Next Concerts

Aug 04 2018

Aurora Orchestra

Saffron Walden - Saffron Hall

With Nicholas Collon (conductor)

  • Shostakovich Concerto No.2

Aug 06 2018

BBC Proms at Royal Albert Hall

London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall

Aurora Orchestra
With Nicholas Collon (conductor)

  • Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2

REVIEWS

Jul 13 2017

Rachmaninov Concerto No. 1 / Staatskapelle Berlin cond. Barenboim

“Denis Kozhukhin in complete unity with Barenboim”

“Daniel Barenboim, who originally was to continue his Rachmaninoff piano concert cycle with Lang Lang, could find a more than adequate replacement: Denis Kozhukhin, the Russian pianist, who already created a stir two years ago, when he stepped in for Martha Argerich during Barenboim’s Staatsoper-Festtage. Since then, the 30-year-old seems to enjoy the confidence of the Maestro, and is one of the musical friends Barenboim likes to invite to the Boulez-Saal. Yet the fact that Kozhukhin is in a position to shake off Rachmaninoff’s almost unknown, difficult first piano concerto within such a short time, is a wondrous surprise.”

“This time the pianist shows a different face – that of a wild virtuoso. Already at the start of the F-Sharp-Minor Rachmaninov Concerto – a twisted mixture of Tchaikovsky fanfares of fate and the launch of the Grieg Concerto – he succeeds in a sweeping manner through head-over-heels tempi that remind of the legendary Rachmaninoff recordings of the American Earl Wild. However, Kozhukhin is not a hotrod, and his loud hissing and wheezing in the highest fortissimo excitement should not overshadow how intelligent and differentiated his piano playing is. Depending on the circumstance, Kozhukhin can play with force, exude lyrical warmth or fascinate with clarity. He confidently leads the Staatskapelle at all times.”

Berliner Morgenpost, June 2017

 

“Pianist Denis Kozhukhin delivers another highlight with the first piano concerto by Sergei Rachmaninov. Powerful, and at the same time easy -“cool” might be the right expression – he casts the underestimated early work. It stands in the shadow of “Rach 2”, although it has the most beautiful middle movement of the four piano concertos by the Russian late-romantic, which moves from its phantasy quality straight into the virtuoso finale. In the process, Kozhukhin hardly manages to stay on the stool, and brings the concerto to a grandiose conclusion nearly standing up. Barenboim’s embrace afterwards expresses enthusiasm, and perhaps also thanks for having represented the injured Lang Lang with bravura.”

Tagesspiegel, June 2017

Jul 06 2017

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 / Philharmonia Orchestra cond. Y. Temirkanov

“…Denis Kozhukhin was in terrific shape, confirming his place as one the very finest pianists of his generation (he’s about thirty now), a flawless technique serving the music’s direction, ebb and flow, strength and delicacy, all cohesively bonded without exaggeration and backed to the hilt by the Philharmonia. After such a freshly-painted account, full of character, discretion, rapture and electricity, an encore from Kozhukhin was welcome, a sensitive and spacious reading of the first of Brahms’s Opus 117 Piano Pieces…” Read more on classicalsource.com

Jan 18 2017

Recording: Brahms Ballades & Fantasies

“These are masterfully formed interpretations, expressive and inspired, with perfect timing, phrasing and dynamics.”
opusklassiek.nl, January 2017

Dec 16 2016

Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor / Chicago Symphony Orchestra cond. Krivine

“[Kozhukhin’s] dazzling performance … must have lifted Orchestra Hall a few feet off its foundation. It was hard, in fact, to imagine any pianist seizing this formidably difficult concerto in a mightier grip than this Russian firebrand… Even in a day when keyboard virtuosos are thick on the ground, Kozhukhin is special.”
Chicago Tribune, November 2016

“Kozhukhin is one of the most technically equipped pianists of our time, and he romped through the myriad challenges and digital landmines of this score with remarkable accuracy and finesse… The concluding pages were simply spellbinding, Kozhukhin throwing off Prokofiev’s spiky virtuosity at a speed that often left his hands a blur.”
Chicago Classical Review, November 2016

Sep 15 2016

Wigmore Hall recital / Haydn, Brahms, Weber, Bartók, Albéniz

“[He] combines a prodigious technique with penetrating musical insights about the works he is playing… Kozhukhin’s virtuoso credentials were clearly on display and some of the passage-work [in the Albéniz] was absolutely dazzling.”
Seen and Head International 

May 16 2016

Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra cond. Thomas Dausgaard

“But Thursday night really belonged to that wonder from Russia, Denis Kozhukhin, for his astounding performance of Brahms’ First Piano Concerto, which was everything it should be, with the pianist’s structural mastery of the colossal first movement, the real passion, emotional crescendo and catharsis of the slow movement, and the gobsmacking vigour and virtuosity of the finale. I was blown away.”
Herald Scotland, May 2016

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

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