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Nikolai Lugansky

Nikolai Lugansky started playing piano at the age of five, before going on to study at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1988 he won second prize at the 8th International Bach Competition in Leipzig, in 1990 he again came second at the Moscow Rachmaninoff Competition, and in 1994 he won the 10th International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition. His star has been on the ascendancy ever since, as a soloist, a chamber musician and as a guest performer with the world’s greatest orchestras. His recordings feature works by Rachmaninoff, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky, and have won such prestigious prizes as the Diapason d’Or, the ECHO Klassik Award, the Gramophone Editor’s Choice, the BBC Music Magazine Award and the German Record Critics’ Award. This season, Nikolai Lugansky will be performing with the Berlin, Munich, and Czech Philharmonics, as well as the San Francisco, Boston and NHK Symphony Orchestras. He will be touring with Leonidas Kavakos and Gautier Capuçon (Brahms Trios), as well as with the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Yuri Temirkanov. He will perform all of Prokofiev’s piano concertos alongside the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, as well as giving solo performances at the Frankfurt Alte Oper, both the Berlin and the Vienna Konzerthaus, London’s Wigmore Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, among others.