His performance brought a veritable roar of approval from the audience” wrote “The Irish Times” after Pavel Nersessian received the 1st Prize in the GPA Dublin International Piano Competition in 1991.
One of the most remarkable pianists of his generation in Russia, he is known for his ability to play equally convincingly in the whole palette of the piano repertoire. He has won prizes in every piano competition that he entered, including the Beethoven Competition (Vienna) 1985, Paloma O`Shea Competition (Santander) and the Tokyo Competition.
Since his childhood he has always been associated with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. He was a pupil of the famous Central Music School of the Conservatoire, where his teacher was Yu Levin. Later he was a student of the Conservatoire under Prof. Dorensky and graduated in 1987 with maximum marks – a rare distinction. He became a teacher there and is now a full professor of the Conservatoire.
Pavel Nersessian`s concert activity is very intense. He has been touring around Russia and surrounding states from the age of eight and, since his remarkable successes in international competitions, has on several occasions given performances in London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Cannes, Leipzig, Vienna, Budapest, Madrid, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Dublin, Muenchen, Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, Belgrade and many others. In 2004 he took part in a program “Almost jazz” in “December Nights” festival which was founded by S. Richter in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
By special invitation from the Kirov and the Perm Ballet, he has performed the solo part in Balanchine`s Ballet Imperial based on the music of Tchaikovsky`s 2nd Piano Concerto with performances in the Kirov, Bolshoi, Chatelet and Covent Garden. He also played a solo part in Robbins` ballet “The Concert, or The Perils of Everybody” based on the music of Chopin.
His recordings include compositions of Chopin, Schumann, Schubert, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Shostakovich etc.
He also frequently teaches in the USA, Ireland and Japan, and in 2005 he became a merited artist of the Russian Federation.