A winner of the Cleveland, Hamamatsu, and Scottish international competitions, pianist Sergei Babayan is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory and has studied with Georgy Sarajev, Vera Gornostayeva, Lev Naumov, and Mikhail Pletnev. His deep interest and love for the music of Bach led him to study with Helmuth Rilling; he has also studied conducting.
Babayan’s concerto repertoire includes 54 concertos, and he has made recordings for the EMC, Connoisseur Society, Pro Piano, and Mariinsky labels. As a soloist he has performed with many of the world’s leading orchestras, conductors, and festivals, and his performance with Valery Gergiev of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5 was recorded for Medici TV. Babayan’s chamber music partners have included Martha Argerich, Daniil Trifonov, Ivry Gitlis, and the Borodin Quartet. He joined the Juilliard piano faculty in 2014, and while teaching at the school, Babayan has continued to be an artist in residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music.