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Equally comfortable on an 18 th century fortepiano as on the modern concert grand, Canadian pianist Ludwig Sémerjian occupies a unique position on today's concert stage. His penetrating and highly original interpretations consistently draw raves from critics while audiences are enamoured by his dazzling virtuosity, uncommon grace and pœtic temperament.
Having completed his studies at McGill University in Montreal, Sémerjian began an exploration of historical pianos of the 18th and 19th centuries. His highly successful performances on these instruments led to collaborations with such eminent early music specialists as Nicholas McGegan, Jaap Schröder, Paul Badura-Skoda and Andreas Staier.
This marriage of the old and new has produced in Ludwig Sémerjian a truly unique artist, one who continues to capture the imagination of critics and audiences alike. Sémerjian can be heard in Europe and North America as a recitalist, orchestral soloist and chamber musician performing on both modern and historical instruments. Ludwig Sémerjian's recent engagements include a North American tour as soloist with Concerto Köln as well as appearances at some of the world's most distinguished concert venues, including the Library of Congress in Washington, the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, the Accademia Bartolomeo Cristofori in Florence and the Beethoven-Haus Kammermusiksaal in Bonn where he received raves from the German critics. Sémerjian's recordings can be found under the Atma Classics label, with whom he is presently recording the complete Mozart sonatas on pianos from various periods dating from the 18 th century to the present day.
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