Sergei Babayan in Håkonshallen

During the 2018 Grieg Competition, Sergei Babayan gives a recital in gives a recital in the medieval castle ‘Håkonshallen' (King Håkon's Hall) in Bergen, Friday 7 September at 19.30.

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Hailed for his emotional intensity, bold energy and remarkable levels of color, Sergei Babayan brings a deep understanding and insight to an exceptionally diverse repertoire. Le Figaro has praised his "unequaled touch, perfectly harmonious phrasing and breathtaking virtuosity." Le Devoir from Montreal put it simply: “Sergei Babayan is a genius. Period.”

In the 2018/19 season, Babayan’s schedule includes concert performances with the Lucerne Festival Strings, Dusseldorf Symphony, Antwerp Symphony, Cameristi del Teatro alla Scala, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra. His engagements and tours have brought him to preeminent international concert venues including Carnegie Hall in New York, the Warsaw Philharmony, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Herkulessaal in Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Rudolfinum-Dvorak Hall in Prague, Victora Hall in Geneva and many others.

Born in Armenia into a musical family, Babayan began his studies there and continued at the Moscow Conservatory with Mikhail Pletnev, Vera Gornostayeva and Lev Naumov. Following his first trip outside of the USSR in 1989, he won consecutive first prizes in several major international competitions including the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Hamamatsu Piano Competition, and the Scottish International Piano Competition. An American citizen, he lives in New York City. 

The International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition is proud to present the world renowned artist, and the previous international competition winner, Sergei Babayan.

Håkonshallen, September 7 2018, at 19.30

Arvo Pärt (1935)
Für Alina   

Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S 171   

Vladimir Ryabov (1950)
Fantasia in C minor in memory of Maria Yudina, Op. 21 (1983)
Sonata 1 
Marcia Funebre
Sonata 2 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
From “Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Bach”
Prelude in C major, BWV 939   
Prelude in C minor, BWV 999   
Menuet-Trio in G minor, BWV 929   
Prelude in E major, BWV 937   
Sinfonia nr. 5 in E-flat Major, BWV 791   
Prelude in D minor, BWV 926    
Prelude in C-sharp major, BWV 872   
Prelude in F major, BWV 901   


Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
Polonaise No. 1 in C-sharp minor, Op. 26  
Valse No. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op. 64
Barcarolle in F-sharp major, Op. 60   

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
Études-Tableaux No. 5 in E-flat minor, Op. 39
From Moments musicaux, Op. 16:
No. 2 in E-flat minor   
No. 6 in C major

Tickets: Price: NOK 250. Children/students: NOK 100.

  • 7. September 2018
  • 250/100 *

* Adults NOK 250 / Children and Students NOK 100

Sergei Babayan, foto: Marco Borggreve