The Cherry Hill Concert Series welcomes pianist Raffi Besalyan on Sunday, September 17th at 3:00 PM. Dr. Besalyan received a standing ovation for his 2016 performance at the Inez plantation venue, and the Board of Directors is pleased to host the Steinway artist for an encore concert. A native of Armenia, Besalyan began his music studies at the Tchaikovsky Special Music School for Gifted Children. He received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. In addition, he studied at the Manhattan School of Music with legendary American pianist Byron Janis and with Sara Davis Buechner.
Press reviews in Japan, the United States, and Europe have hailed Besalyan as “a true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz”, “A keyboard phenomenon”, “a formidable pianist with a commanding presence and rich interpretive gifts”, “a master of his art”. He has established an international reputation as a magnetic and passionate performer.
During this second presentation at Cherry Hill, Dr. Besalyan will perform three virtuoso etudes by George Gershwin, Mozart’s Sonata in C Major, Chopin’s Ballade No. 4, three preludes by Armenian composer E. Baghdassarian, and two preludes and Sonata No. 2 by Rachmaninoff. Many of these selections may be previewed on YouTube and at raffibesalyan.com.
Tickets may be purchased at the door, with an adult charge of $10, students at $5, and children 12 and other at no charge. Immediately following the program, a reception will take place in the dining room of the historic 1850’s plantation house, located at 2740 NC Hwy 58, 12 miles south of Warrenton in the community of Inez.
The entire house will be open for touring after the performance.
For further information call 252-257-5259.