Variations sérieuses Lilit Grigoryan
- Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
- 1Chaconne in D Minor, BV B 24 (After Bach's BWV 1004, arr. Busoni)15:49
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827):
- 232 Variations in C Minor, WoO 8012:10
- Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847):
- 3Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54, MWV U15613:07
- 4Variations sérieuses in D Minor, Op. 54, MWV U156: Rejected Vars. 11-1402:55
- Georges Bizet (1838 - 1875):
- 5Variations chromatiques de concert, WD 5415:02
- Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937):
- 6Variations in B-Flat Minor, Op. 313:52
Info for Variations sérieuses
Award-winning Armenian pianist Lilit Grigoryan explores the art of the variation in her new recording with Orchid Classics entitled VARIATIONS SERIÉUSES. In stunning interpretations combining both virtuosity and integrity, Lilit Grigoryan takes the listener on a journey through this art form, from Busoni's breathtaking re-imagining of the majestic Chaconne from J.S. Bach's D minor violin Partita, to Beethoven's 32 Variations, which range between extreme technical difficulty and expressive moments of quiet simplicity, to Mendelssohn's grand Variations sérieuses. Alongside these giants of the repertoire are some more rarely-heard gems: Bizet's sinuous and innovative chromatic variations, and youthful late-Romantic colour from Polish composer Szymanowski.
Lilit Grigoryan, piano
Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1985, Lilit Grigoryan started to play piano at the age of seven at the Al. Spendiaryan Music School with Prof. Arkuhi Harutyunyan. She was a student at the Komitas Yerevan State Conservatory with Prof. Sergey Sarajyan, before she entered the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock in the class of Prof. Matthias Kirschnereit in April 2014. She graduated in Rostock with the highest distinction.
From 2012 to 2016 Lilit Grigoryan was also Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium, the first year under the direction of Abdel Rahman El Bacha and the following years under Maria-João Pires. An intense and inspiring collaboration with Maria-João Pires gave Lilit the opportunity to find new ways of communicating and sharing her passion for classical music with others. So under the presidency of Ms. Pires, Lilit and her colleagues created the Partitura Association in 2016.
Lilit Grigoryan has received invaluable artistic advice from Menahem Pressler, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Steven Kovacevich, Zoltan Kocsis, Gabor Takács-Nagy, Dmitri Bashkirov, the Tokyo String Quartet and others. In 2009 she took part in the Verbier Festival Academy, where she won the Tabor Piano Award of the Academy and was re-invited to attend the Academy in 2010.
Lilit Grigoryan is prizewinner of several international and national competitions, including the Vianna da Motta International Competition in Portugal, the Francis Poulenc International Competition and Piano Campus in France, the Paderewski International Competition in Poland, the Aram Khachaturian International Competition in Armenia, and the Tbilisi International Competition in Georgia.
In 2008 Lilit received the prestigious Culture Prize of President of Armenia. She was also awarded honours by the State Duma of the Russian Federation and the Mayor of the City of Yerevan.
Lilit Grigoryan has appeared in several renowned International Festivals such as Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Gezeitenkonzerte, Young Euro Classics and Kultursommer Nordhessen in Germany, Auvers sur Oise, Colmar and Menton in France, Verbier and Montreux-Vevey in Switzerland, Midi-Minimes in Belgium amongst others.
She has been toured in 27 countries all over the world and has played in venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Philharmonie Essen, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Salle Cortot and Cité de la Musique in Paris, BOZAR and Flagey in Brussels, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, and Steinway Halls in New York, London and Hamburg.
As a soloist, Lilit has performed with orchestras such as the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Liege, the Armenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the North German Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, the Polish Chamber Orchestra, the European Camerata and others.
Radio and television recordings for Deutschlandradio, NDR Kultur, Radio France, Musique 3, France 3, Public Radio and TV of Armenia, Mexican Radio, RAI 3 also illustrate her artistic qualities.
During her years of studies Lilit has been supported by various foundations Safran, Horst-Rahe, Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben and the Keyboard Charitable Trust. She has also won a Scholarship from Yamaha Music Foundation of Europe.
In addition to her activities as a soloist, Lilit Grigoryan is also a devoted chamber musician. She regularly collaborates with artists such as Maria-João Pires, Alexandra Conunova, Andrei Ionita, William Hagen, Sarah Christian, Hiyoli Togawa, Pau Codina amongst others. In 2017 and 2018 two chamber music recordings, together with the violinist Sarah Christian and the violist Hiyoli Togawa, will appear issued by the Genuin and Naxos labels.
In February 2012, the label DiscAuvers released Lilit Grigoryan’s debut CD with works by Scarlatti, Schumann, Bartok and Khachaturian.
Since October 2010 Lilit Grigoryan has taught at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.