Pavel Nersessian

"His performance brought a veritable roar of approval from the audience", ", wrote the Irish Times after Pavel Nersessian was awarded the 1st Prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991. Pavel Nersessian was born near Moscow in 1964 and began his piano studies at the age of six. In 1971 he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow State Conservatoire in Moscow.

After graduating with a gold medal in 1982, Mr. Nersessian entered the Moscow State Conservatoire to study with Professor Boris Shatskes and Sergei Dorensky. Upon graduating from the Conservatoire in 1987 with maximum marks - a rare distinction - Professor Dorensky asked him to become his assistant in the Conservatoire where, between his many engagements and international master classes, he currently teaches.

Pavel Nersessian has won prizes in every piano competition he has entered, including 2nd prize in the Beethoven Competition in Vienna in 1985, the International Piano Competition in Tokyo, and 4th prize in the Paloma O'Shea International Piano Competition in Santander in 1987. He began concert touring in Russia and the surrounding states from the age of eight and, since his remarkable success in international competitions, has performed extensively in Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, Hungary, Japan and USA.

The New York Times wrote: "Pavel Nersessian, winner of the recently established GPA Dublin piano competition, made his American debut on Thursday night in a recital of Russian music....... Mr. Nersessian displayed a gift for softly colored expressiveness (in Medther's'Canzona Serenata') and also for hammering virtuosity (in Shostakovich's Piano Sonata No 1 and the up-tempo sections of Rachmaninov's Variations on a theme of Corelli). Tchaikovsky's 'Seasons', all 12 pieces, made a rather daring climax to the evening. Mr. Nersessian managed to sustain interest throughout and gave lyrical breadth to the familiar strains of "June" and "November".

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