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Prof. RUBEN DALIBALTAYAN—Honorary Member

Ruben Dalibaltayan was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Currently he lives in Croatia, where he is a full-time Professor at the Academy of Music, University of Zagreb. He is also a Guest Professor at the International Academy of Music in Liechtenstein, as well as at the “Talent Music Master Courses” in Brescia. He is the Artistic Director of Radovljica International Piano Competition in Slovenia, and was also the first President of the Croatian Society “Alexander Scriabin.” 

Prof. Dalibaltayan raised a new generation of young pianists who achieved tremendous results and became prize winners of various international competitions, such as Ferruccio Busoni, Queen Elizabeth, Robert Schumann in Zwickau, Ettlingen, etc. Some of them, e.g. Ivan Krpan and Aljosa Jurinic, succeeded to make an outstanding international career and belong to the group of the most successful pianists of the young generation.

As part of his pedagogical work, Prof. Dalibaltayan holds masterclasses on a regular basis in Croatia and abroad. His noteworthy projects include the founding of the piano summer school in Makarska, Croatia in 2005, together with Julia Gubajdullina. The seaside piano master course has since evolved into one of the most prominent events for young pianists in the region. 

Mr. Dalibaltayan studied in Komitas State Conservatory of Yerevan, Gnesin Russian Academy of Music and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the guidance of Anahit Shahbazyan, Arthur Berngardt, and Valery Kastelsky. His professional and personal formation has been greatly influenced by a number of outstanding musicians such as Boris Berlin, Lazar Berman, and Alexis Weissenberg. 

Mr. Dalibaltayan is a winner of many prestigious international piano competitions in Armenia, China, Croatia and Italy. His concert tours include numerous countries. The performances range from solo recitals and concerts with Symphony orchestras to participation in chamber ensembles such as a piano duo with his wife Julia Gubajdullina and the well-known “Amadeus Trio Zagreb”. 

As a pianist Mr. Dalibaltayan gives special attention and is dedicated to the promotion of the works of Armenian composers, interesting and original music inseparably linked to the culture of his native country. In collaboration with the Croatian Radio and Croatian Music Institutе, he recorded the piano opus of the famous Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa in its entirety. For this double CD he received “The Vladimir Nazor Award” for greatest achievements in music and arts—the highest acknowledgment of the Croatian Ministry of Culture.

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