Next Concerts

Jul 20 & 21 2019

Pietrasanta, Italy – Pietrasanta Festival

Pietrasanta, Italy

Chamber Music with Guy Braunstein, Amichai Grosz & Jing Zhao
Dvořák Piano Quintet

Jul 26 2019

Altenhoff, Germany – Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival

Altenhoff, Germany

Chamber Music with Janine Jansen & Friends
Brahms Piano Quartet op 60
Dvořák Piano Quintet

REVIEWS

May 15 2019

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 5 / CBSO / cond. Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

” a fearlessly accurate and athletic Kozhukhin following in the footsteps of two other eminent Russian pianists who have championed this work, Sviatoslav Richter and Vladimir AshkenazyStriking to this performance was its dazzling spontaneity, where soloist and conductor were in total command of its ever-changing material, where pianistic pyrotechnics suddenly yield to gentle musing…Ideas turn on a sixpence in the Vivo and its garishness and gentle ambiguities were fully realised by Kozhukhin and a superbly supportive CBSO.

Read full review on bachtrack.com

Apr 17 2019

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / cond. Jamie Phillips

“ […] Russian soloist Denis Kozhukhin gave a superb performance combining great power and virility…along with musicality and subtlety all delivered with consummate technical ease. The first movement cadenza was notably dramatic and poetic. The ending to the final movement was particularly splendid. […] ”

Read the full review here.

Feb 12 2019

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2 / Iceland Symphony Orchestra / cond. Antonio Mendez

“[…] In short, Kozhukhin´s playing was one of the greatest fireworks displays I have witnessed in Harpa … His playing was technically outstanding and so full of power and excitement that one unwittingly searched for seatbelts in order not to be thrown in all directions. There was never a dull moment, and one´s draw jopped again and again. I hereby declare the founding of the Icelandic division of the Kozhukhin Fan Club. […] ”

Feb 12 2019

Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.5 / NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester / cond. Mirga Grazinaite-Tyla

“[…] Denis Kozhukhin was an impressively accurate choice for this solo part. The pianistic challenges did not seem to concern the Russian in the least; he designed the harsh brilliance of the first movement with laconic precision, contrasting the quirky, angular Toccata movement with the unexpectedly dreamily beginning of the Larghetto. Kozhukhin played it all away with ease, with that pleasant, sleek, triumphant serenity that only sets in when you do not want to prove anything anymore. But he could also effortlessly increase pressure and operating temperature to storm into the final.”

Read the full review on Hamburger Abendblatt (in German)

Dec 08 2018

Bartók Piano Concerto No. 3 / Liverpool Philharmonic / Kahchun Won

“[…] Wong was joined by pianist Denis Kozhukhin for a spellbinding performance of Bartók’s Piano Concerto no.3. The playing throughout was assured and effortless and the interpretation restrained but never dull. Both pianist and conductor treated the musical details with such utter respect, and executed them with such precision, one could not fail to be drawn into this thoroughly engaging performance. In all three movements Wong balanced the orchestra to sheer perfection, the soloist always to the fore and never overpowered. The first movement was impressive in its range of dynamics, creating light and shade. It was full of drama: conductor and pianist had the same vision, each episode had its own character – individual, vivid and enchanting. The second movement was atmospheric, moody, ethereal. In the chordal textures of the piano writing the balance between the hands was exquisite, the melody projecting with crystal-clear clarity. Kozhukhin was completely lost in the music, in the birdsong, in the reverie he’d created. There was gentle and effective use of Rubato, which added another dimension to this reading. Without a chance to breathe, they launched straight into a strongly rhythmic final movement. Full of bold colours, this astutely phrased finale was simply dazzling.

Grieg’s “Spring” from Lyric Pieces, was given as encore. The phrasing was simple and delicate, and the judiciously balanced hands allowed the bell-like tone of the melody to carry with purity. […] ”

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Nov 15 2018

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 / National Symphony Orchestra / cond. Carlos Miguel Prieto

“[…] The winner of the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition, Kozhukhin plays with all the authority one could want: There’s a palpable firmness to the way he touches the notes. What he offers is a 21st-century take on Russian fireworks, dazzling and strong yet emphasizing musicality over circus tricks even in the astonishing cadenza — and all with an underlying sense of cleanness and precision: fireworks without any smoke to obscure the picture. […] ”

Read the full review on The Washington Post 

Jun 11 2018

Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 / Philharmonia Orchestra / cond. Paavo Järvi

[…] In performing Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto, it was the Russian Denis Kozhukhin who replaced Khatia Buniatishvili as soloist. Kozhukhin’s reputation may not be as lofty as what some of the audience tonight might have desired, but this was a concern fated to be futile. At times sensitive, at times visceral, and at times both in an entirely convincing way, Kozhukhin’s pianism demonstrated an immersive musical narrative, complemented with his impeccably crystal-clear technique. Although his audible murmuring was initially worrisome, these vocal intrusions were only proof of Kozhukhin’s musical confidence, as he cadenced through the variegated moods and shapes of Rachmaninov’s maze with natural fervour; musically, any indication of self-consciousness was largely kept at bay. Järvi’s empathic accompaniment proved invaluable, as even the minutest of Kozhukhin’s expressions were attended. Yet this is not to suggest the wanting of orchestral beef. In the soaring coda of the Finale, neither Kozhukhin nor the orchestra compromised any sort of their presence, as the work concluded triumphantly. […]
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