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Denis Kozhukhin

Piano

  • Denis Kozhukhin’s playing is characterised by an extraordinary technical mastery balanced by a sharp intelligence, calm maturity and wisdom. Kozhukhin has that rare and special gift of creating an immediate and compelling emotional connection with his audience.

  • Denis Kozhukhins Spiel zeichnet sich durch sein auβergewöhnliches technisches Können ebenso aus wie durch seine scharfe Intelligenz, entspannte Reife und Weisheit. Kozhukhin besitzt die seltene und besondere Gabe, eine unmittelbare emotionale Verbindung zum Publikum herzustellen.

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  • Since winning First Prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Kozhukhin has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls including the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d’Honneur in 2003, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Berliner Philharmonie, Kölner Philharmonie, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet and Auditorium du Louvre Paris.


    In the 2015/16 season and beyond, Kozhukhin performs with orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia, DSO Berlin, Frankfurt Radio, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Pittsburgh Symphony, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR and Brussels Philharmonic.


    The 2014/15 season included performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra/Denève, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev, Houston Symphony Orchestra/Hrusa, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic/Gimeno and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo/Alsop. Kozhukhin also toured to China with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and made his debut with an ensemble comprising soloists from the West Eastern Divan Orchestra under Barenboim at the Salzburg Festival and at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires.


    As a recitalist, highlights of this season and beyond include returns to the Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists Series, Cologne Philharmonie, Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris and London’s International Piano Series, as well as debuts at the Lucerne Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus and the Boston Celebrity Series.


    In September 2015 Denis Kozhukhin signed an exclusive recording contract with Pentatone. His first CD recording for Pentatone of Tchaikovsky Concerto No 1 and the Grieg Concerto with RSB Berlin and Vassily Sinaisky will be released in April 2016. His first solo recital disc under this contract will be of Brahms. Kozhukhin’s debut recording in 2013 was of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 and 8 and he subsequently released a CD of Haydn Sonatas in September 2014 (both for Onyx Classics).


    Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986 into a family of musicians, Denis Kozhukhin began his piano studies at the age of four with his mother. As a boy, he attended the Balakirev School of Music where he studied under Natalia Fish. From 2000 to 2007, Kozhukhin was a pupil at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner.


    Upon graduating, he received his diploma personally from the Queen of Spain and was named best student in his year and twice best chamber group with his own Cervantes Trio. After his studies in Madrid, Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received tuition from amongst others Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart.


    Kozhukhin is a committed chamber musician and has worked with amongst others, Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, Jörg Widmann and Alisa Weilerstein.

    2015/16 season / 547 words. Not to be altered without permission.
  • Nachdem er 2010 den ersten Preis des Königin Elisabeth Wettbewerbs in Brüssel gewann, errang Kozhukhin schnell internationalen Bekanntheitsgrad und trat bereits bei vielen renommierten Festivalen und Konzerthäusern auf, u.a. beim Verbier Festival, wo er 2003 den Prix d’Honneur gewann, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Philharmonie Berlin, Philharmonie Köln, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Musik Festival, Jerusalem Internationales Kammermusikfestival, Carnegie Hall, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Herkulessaal München, De Doelen Rotterdam,Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Théâtre du Châtelet und Auditorium du Louvre Paris.


    In der Spielzeit 2015/16 und darüber hinaus tritt Kozhukhin u.a. mit dem Concertgebouw-Orchester, dem San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, dem Philharmonia, dem Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, dem hr-Sinfonieorchester, dem Philadelphia Orchestra, dem Orchestre National de France, dem Pittsburgh Symphony, dem Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR und den Brüsseler Philharmoniker auf.


    Vergangene Spielzeit war er Solist des Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra/Denève, BBC Symphony Orchestra/Oramo, Mariinsky-Orchester/Gergiev, Houston Symphony Orchestra/ Hrůša, Radio Filharmonisch Orkest/Gimeno und Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo/Alsop. Desweiteren ging er mit dem BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra auf China-Tournee und konzertierte bei den Salzburger Festspielen und im Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires mit einem aus Soloisten vom West Eastern Divan Orchestra bestehenden Ensemble unter der Leitung von Daniel Barenboim.


    Rezitalhighlights dieser und kommender Spielzeiten sind u.a Wiedereinladungen zur Meisterpianisten-Reihe im Concertgebouw Amsterdam, der Philharmonie Köln, Wigmore Hall, Auditorium du Louvre in Paris und der International Piano Series in London sowie Debüts beim Lucerne Festival, der Boston Celebrity Series und im Konzerthaus Wien.


    Im September 2015 unterzeichnete Denis Kozhukhin einen Exklusivvertrag mit der Plattenfirma Pentatone. Seine erste CD-Aufnahme für Pentatone vom Tschaikowski Klavierkonzert No.1 und Grieg Klavierkonzert mit dem Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin und Vassily Sinaisky wird im April 2016 veröffentlicht. Seine erste solo Einspielung mit Pentatone wird eine CD von Brahms. Im Anschluss an seine Debüteinspielung im 2013 der Klaviersonaten Nr. 6,7 und 8 von Prokofiew, erschien seine Aufnahme von Haydn Sonaten im September 2014 (beide für Onyx Classics).


    1986 in Nizhni Novgorod, Russland, in eine Musikerfamilie geboren, erhielt Kozhukhin seinen ersten Klavierunterricht im Alter von vier Jahren von seiner Mutter. An der Balakirev Musikschule wurde er anschlieβend von Natalia Fish unterrichtet. Von 2000 bis 2007 studierte er an der Reina Sofía Musikschule in Madrid bei Dimitri Bashkirov und Claudio Martinez-Mehner.


    Sein Diplom als bester Student seines Jahrgangs und Gründer des zweifach als bestes Kammermusikensemble ausgezeichneten Cervantes Trio wurde ihm von der spanischen Königin persönlich überreicht. Nach seinem Studium in Madrid wurde Kozhukhin eingeladen, an der Klavierakademie am Comer See zu studieren, wo er Unterricht unter anderem bei Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Yudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen und Andreas Staier erhielt. Er schloss sein Studium bei Kirill Gerstein an der Musikhochschule Stuttgart ab.


    Kammermusikalisch hat Kozhukhin mit u.a. Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud und Gautier Capuçon, Janine Jansen, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, Michael Barenboim, dem Jerusalem Quartet, dem Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatković, Jörg Widmann und Alisa Weilerstein musiziert.

    Denis Kozhukhin wird weltweit von Intermusica repräsentiert.

    Spielzeit 2015/16 / 513 Wörter. Keine Änderungen ohne vorheriger Erlaubnis.

Performances

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Concerto engagements

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / van Zweden
Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Krivine
Philharmonia Orchestra / Temirkanov
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin / Poga
Philadelphia Orchestra / Denève
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Payare
San Francisco Symphony / Orozco-Estrada
Vienna Symphony / Alsop
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra / Orozco-Estrada
Czech Philharmonic / Weilerstein
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Weilerstein
Verbier Festival Orchestra / Dutoit
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra / Noseda
Orchestre National de France / Yamada
Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko
BBC Symphony Orchestra / Oramo
Houston Symphony / Hrůša
Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart / Shokhakimov
Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Kristjan Järvi
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Yamada

Concerto repertoire

Bach
Piano Concerto in D minor BWV 1052
Piano Concerto in F minor BWV 1056


Bartók
Piano Concerto No.3 in E major, BB 127


Beethoven
Piano Concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58
Piano Concerto No.5 in Eb major, Op.73
Triple Concerto in C major, Op. 56


Brahms
Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15
Piano Concerto No.2 in Bb major, Op.83


Chopin
Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor, Op.11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op.21


Gershwin
Piano Concerto in F major


Grieg
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 


Haydn
Piano Concerto in G major, Hob. XVIII/4
Piano Concerto in D major, Hob. XVIII/11 


Liszt
Piano Concerto No.1 Eb major, S.124 


Mendelssohn
Piano Concerto No.1, Op.25 


Mozart
Piano Concerto No.14 K449
Piano Concerto No.20 K466
Piano Concerto No.23 K488
Piano Concerto No.24 K491


Prokofiev
Piano Concerto No.1 in D-flat major, Op.10
Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor, Op.16
Piano Concerto No.3 in C major, Op.26
Piano Concerto No.4 in B-flat major, Op.53
Piano Concerto No.5 in G major, Op.55 


Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18
Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30
Piano Concerto No.4 in G minor, Op.40
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini in A minor Op.43 


Ravel
Piano Concerto in G major
Piano Concerto for the left hand 


Schoenberg
Piano Concerto, Op.42


Schumann
Piano Concerto, Op.54 


Scriabin
Piano Concerto in F sharp minor, Op.20


Shostakovich
Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102


Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.23 

Recital engagements

Concertgebouw Master Pianists Series
International Piano Series, Southbank Centre
Mariinsky Theatre International Piano Festival
Vienna Konzerthaus
Cologne Philharmonie
Lucerne Festival
Wigmore Hall
Tonhalle Zurich
Boston Celebrity Series
Auditorium du Louvre
Complete Prokofiev Piano Sonatas in Tokyo
Carnegie Hall
Rheingau Musik Festival

So poised: his sense of rhythm, his sense of space between the notes, his puckish sense of humour… the whole disc… is unalloyed pleasure.

BBC Radio 3

Above all, [Kozhukhin] is natural, and this naturalness allows him to create an impression of unaffected simplicity and directness. Listening to Kozhukhin, you're left with one thing: the music - incontestable, complete.

Gramophone

By his final encore, the audience was lying at the feet of Denis Kozhukhin… Kozhukhin has already shown that he belongs to the vanguard of pianists.

De Volkskrant

Intermusica represents Denis Kozhukhin worldwide

Bridget Emmerson
Director / Head of Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9916
bemmerson@intermusica.co.uk

Nicola Friemel (on maternity leave)
Artist Manager (Germany)
+44 20 7608 9941
nfriemel@intermusica.co.uk

Lucy Saunders
Artist Manager
+44 20 7608 9936
lsaunders@intermusica.co.uk

Christopher Bland
Administrator, Artist Management
+44 20 7608 9939
cbland@intermusica.co.uk

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Chansonnier

HK Gruber

Special projects

Charles Hazlewood

Counter-tenor

Tim Mead

Stage director

David Alden

Andreas Homoki

Piano accompanist

Roger Vignoles