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Great Russian Cello Sonatas

by Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker

Tchaikovsky Silver Medal winning Armenian cellist Suren Bagratuni teams up with multiple prize winning Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker in riveting performances of the two Russian masterpieces.
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1. Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119: 1. Andante grave
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
11:40 album only
2. Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119: 2. Moderato (rondo)
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
4:31 album only
3. Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119: 3. Allegro ma non troppo
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
7:58 album only
4. Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40: 1. Moderato
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
13:06 album only
5. Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40: 2. Moderato con moto
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
3:04 album only
6. Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40: 3. Largo
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
8:46 album only
7. Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40: 4. Allegretto
Suren Bagratuni & Adrian Oetiker
3:53 album only


Album Notes
Suren Bagratuni, cello
Adrian Oetiker, piano


Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano, Op. 119 [23:57]
...1. Andante grave [11:38]
...2. Moderato (rondo) [04:29]
...3. Allegro ma non troppo [07:50]

Sonata in D Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 40 [28:37]
...4. Moderato [13:00]
...5. Moderato con moto [03:00]
...6. Largo [08:43]
...7. Allegretto [03:54]

Disc Playing Time [53:00]


Winner of the silver medal at the 1986 International Tchaikovsky Competition while still a student at the Moscow Conservatory, Bagratuni has gone on to a distinguished international career as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. In addition to performing throughout the former Soviet Union, he has toured worldwide, earning enthusiastic praise in both traditional and contemporary repertoire.

Born in Yerevan, Armenia, he began his musical education there at the age of seven. After winning several national and international competitions, he continued his studies at the Moscow Conservatory and later in the United States at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Bagratuni began performing at age ten, and by age fourteen appeared as a concerto soloist performing Saint-Saens’ Concerto with the Armenian State Radio Orchestra. Since then he has performed with all the major orchestras in the former Soviet Union, including the Moscow Philharmonic (under the direction of Valery Gergiev) and has also appeared with numerous orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

His solo appearances include recitals in the major concert halls of the world. Chamber music appearances have included guest invitations with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Newport Music Festival, the “Russian Winter” Festival in Moscow, the El Paso Pro Musica International Festival, Bargemusic, and international festivals in Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Korea, China, and Taiwan.

Bagratuni has won critical acclaim for his CD releases on the Ongaku and BGR labels, featuring solo works for cello, solo suites by Bach, and sonatas by Beethoven, Debussy, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, and Shostakovich. He also appears on the Marco Polo, Russian Disc, Cambria, and CMH labels. He has recorded for “Melodiya” and been featured on CBC Radio Canada, WNYC in New York, WGBH in Boston, NPR, and NHK TV Japan.

In addition to his solo activities, he performs as a member of Trio Nobilis, serves as artistic director of the Cello Plus music festival, and conducts master classes worldwide. A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory and the University of Illinois, Bagratuni is currently Artist-Teacher and Professor of Cello at the Michigan State University College of Music.

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The Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker is pursuing a worldwide carrier since many
years. He is a successful Soloist and Chamber musician, at the same time he is
in great demand as a professor. Critics describe his playing as «flawless, richly
varied jeu perlé», they praise his «touches light as feathers» and «exactly
calculated tone colours». They also appreciate the «eruptive pure energy»,
«power and purpose», and the «ability to conjure lucid and brilliant

After the first piano lessons with his father and Hans-Rudolf Boller he studied in
the class of Homero Francesch at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and with
Bella Davidovich at the Juilliard School in New York. He also took lessons with
Lazar Berman. He won many national prices and scholarships, soon followed by
international distinctions and prices (e.g. Clara Haskil, Dublin, Köln). In 1994 he
was awarded the cultural price of his home town for founding the Chamber Music
Festival of St. Gallen. In 1995 he won the prestigious ARD International Piano
Competition in Munich.

His concerts in Europe, America and Australia led to collaborations with the
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Irish
National Symphony Orchestra and many others. After a successful tour of Europe
with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra he has been invited to Australia twice
and played with most orchestras of the continent. He performed all piano
concertos by Béla Bartók with the Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse under
Daniel Klajner (2006-2008). He plays recitals and chamber music at the Berliner
Philharmonie, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Festspielhaus Salzburg, the KKL, the
Teatro La Fenice and many other halls. He enjoys playing chamber music with
his wife Paola De Piante Vicin (Piano Duo Paola & Adrian Oetiker), but also with
Homero Francesch, Eduard Brunner, Mario Hossen, Wen-Sinn Yang, the Aria,
Amati and Carmina Quartet, members of the Berlin Philharmonic and many other

Since 1996 he is professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik Basel, in 2011 he
was appointed professor of piano at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in
Munic as well. He is the artistic director of the International Summer Academy of



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