Mikhail Voskresensky is one of Russia's leading pianists. He is the winner of
four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro,
George Enescu in Bucharest, and Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas). In 1966 he
was honoured with the Merited Artist of Russia award and in 1989, the People's
Artist of Russia. Mikhail Voskresensky has extensive concert experience.
He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin's piano compositions
during one concert season (in 1982-83, in nine recitals in the Maly Hall of the
Mikhail Voskresensky graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire where he studied
under Ilia Klyachko, Boris Zemliansky, Yakob Milstein, Lev Oborin (piano) and
Leonid Roizman (organ). As student of the famous Lev Oborin, the winner of the
First Chopin's Competition in 1927, Voskresensky adopted his teacher's refined
romanticism, and perfect taste in harmony with the piano's splendid sound. The
images evoked by his playing suggest contrasting musical colours, never out of
harmony, with a charming legato inducing the instrument to sing. "His playing
fascinates audiences with its artistry, cordiality and ingeniousness. Mikhail
Voskresensky is a very talented and intelligent musician", Oborin wrote about
Voskresensky's repertoire includes Beethoven's 32 sonatas, all works of Chopin,
and 56 piano concertos. He has performed with orchestras under the direction of
more than 150 conductors, among them - Charles Dutoit, John Pritchard, Franz
Kon-witschny, Kurt Masur, Eugeny Svetlanov, Kirill Kondrashin etc.
His 40 CD's include recent recordings of all sonatas and etudes by Scriabin,
"Pictures at an Exhibition" by Mussorgsky, Beethoven’s Hammer-klavier, works by
Liszt, Schumann, Rachmaninov...
Mikhail Voskresensky began his pedagogical activities at the Moscow
Conservatoire in 1959. For 8 years, he was an assistant to Professor Lev Oborin;
since 1963 he has his own class. At present, Professor Voskresensky is the Head
of piano chair at the Moscow Conservatoire. His pupils have won 111 prizes in
international competitions, among them 49 gold medals.
He has participated as juror for international competitions in London, Leeds,
Sydney, Tel Aviv and others as well as for the Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov
Competitions in Moscow. He continues to be Chairman of the Jury for the Scriabin
International Competition in Moscow.
Mikhail Voskresensky is the President of the Scriabin International Society, and
Guest Professor in the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.
Professor Voskresensky gives numerous master classes in Russia and abroad. In
the last 3 years, he gave master classes in Bejing, Lissabon, Paris, and Tokyo.
The Julliard School invited Professor Voskresensky to teach for the period of
three weeks in this famous stronghold of American pianism.
This CD is dedicated to the memory of Ekaterina, Mikhail Voskresensky’s daughter
, a brilliant pianist, who tragically died in a car accident in 1994.
Leonid Nikolaev studied at the Moscow Conservatoire with Boris Khaikin and Aron
Shereshevsky. He was on special course in Vienna with a famous conductor Hans
Swarovski. In 1974, he won Grand Prix of Herbert von Karajan Fund at the
International Symphony orchestra competition in Berlin. Together with Leonid
Slatkin and Zubin Mehta, he was the principal of the Russian-American
International Youth orchestra from the moment of its creation in 1988. He
recorded many CDs with music of Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Berlioz, Shostakovich...
Together with Mikhail Voskresensky, he recorded 2nd Piano concerto by Chopin
with Great Radio and TV Symphony orchestra.
He appeared in all European countries, in Cuba, USA, Japan. He is a professor of
the Moscow Conservatoire.