Armen Babakhanian


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 performances.

Mr. Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA , Canada , Japan , the United Kingdom , Germany , Austria , Italy , France and Spain . 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, Slovenian Philharmonic, Boston Symphony and Israel Philharmonic.


Festival appearances include the Aspen , Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. 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. 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 and the Rachmaninoff piano competitions. In 1999, he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy Pan Armenian Competition in Yerevan , Armenia . He has taught numerous master-classes in Russia , United Kingdom , Spain , Japan , China , Iceland and the United States . Mr. Babakhanian is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan , where he also received his musical education.


In 2004 Mr.Babakhanian became a Founder and Artistic Director of “Cadence” Ensemble. In April of 2004 gave first worldwide tour with “Cadence” which includes performance in Buenos Aires at famous Teatro Colon. “Cadence” Ensemble is scheduled to perform in the United Kingdom , France , Belgium , Lithuania , Greece , Japan , Korea , USA and Canada .


In 2008 Armen Babakhanian was awarded Gold Medal by Ministry of Culture for great contribution in Spyurk-Armenia relations. O n the same year Mr. Babakhanian was awarded Artist Emeritus from the President of Republic of Armenia.


During 2007/2009 season, Mr. Babakhanian has been scheduled to perform and give masterclasses in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Iceland, Russia, U.S.A, Canada, China, Japan, and Israel.


Armen Babakhanian has been appointed as an Artistic Director of Yerevan International Piano Competition to be held in April-May 2011.