Next Concerts

Oct 5 2017

Philharmonia Orchestra

London, UK - Royal Festival Hall

With Santtu-Matias Rouvali (conductor)

  • Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43

Oct 13 2017

Barcelona Symphony

Barcelona, Spain - Auditori, Hall 1 Pau Casals

With Antoni Wit (conductor)

  • Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102

REVIEWS

Apr 26 2016

Recording: Tchaikovsky & Grieg Piano Concertos

Editor’s Choice “Above all, [Kozhukhin] is natural, and this naturalness allows him to create an impression of unaffected simplicity and directness. Of course, this could only be achieved by deeply cultivated musical instincts and a technique as developed and varied as it is unobtrusive. His inerrant rhythmic sense is pliant yet taut; his sound unalloyed silver. Listening to Kozhukhin, you’re left with one thing: the music – incontestable, complete.”
Gramophone, May 2016

“Kozhukhin’s piano playing has an endless amount of facets and sound colours … he breathes new life into these well-known pieces … His new CD shows him once again to be a tasteful and style-conscious virtuoso for whom the piano is much more than an instrument of self-expression. Very few pianists have such a musical breadth as [Kozhukhin]. Denis Kozhukhin is already one of the greats of the black and white keys.”
radiobremen.de
, April 2016

“…these two works are the best known concertos in the repertoire and a brave choice for [Kozhukhin’s] first orchestral disc … If you want to add these old warhorses to your music library, however, there are few better places to start than here.”
Herald Scotland
, April 2016

Apr 15 2016

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 / Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Ashkenazy

“Technically flawless and musically imperious … the outrageous first-movement cadenza was astonishing, no holds barred … this was something special. Throughout, Kozhukhin’s attention to detail and articulation was immaculate, and his daredevil playing was thrilling … Kozhukhin was a knockout.”
Classical Source, April 2016

Feb 23 2016

BBC Radio 3 Wigmore Hall lunchtime recital / Haydn, Brahms, Liszt, Bartók

“Kozhukhin combined poise, grace and a brilliant witty clarity … with sensitive lyricism … He brought a full, rounded tone to [the Brahms], his fortes and fortissimos muscular and colourful rather than simply loud.”

“[In the Liszt, he allowed us] to bask in sweet sonorities and ravishingly spacious phrases, creating a sense of relaxed ecstasy … his delicacy of touch and dynamic shadings made one believe the piano had lost its hammers as sounds shimmered and fluttered around the hall.”

“[The encores] further demonstrated his ability to segue apparently effortlessly between myriad styles and genres of music.”
Bachtrack, February 2016

Jan 22 2016

Celebrity Series of Boston recital / Haydn, Brahms, Rachmaninov, Franck, Prokofiev

“… one of the most absorbing piano recitals I have attended in some time… The performance stood as a monument—totally engrossing from graceful start to concluding climactic flourishes.”
Classical Scene, January 2016

Nov 30 2015

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.3 / Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR cond. Shokakhimov

“… it’s as if the young piano star Denis Kozhukhin was specifically created to be a sensitive interpreter of Rachmaninov.

[Kozhukhin] gave the astounding impression that the virtuoso piece had played itself. Under his hands, the Steinway piano wasn’t pushed to its limits, but instead displayed the extraordinary virtuosity of this exceptional pianist, playing from memory and bent over the keyboard, conveying the most tender emotions with concentrated energy.”
Augsburger Allgemeine, December 2015

Oct 14 2015

International Piano Series / Haydn, Brahms, Liszt, Bartók

“Unshowily but grippingly, he dispatched two Haydn sonatas and Bartók’s brilliantly condensed Out of Doors pieces, and ventured the high Romantic contrast of Liszt’s Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude. There was Brahms and encore Scarlatti, too – Kozhukhin ranged over the keyboard centuries like a duke displaying prized possessions.”
Sunday Times, October 2015

“Denis Kozhukhin … played [two Haydn sonatas] with brilliance, sensitivity and wit. His subtle and dynamic approach was a joy … The Liszt was altogether exceptional – luxuriant and evocative, ideally contemplative, ravishing the senses … Denis Kozhukhin is simply one of the best pianists around.”
Classical Source, October 2015

Sep 29 2015

Auditorium du Louvre / Beethoven, Debussy, Berio, Bartók

“a pianist of obvious talent and with a radiant future”
ResMusica, September 2015

 

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