<span style="font-family: SourceSansPro, sans-serif; font-size: 1rem;">A prize-winner at several of the world's most
prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, the Van
Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell, the Gina Bachauer, and the
World Piano Competition, Armen Babakhanian has captured the imagination of the
audiences and the critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his
Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada,
Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain.<br><br>He has
appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir
Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra,
Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony,
Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with
Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under
Yurovsky, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic among others.
Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen,
Santander and Baalbec Music festivals.<br><br>Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the
Takács Quartet during Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber
music performance of the festival. Mr.
Babakhanian has recorded for the ASV, Real Sound and Sigmund Classics labels.
His performances have been broadcast on BBC, PBS (USA), ORF (Austria) and RAI
(Italy) television networks. His recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas has
received rave reviews in the European press. <br><br>Mr.Babakhanian’s recent recording
of Complete Piano Works by Aram
Khachaturian awarded the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the
Armenian Award 2007.
In addition to his performing career, Mr. Babakhanian
has served as jury member for several international piano competitions,
including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Khachaturian, Maria
Callas,Armenia and most recently Brescia International Piano competitions. He
has taught numerous master-classes in Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan,
China, Iceland and the United States. Mr. Babakhanian is currently Professor at
the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical
education under Professor Anahit Bogdanyan.
In 2012 Armen Babakhanian became Dean of Piano
Department at Yerevan State Conservatory.<br><br>In 2013 Mr.Babakhanian became Founder and Artistic
Director of State Target Developing Program for young extraordinary musicians.
He recently has been launched historical recording
project “Anthology of Armenian piano music” which includes more than 60 CD’s
and covers almost entire heritage of Armenian piano music within two centuries.
During last concert seasons Mr. Babakhanian has been
scheduled to perform recitals and concerto appearances as well as give master
classes in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Finland, Lithuania,
Mexico, Guatemala, Ukraine, Russia, U.S.A, Thailand and Malaysia. In 2008 Armen Babakhanian
was awarded Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture for great contribution in
Spyurk-Armenia relations. In 2009 Mr. Babakhanian was awarded Artist Emeritus
from the President of Republic of Armenia.</span>