Armen Babakhanian is an Armenian pianist, a prize-winner at several of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions including the Leeds, the Van Cliburn, the Guardian Dublin, the William Kappell, the Gina Bachauer, and the World Piano Competition. Armen Babakhanian has captured the imagination of audiences and critics alike through the intensity and honesty of his performances.
Babakhanian has given recitals in the USA, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Italy, France and Spain. Babakhanian has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Irish National Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Dallas Symphony, Utah Symphony, with Saint Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov, with Moscow Philharmonic under Valery Gergiev, Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Yurovsky, Slovenian Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic among others.
Festival appearances include the Aspen, Interlochen, Santander and Baalbec Music festivals. Babakhanian’s performance of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet during Santander Festival in Spain was named the best chamber music performance of the festival.
Babakhanian has recorded for the ASV, Real Sound and Sigmund Classics labels. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, PBS (USA), ORF (Austria) and RAI (Italy) television networks. Babakhanian's recording of the Tchaikovsky piano sonatas has received rave reviews in the European press. Babakhanian’s recording of Complete Piano Works by Aram Khachaturian was awarded the “Best Classical Album of the Year” at the Armenian Music Awards 2007.
In addition to his performing career, Babakhanian has served as a jury member for several international piano competitions, including the Gina Bachauer, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff and most recently Maria Callas International Piano competitions. In 1999, he founded and served as Artistic Director for the Armenian Legacy Pan Armenian Competition in Yerevan, Armenia. Babakhanian has taught numerous masterclasses in Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, China, Iceland and the United States.
Babakhanian is an Artist-in-Residence at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, where he also received his musical education under Professor Anahit Bogdanyan. He also studied with Claude Frank and Vera Gornostaeva.
In 2004, Babakhanian became the Founder and Artistic Director of “Cadence” Ensemble. In April of 2004, Babakhanian gave his first worldwide tour with “Cadence” which included a performance in Buenos Aires at the famous Teatro Colon.
In 2008, Armen Babakhanian was awarded Gold Medal by the Ministry of Culture for his great contribution in Spyurk-Armenia relations. In 2009, Babakhanian was awarded Artist Emeritus from the President of the Republic of Armenia. In 2011, Armen Babakhanian became Dean of Piano Department at Yerevan State Conservatory. During 2011/2013 seasons, Babakhanian was scheduled to perform recitals and concerto appearances as well as given masterclasses in Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland, France, Greece, Cyprus, Lithuania, Iceland, Russia, U.S.A, Canada, China, Korea and Japan.