*1980 Saint Petersburg
Born in St Petersburg in 1980, Yevgeny Sudbin displayed exceptional musical talent from his early childhood. In 1987 he entered the special music school attached to the St Petersburg Conservatory. From 1990 he continued his studies in Berlin. He then moved to London, where he lived until 1997 and where he studied under Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. He also took part in masterclasses with such outstanding pedagogues as Murray Perahia, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Stephen Hough and Aleksander Satz, organised by the Lake Como International Foundation.
In recent seasons he has given concerts in Europe, Canada and the USA, making his debut at the Frick Collection in New York. In 2007 he performed in the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado (USA) and La Roque d'Anthéron Festival in France, and also at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
His CD of sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, released in 2005 (BIS), earned great praise from the critics, as did his subsequent recordings: a Rachmaninov recital (2005, BIS) and a CD featuring Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Nikolai Medtner's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra under John Neschling (BIS, 2007). Yevgeny Sudbin is now regarded as one of the most interesting and exciting young pianists in the world. His last CD with works by Alexander Scriabin (2007, BIS) was BBC Music Magazine's CD of the Month and The Daily Telegraph's CD of the Year, and it also won the Midem Classical Award in Cannes for best instrumental CD of the year.
The artist's plans include concerts and recordings with the North Carolina Symphony, appearances with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänska and the San Francisco Symphony under Vladimir Ashkenazy, and also his debut, in 2008, at the BBC Proms with the BBC Philharmonic under Yan Pascal Tortelier. His recording projects for BIS include all the piano concertos by Beethoven with the Minnesota Orchestra under Osmo Vänska.