Vassily Primakov was born in Moscow in 1979. His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s “Young Artist of the Year.” In 2009, Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov’s Mozart concertos: “The piano playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced, both in itself and in relation to the effortlessly stylish orchestra. The rhythm is both shapely and dynamic, the articulation a model of subtlety. By almost every objective criterion, Vassily Primakov is a Mozartian to the manner born, fit to stand as a role model to a new generation.” Vassily Primakov’s recent recordings include: Beethoven Sonatas (BRIDGE 9251); the Chopin Concertos (BRIDGE 9278); Tchaikovsky: The Seasons and Grand Sonata (BRIDGE 9283); Chopin: 21 Mazurkas (BRIDGE 9289); Schumann: Carnaval, Kreisleriana, Arabeske (BRIDGE 9300); Dvorak: Piano Concerto, Op. 33; Poetic Tone-Pictures, Op. 85 (BRIDGE 9309); Schubert: Dances and Impromptus (BRIDGE 9327); Mozart Concertos, Vol. 1 (BRIDGE 9328A/B) and Vassily Primakov plays Brahms, Chopin & Scriabin, Primakov’s first film, issued on DVD (BRIDGE 9315). In November of 2010 the first CD in a series of live performances, “Primakov in Concert, Vol. 1”, will be released including works by Brahms, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.
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