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Sergey Musaelyan

Sergey Musaelyan

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Is Musician Pianist
From Russia
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 23 November 1950, Moscow, Russia
Age: 69 years
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Sergey Musaelyan
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Sergey Aleksandrovich Musaelyan (Russian: Сергей Александрович Мусаелян; born November 23, 1950, in Moscow) - Soviet and Russian pianist.

Life and career

Sergey Musaelyan — Soviet and Russian pianist, was born in Moscow on November 23, 1950.

Father — Aleksander Mesaelyan, mining engineer, took part in the construction of the first Moscow metro. Mother — Eleonor Musaelyan (née Balayan), Honored Worker of Culture of Russian SFSR, studied by Konstantin Igumnov and Alexander Goedicke in the Moscow Conservatory, famous teacher, worked at the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory.

The first piano lessons Sergey got from his mother Eleonor Musaelyan. In 1958 he was admitted to the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory and studied with A.Sumbatyan, T.Bobovitch, E.Musaelyan and E.Timakin. After studying in the Central Music School Sergey was admitted to the Moscow Conservatory. He was studying first by G.Axelrod and then by famous teacher and pianist, People's Artist of the USSR, Professor Y.Flier. After Conservatory he entered the graduate school Gnessin Institute and was studied by Professor B.Berlin.

In 1976, Sergey Musaelyan takes part in the Vianna da Motta International Music Competition in Lisbon.

Since 1976 he works in Mosconcert and gives concerts across the USSR.

In 1988 Sviatoslav Richter was interested in Sergey Musaelyan's career. Initially, Richter in his diaries gave Sergeу quite contradictory characteristics. However, Richter began to support Sergey and thanks to his help the pianist started to give concerts outside the Soviet Union.

Since the late 80s and 90s Sergey Musaelyan toured in Europe, North and South America, Korea, China.

In 1988 Sergey Musaelyan met famous Finnish musicologist and journalist Seppo Heikinheimo. Musaelyan has given more than 100 concerts in Finland for a year with Seppo's help. In 1989 the pianist has given a recital in favor of the "Red Cross" in Geneva.

In 1990 Araik Babajanyan and Sergey Musaelyan founded Arno Babajanyan Memorial Foundation. Since 1991, Babajanyan memory festivals were organized in Moscow, Yerevan and Los Angeles.

In 1992, in Mikkeli (Finland) was held the first international chamber music festival with Sergey Musaelyan as the Artistic Director and Vladimir Ashkenazy as the Honorary President.

In the 2000s, the pianist gives concerts in Russia and has tours in the United States, Denmark and Poland.

In 2011, Sergey Musaelyan was involved in the creation of the Piano Arts Development Fund by Yakov Flier name. In 2012 he participated in the festival for Y.Flier 100th anniversary. The festival was also attended by other students of Y.Flier: M.Pletnev with the Russian National Orchestra, V.Feltsman, I.Berkovich, D.Ratser, A.Zandmanis, M.Abramyan, I.Olovnikov and others.

Sergey Musaelyan's piano repertoire includes works from Bach to contemporary composers. However, a special love he has and a place in his pianistic art occupy the works of Chopin and Rachmaninoff Since 2005 Sergey Musaelyan was engaged in teaching activities: master classes at University of Texas–Pan American (USA, Texas) and State Musical Pedagogical Institute named after M.M.Ippolitov-Ivanov (Russia, Moscow), lecturer of piano art in different countries.

Sergey Musaelyan at different times has performed with such conductors as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Valery Gergiev, Ulf Soderblom, Mikhail Pletnev, Osmo Vanska, Saulius Sondeckis, Fuat Mansurov, Peter Dabrowski, Kristjan Järvi, Konstantin Krimets.


  • Honored artist of Russian Federation (1999)
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