Raffi Besalyan

Raffi Besalyan

(Japanese:ラフィ ベサリアン) (Russian: Раффи Бесалян)

(Armenian: Րաֆֆի Բեսալյան)
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Background information
Born1972 (age 44-45)
Yerevan, Armenia
Occupation(s)Concert pianist


Raffi Besalyan (Armenian: Րաֆֆի Բէսալյան, given birth to 1972 in Yerevan) can be an Armenian pianist and a teacher of piano functionality at Georgia Condition School. He was previously a faculty person in Rowan School in NJ and School of Wisconsin–Stevens Stage. Besalyan received Bachelor’s, Professional’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts levels from Yerevan Condition Musical Conservatory, Master’s Level from Rowan School, and studied on the Manhattan College of Music with Byron Janis and Sara Davis Buechner. Besalyan has won best prizes in a number of country wide and international tournaments. Included in this are MTNA Country wide Competition, Josef Hofmann International Piano Competition, Frinna Awerbuch International Competition, and Performers International Competition in NY. Besalyan produced his NY Recital Debut in Carnegie Recital Hall in 2003 to high critical acclaim. He frequently performs throughout THE UNITED STATES, European countries, Russia and Asia. In Japan he’s symbolized by Tokyo IMC, MAS administration, and it is a Visitor Artist/Teacher from the Takatsuki Music Instructor’s Association of Osaka and Yamaha. Raffi Besalyan is definitely a Yamaha Designer.

Concert reviews

Genuine Descendant of Russian Pianism "Armenian-born pianist Besalyan possesses truly lucid and gorgeous sound that reminds you of perfectly matched up pearls. It had been in the Rachmaninoff group in the initial half, where in fact the pianist shown this quality with great conviction. From your penetrating chords and piercing harmonies in the G small Prelude Op.23 Zero.5, the stunning melody leafed out and floated in the air flow, pouring out deeply personal inconsolable feelings. The depth from the melody in the bass from the G razor-sharp small Prelude Op.32 Zero.12 was admirably contrasted using the brilliance from the arpeggios in the bigger register.The rampant image of Mephisto roaming at will appeared from Besalyan’s tenacious and unyielding chords and octaves, and his capricious, and sometimes, leisurely changes from the feeling in Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz. You can actually hear the high-pitched satanic laughter.The audience was dazzled and fully captivated by Besalyan’s bell-like tone in the music by Armenian composers Komitas and Baghdassarian, that have been performed with wonderful imagination and splendid colorful changes of tonality.Earl Wild plans of Gershwin Tunes were snappy and tasteful.In Besalyan’s rendition of Prokofiev’s Seventh Sonata the “violence” as well as the “awesome‐headedness” were presented with very much power and arranged aside vividly from Prokofiev’s hollow and distorted melodies.I must claim, that Besalyan is a genuine heir from the mainstream from the Russian Pianism, like Horowitz."(Izumi Hall, Apr 13, 2008)Senshi Yokohara Chopin MagazineJuly 2008Pianist wows target audience in performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto “Standing up ovation and cries of “Bravo” and “Encore” visited pianist Raffi Besalyan... mesmerized the target audience along with his gracious, sensitive yet powerful demonstration of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No.3.”Armenian Reporter International, NEW YORK“The flow of Baghdassarian's Prelude instantly changed the colour as well as the air of Izumi Hall. The complete hall was devoured by Besalyan’s glorious contact and crystalline sound...Besalyan had not been just taking part in the piano, he was creating wonderful artwork, and treated the piano along with his like for the music. ” Sotokuan Press, Osaka, Japan