Denis Kozhukhin

Born in 1986, Russia, Denis Kozhukhin has been initiated to piano by his parents, studied at Zhavoronok School, and then at Balakirev School with Natalia Fish to get a diplom with honor when he was only 14.

In 2000-2007 he studied in the Queen Sofia High Music School of Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and Claude Martinez-Menher. He had master classes also with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Zakhar Bron, Gerard Causse, Claude Franck, Ralf Gothoni, Christian Ivaldi, Zoltan Kocsis, Stephan Kovacevich, Vitali Margulis, Menahem Pressler, Fou Ts'ong, Rosalyn Tureck, Elisso Virsaladze, among others. During these years he recieved a diploma with honor by the Queen Sofia herself as the best student and twice as the best chamber music group with his Cervantes Trio, which recorded a CD of Turina Trio (Sony special edition Queen Sofia High Music School). He is still under Dmitri Bashkirov's protection, follows classes in the superior cycle of chamber music with his Cervantes Trio in the Queen Sofia Music School with professors such as Ralph Gothóni, follows master classes at the International Academy Lake Como in Italy, and classes with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart Musik Hochschule.

His prizes of International Piano Competitions already include: 1st Prize at Vendome Prize 2009 in Lisbon, 3rd Prize at Leeds International Piano Competition 2006, 1st Prize at Morocco International Music Competition 2010, the Grand Prix at Alicia de Larrocha Competition (Andorra), Reuters Foundation Price (Verbier Festival & Academy), the Grand Prix at "In Svyatoslav Richter´s Memory" 1997, the Grand Prix at Tortona 1996.

Denis Kozhukhin has been invited in festivals such as Progetto Martha Argerich (Lugano), Verbier Festival & Academy, Saharov Festival (75th anniversary of M. Rostropovich, N. Novgorod), Paloma O´Shea Summer Festival (Santander), Ruhr Klavier Festival in Germany, Louvre Auditorium Series (Paris), Prestige Series (New York), Paul Lens's concert series (Munich)... He already played with the Halle Orchestra (Mark Elder), the Gulbenkian Orchestra (George Pehlivanian), the Nizhni Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra (Evgueny Bushkov)...

His next engagements include concerts in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Bouffes du Nord in Paris, Lille Piano Festival, Santander Festival, Chopin Festival in Poland, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Louvre Auditorium, the Hamburger Symphoniker conducted by Jeffrey Tate (Brahms 1), the Hungarian National Philharmonic conducted by Zoltan Kocsis in Budapest & Szeged (Prokofiev 2)...

Denis Kozhukhin also plays regularly chamber music with Jakob Koranyi, Stéphanie-Marie Degand, Ivana Ristova (Arcadia Band Project) and other musiciens too. His repertoire of solist and chamber music is already huge for his young age. His exceptional music personality reminds legendary Russian pianists of the past. He is probably one of the most promising pianists of this new generation.