Denis Kozhukhin PIANO

“I’ve never heard so much revelatory detail in Prokofiev’s triptych of dark and painful masterpieces… a stunning tour de force.” BBC Music Magazine

Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Previous awards include 1st Prize at the Ve dome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006. Kozhukhin has 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, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Santander International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Théâtre du Châtelet and Auditorium du Louvre Paris.

In the 12/13 season, Kozhukhin performed with the Vienna Symphony with Alsop, Baltimore Symphony with Alsop, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony with Sinaisky, Royal Flemish with de Waart (including a performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Petrenko, BBC Scottish Symphony with Runnicles, Bournemouth Symphony with Karabits and Seattle Symphony with Morlot. He returned to Japan in Spring 2013 where he performed the complete cycle of Prokofiev sonatas at Musashino Hall, a performance he repeated in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2013 as part of the Rest is Noise Festival.

Future concerto highlights include the Oslo Philharmonic with Hrusa, Philharmonia with Temirkanov, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic with Payare, Frankfurt Radio with Alsop, Verbier Festival Orchestra with Dutoit, Hallé Orchestra with Langrée, Orchestre National de Belgique with Boreyko and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic with Gulberg-Jensen. In 2014, Kozhukhin will also be Temirkanov’s soloist on his major US tour with the St Petersburg Philharmonic which will include performances at the Carnegie Hall. As a recitalist, Kozhukhin will make his debut appearance at the Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists series, the Tonhalle, Wigmore Hall, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival and the Prague Dvorak Festival.

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, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Pavel Haas Quartet, Radovan Vlatkovic, and Alisa Weilerstein.