*1 VII 1955 Aniskino
Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate pianism means that he is in demand worldwide. Frequent London recitals have included the Great Performers series at the Barbican, the International Piano Series at the Southbank Centre and recently, in the London Pianoforte Series at the Wigmore Hall, a Schubert recital performed to great success and rave reviews.
He is renowned for his authoritative performances of the Russian concerto repertoire, such as Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, and has worked with many conductors and orchestras throughout the world. He has a flourishing relationship with the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, with whom he performs regularly. He also enjoys a fruitful collaboration with several Russian artists who have made their homes in London: a cello and piano duo with Leonid Gorokhov; piano quartets with the exciting new Hermitage String Trio; and a two-piano partnership with Dmitri Alexeev, who likewise studied at the Moscow Conservatory under Dmitri Bashkirov. His repertoire is wide-ranging, including Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky and Scarlatti. Festival appearances include venues in Aldeburgh, Beijing, Dubrovnik, Eilat, New York, Oslo, Singapore and Warsaw.
Concert engagements in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances with the Adelaide Symphony, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, NCPA Orchestra Beijing, Melbourne Symphony, Orchestre national de France, Philharmonia, Queensland Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Orquesta Nacional de España, St Petersburg Philharmonic, Sinfonieorchester St Gallen, Poznań Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, Ulster and Hallé orchestras and London Mozart Players. For Hyperion Records, Demidenko has recorded albums of Bach-Busoni, Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert and Schumann and concerti by Chopin, Medtner (Gramophone Award), Scriabin, Tchaikovsky and Weber, as well as the complete Prokofiev concerti with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev. For the Munich-based AGPL label, he has recorded Beethoven’s ‘Hammerklavier’ Sonata, a collection of Scarlatti sonatas and a Chopin CD which won the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik. His Chopin CD for Onyx Classics, including his first recording of the Op. 28 Preludes, won the MIDEM 2010 ‘Special Chopin Award’ for a new recording.
He has recorded CD for the Fryderyk Chopin Institute’s ‘Real Chopin’ series, and performed in the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival in 2008.