Hailed by the Chopin Magazine of Japan as a "true heir of the mainstream of Russian pianism, like Horowitz", Raffi Besalyan has established an international reputation of a magnetic and passionate performer. Active as a recitalist, orchestral soloist, and chamber musician, Besalyan appears in many important music venues worldwide. Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised his performances for its virility, poetry and extraordinary technical command.
Armenian-born Besalyan made his formal New York debut in Carnegie Hall after winning the Artists International Competition, and was subsequently invited to perform at Merkin Concert Hall on the Artists International "Outstanding Alumni-Winners" series. New York Concert Review described him as "Technically brilliant" Besalyan played with a great deal of temperament, speed and power - audacious spirit and poetic substance, deeply felt tenderness".