Nikolai Demidenko

Nikolai Demidenko

Nikolai Demidenko´s passionate pianism means that he is in demand worldwide. A highlight of summer 2007 was his tour of Australia and New Zealand, while back in Europe he has performed in most European capitals as well as throughout the British Isles. Russian born and trained, he is proud to have been granted British Citizenship in 1995, having lived in the UK since 1990.

Frequent London recitals have included the Great Performers series at the Barbican Concert Hall, the International Piano Series at South Bank Centre and, in April 2008, he returns to the London Pianoforte Series at Wigmore Hall. He also plays annually at the Herkulessaal in Munich.

He is renowned for his authoritative performances of the Russian concerto repertoire such as Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky and has worked with many conductors and orchestras throughout the world. He has a flourishing relationship with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, with whom he performs regularly. He also enjoys a fruitful collaboration with several Russian artists who have made their homes in London; a cello and piano duo with Leonid Gorokhov; piano quartets with the exciting new Hermitage String Trio; and a two-piano partnership with Dmitri Alexeev, who likewise studied at the Moscow Conservatoire under Dmitri Bashkirov.

His repertoire is nonetheless wide-ranging including Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Scarlatti. He has a special affinity with the works of Chopin and will be travelling to Warsaw to perform at the Chopin & His Europe Festival in August 2008. Other festival appearances include venues in Aldeburgh, Dubrovnik, Eilat, New York and Oslo.

For Hyperion Records Nikolai Demidenko has recorded albums of Bach-Busoni, Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert & Schumann and concertos by Chopin, Medtner (which won a Gramophone Award), Scriabin, Tchaikovsky & Weber as well as the complete Prokofiev Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev. For the Munich-based AGPL label he has recorded Beethoven´s Hammerklavier Sonata, a collection of Scarlatti sonatas and, recently, a new Chopin CD which won the Deutschen Schallplatten Kritiks Preis.