanfare Magazine, American Record Guide, The Record Geijutsu, Mainichi Newspaper, and others.  Besalyan also recorded two piano works of Bach-Busoni for Koch International Classics.

A former piano faculty member of Rowan University in New Jersey, currently Raffi Besalyan is an Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Besalyan holds a doctorate from Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia, as well as degrees from Rowan University and the Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Raffi Besalyan is a Yamaha Artist.  $100/buffet/wine

Program:  In honor of the 110th anniversary of renowned composer Aram Khachaturian-  Komitas – “Garun a” (“Spring”); E. Baghdassarian – Preludes in E Major and b minor
A. Babajanian – Prelude, Melody, Elegie (dedicated to A. Khachaturian), Vagharshapat Dance
A. Khachaturian – Waltz from “Masquerade” A. Khachaturian – “Lullaby” and “Sabre Dance” from ballet “Gayane”  S. Rachmaninoff – Preludes Op.3 No.2 in c# minor; Op.23 No.5 in g minor; Op.32 No.12 in g# minor ; S. Rachmaninoff – Etudes-Tableaux Op.33 No.6 in e flat minor; Op.39 No.1 in c minor ; G. Gershwin – Three Preludes; F. Chopin – Etudes Op.25 No.9 “Butterfly” and No.12 “Ocean” ; F. Liszt – Mephisto Waltz. $100/inc. buffet/wine.  Doors open at 7 pm and concert begins at 7:30 pm.