Cem Babacan Lunchtime recital Steinway Hall, London
Steinway Hall — 26 October 2016, 13:10
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
32 Variations in C minor WoO 80
Andante Favori in F major WoO 57
Pictures at an Exhibition
Promenade – Gnomes – The Old Castle –Tuileries – Bydlo – Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks – Samuel and Schmuyle – Promenade – Limoges – Catacombs – Baba-Yaga – The Great Gate of Kiev
Cem Babacan, born in 1988, gave his first recital at the International Sérignan Piano Festival after being awarded first prize at the Yves Nat International Piano Competition (France). In 2008, he won the Yamaha Scholarship Award. After graduating from Hacettepe University State Conservatory in Ankara with the highest academic degree in his department and faculty, he studied piano at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and graduated with the highest distinction, a ‘red diploma’, in 2012.
Babacan has won many competitions including the Second National Kamuran Gündemir Piano Competition (2011), the First National Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Piano Competition (2012) and the Gümüslük A.A. Saygun Piano Competition (2013).
Babacan has performed as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. Babacan has also given recitals and concerts at a number of festivals including Festival Classics (Switzerland), the Antalya International Piano Festival (Turkey).