Guest Artist Series: Pavel Nersessian, piano

Guest Artist Series: Pavel Nersessian, piano

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 . 8PM
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Acclaimed pianist Pavel Nersessian gives a guest artist recital. Nersessian is associate professor of piano at Boston University.

Robert Schumann: Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Francis Poulenc: Les Soirées de Nazelles, FP 84
Jean-François Dandrieu: Le Caquet
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Le Rappel des Oiseaux
Louis-Claude Daquin: Le Coucou
François Couperin: Les petits moulins à vent
Louis-Claude Daquin: L'Hirondelle
François Couperin: Les Papillons
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Cyclopes
Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9

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Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op. 26
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
Les Soirées de Nazelles (Evenings in Nazelles), FP 84
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
  1. Preamble
  2. Variations
  1. Le comble de la distinction (The Utmost Elegance)
  2. Le cœur sur la main (Prodigality)
  3. La désinvolture et la discrétion (Casualness and discretion)
  4. La suite dans les idées (A Single-Minded Person)
  5. Le charme enjôleur (The Coaxer)
  6. Le contentement de soi (Self-Satisfaction)
  7. Le goût du malheur (A Taste of Misfortune)
  8. L'alerte vieillesse (Nimble Old Age)
  1. Cadence
  2. Final
Le Caquet
Jean-François Dandrieu (1682–1738)
Le Rappel des Oiseaux
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)
Le Coucou
Louis-Claude Daquin (1694–1772)
Les petits moulins à vent
François Couperin (1668–1733)
Louis-Claude Daquin
Les Papillons
François Couperin
Les Cyclopes
Jean-Philippe Rameau
Carnaval, Op. 9
Robert Schumann


“His performance brought a veritable roar of approval from the audience,” wrote the Irish Times after Nersessian received the 1st Prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991. Being one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia, he is known for his ability to play equally convincingly in the whole palette of the piano repertoire. He won prizes in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985, the Paloma O’Shea Competition in Santander and the Tokyo Competition.
Nersessian was a pupil of the famous Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, where his teacher was Yu. Levin. Later, he was a student of the Conservatoire under S. Dorensky. Upon graduating from the Conservatoire in 1987 with maximum marks, he was invited to join the faculty.
Nersessian has been touring Russia and surrounding states from the age of eight, and has given performances in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Cannes, Leipzig, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Dublin, Muenchen, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Belgrade, Cairo, Kiev, Beijing and many other cities.
Nersessian, by special invitation from the Kirov and the Perm Ballet, performed the solo part in Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial based on the music of Tchaikovsky’s 2nd Piano Concerto with performances in the Kirov, Bolshoi, Chatelet and Covent Garden. He also played a solo part in J. Robbins’ ballet “The Concert (Or, The Perils of Everybody)” on the music of F. Chopin.
He is known for his collaboration with chamber music groups and other musicians, such as the Borodin and Glinka Quartets, the National Symphony Orchestra in Russia, Thomas Sanderling, Tugan Sokhiev, Alexandr Chernushenko, Valeriy Polyansky, Mikhail Agrest, Pascal Moragues, Julius Milkis, Evgeny Petrov, Pavel Kogan, Abel Perreira, Benjamin Schmid, Stepan Yakovich, Ani Kavafian, Andrei Gridchuk, Alena Baeva, Zlatomir Fung, Filip Kopachevsky, Yana Ivanilova, Nina Kogan, Mikhail Bereznitsky, Maxim Emelyanychev, Diana Vishneva, Philippe Cassard, Alexandre Lazarev, Gaik Kazazyan, Lukas Geniushas, Richard Young, Valentin Uriupin, Itamar Zorman, Yulia Lezhneva and many others. He has recorded numerous discs with compositions of Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Shostakovich, and he has given masterclasses in the USA, Russia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Korea, Brazil and Japan.
In 2005, he became a merited artist of the Russian Federation.
For more than 25 years, Nersessian has been assisting his teacher, professor S. Dorensky. He has worked with such talented pupils as N. Lugansky, D. Matsuev, V. Rudenko, O. Kern, A. Shtarkman, Yu. Stadler, I. Tasovats, F. Amirov, M. Amara, A. Dossin, V. Igoshina, A. Mamriev, V. Korchinskaya-Kogan, S. Simonian, Z. Chochieva, G. Chaidze, N. Pisareva, A. Sychev, F. Kopachevsky, P. Kolesnikov, A. Tarasevich-Nikolaev, L. Bernsdorf, P. Elisha and many others.
Nersessian served as a jury member in many international piano competitions, including Dublin, Hamamatsu, Sendai, Maria Canals in Barcelona, Hilton Head, Almaty and Valencia, among others.
In 2013, he joined the faculty at Boston University as a professor of piano.