Denis Kozhukhin

Winner of the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23, Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation.  Combining wisely the brilliance and power of his playing with a masterful sense of form, maturity and unique sensitivity, his performances have been praised by critics as “spellbinding”, “imperious” and “mesmerizing”.

Kozhukhin appears frequently with leading orchestras including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Chicago Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Vienna Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Mariinsky Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and NHK Symphony.  He regularly performs under the batons of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi,Vladimir Jurowski, Vasily Petrenko, Simon Rattle, Yuri Temirkanov, Jaap van Zweden, among others.

The 2018/2019 season saw Kozhukhin’s début at the BBC Proms with Aurora Orchestra, débuts with the National Symphony Orchestra, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Bamberg Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, LaVerdi Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, KBS Symphony, Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony, Borusan Philharmonic, as well as returns to London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Bournemouth Symphony and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic.  He also toured Europe with Cadaqués Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 23, and was Artist in Residence at the 2018 Verbier Festival at Schloss Elmau.

Kozhukhin has given recitals at prestigious venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Musikverein, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Boulez Saal Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich, Cologne Philharmonie, Théâtre du Châtelet, Concertgebouw’s Master Pianists Series, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Verbier Festival and London’s International Piano Series.  His chamber music partners include Vilde Frang, Janine Jansen, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Vadim Repin, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Pablo Ferrández, Emmanuel Pahud, Jörg Widmann, Radovan Vlatković, Elena Bashkirova, Jerusalem Quartet and Pavel Haas Quartet.

His début recording for Pentatone with Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin and Vassily Sinaisky features the piano concertos of Grieg and Tchaikovsky.  It was received with rave reviews, including Gramophone’s “Editor’s Choice” and “Disc of the month” in Fono Forum and Stereophone.  His most recent concerto album (Ravel and Gershwin) with Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Kazuki Yamada was released in 2018.

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