Capable of great refinement and sensitivity in Mozart and Schumann, and breathtaking virtuosity in Rachmaninov and Prokofiev, Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility.
Concerto highlights for the 2013/14 season include his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra (Gianandrea Noseda), as well as returns to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Jiří Bělohlávek), the Philharmonia Orchestra (Pablo Heras-Casado), St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra (Yuri Temirkanov) and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (Yannick Nézet-Séguin). In recital and chamber performances, Lugansky makes his debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus, and performs at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Great Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and in the International Piano Series at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. His chamber music collaborations include performances with Alexander Kniazev and Vadim Repin. He regularly appears at some of the world's most distinguished festivals, including the BBC Proms, La Roque d'Anthéron, Verbier, and the Edinburgh International festivals.
Last season saw Nikolai Lugansky make his debut with the New York Philharmonic (with Charles Dutoit) as well as performances with the Orchestre de Paris and Bamberger Symphoniker. He performed recitals at venues including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, and Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música and toured with the Russian National Orchestra and Mikhail Pletnev and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hannu Lintu.
An acclaimed recording artist, Nikolai Lugansky records exclusively for the Naïve-Ambroisie label and his most recent recital recording, featuring Rachmaninov's two Piano Sonatas, was released in Autumn 2012 and won the Diapason d’Or. This follows his disc of solo Liszt works, which led Le Monde to write that “Nikolai Lugansky has entered the inner circle of great Lisztians”. Naïve release his recording of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.3 with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin in Autumn 2013.
Nikolai Lugansky studied at the Moscow Conservatoire. His teachers included Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Sergei Dorensky.