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 Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.
Born in Nizhni Novgorod, Russia, in 1986, 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 Reine Sofia School of Music in Madrid, learning with Dimitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner. After his studies in Madrid,
Kozhukhin was invited to study at the Piano Academy at Lake Como. He completed his studies with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart.
Kozhukhin has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls and with many of the leading international orchestras and conductors. Notably he recently performed a cycle of the complete Prokofiev piano concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the 2011/12 season working with Jun Märkl, Xian Zhang, Lan Shui, Ludovic Morlot and Martyn Brabbins, with The Scotsman describing Kozhukhin’s playing as ‘of such rare quality it is difficult to light on vocabulary that might define the experience’.
In 2013 he will perform the complete cycle of Prokofiev piano sonatas in Tokyo and will also play the War Sonatas in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, as part of the South Bank’s The Rest is Noise Festival.
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