Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic
ГБУК г. Москвы «Симфонический оркестр Москвы «Русская филармония»

All concertos by Sergey Rachmaninoff

Date and time: 
Friday, November 18, 2011 - 19:00
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Concerto for piano and orchestra № 1
Concerto for piano and orchestra № 3
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Karen Durgaryan
Alexander Sinchuk, piano
Armen Babakhanian, piano

“I could never decide what my real mission is – composer, pianist, or conductor. There are moments when it seems to me that I should be only a composer, sometimes I suppose I’m a pianist only” , - Rachmaninoff wrote late in life. As a pianist Rachmaninoff was unanimously recognized as one of the greatest performers of piano art. His name was ranged with the names of F. Liszt and A. Rubenstein. His virtuoso skill was boundless, but he never put it to the foreground and entirely dedicated it to … artistic plot. Concerto is favourite genre to which the composer appealed during his lifetime. Creation of 4 piano concertos and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini which is often called the Fifth Concerto, covered 51-year period of composer’s life. The First Concerto was written in 1891, the Second – in 1901, the Third – in 1909, the Fourth – in 1926 (the second edition of this concerto dates back to 1928, the third one was finished in 1941), Rhapsody – in 1943.

Alexander Sinchuk graduated with honours from the Moscow Conservatory (class of the Honoured Artist of Russia, Professor V. Piasetsky). Laureate of the I Prize of the IV International Rachmaninoff Competition (Moscow, 2008), diploma for the best performance of monographic program of compositions by Rachmaninoff, special prize of the Rachmaninoff Society – concert at Carnegie Hall, New York (February 2009); Grand Prix of the International Competition “Art of the XXI century” (Kiev, 2004), etc. He performed with the National Philharmonic of Russia conducted by maestro Spivakov, with Symphony Orchestra of the Sophia Philharmonic Society, Youth Symphony Orchestra of Belgrade, etc. In January – March 2010 Alexander Sinchuk gave 37 concerts with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio within major tour over the USA. He also toured over Russia, Italy, Spain, Austria, the UK, Portugal, France, Israel, the USA, Serbia, and Bulgaria.

Armen Babakhanian – a prize-winner of the International Competitions, among which the Van Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell (USA), etc. He gave recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the UK, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and Spain. He appeared as a soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (under S. Rattle), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Saint Petersburg Philharmonic (under Y. Temirkanov), etc.

Honoured Artist of Republic of Armenia Karen Durgaryan graduated from the Yerevan State Conservatory, trained at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory with I. Mousin. Since 2001 – Principal Conductor of the Armenian National State Opera and Ballet Theatre, resident conductor of the Armenian Radio Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. He performed with the of St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Opera de Marseille Orchestra, the Orchestra del Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, the Orchestra Sinfonica Siciliana in Palermo, at the Aldeburg Festival (UK), the Ravenna Festival (Italy); he staged the opera Evgeni Onegin at the Teatro Verdi (Sassari, Italy), “Don Giovanni” at the Opera Thessaloniki (Greece).