Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Denis Kozhukhin, piano
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 8pm — Longy’s Pickman Hall
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present pianist Denis Kozhukhin as part of The Debut Series. The performance will take place on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 8pm at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge. The Debut Series is sponsored by Harriet and David Griesinger and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Limited tickets for Denis Kozhukhin’s recital start at $25, and are available online at www.celebrityseries.org, by calling CelebrityCharge at (617) 482-6661, or at the Celebrity Series box office Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
This performance will mark Denis Kozhukin’s Boston debut.
Denis Kozhukhin was launched onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels at the age of 23. He has quickly established a formidable reputation and has already appeared at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls. Following the release of his debut recording with Onyx Classics of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonatas Nos 6, 7 and 8, Kozhukhin returned to Japan in Spring 2013 where he performed the complete cycle of Prokofiev sonatas at Musashino Hall. He also played the ‘War Sonatas’ in London at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in May 2013 as part of the Rest is Noise 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 has also been awarded 1st Prize at the Vendome Prize in Lisbon in 2009, and 3rd Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2006.
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, Jörg Widmann and Alisa Weilerstein.
HAYDN: Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI: 37
BRAHMS: Fantasien, Opus 116
RACHMANINOFF: Variations on a Theme by Corelli
HAYDN: Sonata in B minor, Hob. XVI: 32
FRANCK: Prelude, Chorale, and Fugue
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 7
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 77-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including Sergei Rachmaninoff, Arturo Toscanini, Ignace Paderewski, Artur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern, Andrés Segovia, Kirsten Flagstad, Marian Anderson, Luciano Pavarotti, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky, Martha Graham, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and the New York City Opera Company.
The Celebrity Series has been bringing the very best performers–from orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, to dance companies, jazz, and more–to Boston’s major concert halls for 77 years. The Celebrity Series of Boston believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its education initiatives, the Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience–on stages, in schools, at home– everywhere. For more information on Celebrity Series of Boston, call (617) 482-2595 or visit us online at www.celebrityseries.org.
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