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Soloist-in-Residence, Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Nikolai Demidenko’s passionate virtuosity and musicianship have brought him worldwide recognition. His repertoire is wide-ranging including Bach, Clementi, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Mussorgsky, Rachmaninov, Scarlatti and Shostakovich. Demidenko performs at the highest level with orchestras and conductors including St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov, Accademia Nazionale de Santa Cecilia and Charles Dutoit, Philharmonia Orchestra with Tughan Sokhiev, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Sylvain Cambreling and Orchestre National de France with Eivind Gullberg-Jensen. Nikolai Demidenko has recorded extensively, including award-winning CDs of Chopin, Medtner and Scarlatti. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music and the University.
01 Oct 2016
On 9 October, Nikolai Demidenko starts his second set of performances as ‘Artist-in-Residence’ with the QSO. Nikolai will join the orchestra for two different programmes. Firstly a chamber music...
13 Aug 2016
On 19 August, Nikolai Demidenko joins the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Darrell Ang to perform Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3. The programme also features works by...
15 Jun 2016
On 17 June, Nikolai Demidenko will give the opening performance of the inaugural Tippet Rise Festival in Montana. Nikolai’s recital will feature a selection of Chopin Waltzes and Mazurkas, Liszt’s...
10 May 2016
Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s Soloist-in-Residence, Nikolai Demidenko, performs three Beethoven Piano Concertos No. 1, 3 and 4, as a part of QSO’s Beethoven Cycle. Nikolai joins the orchestra...
29 Mar 2016
In April, Nikolai Demidenko returns to perform with Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia under Otto Tusk, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2. The first performance takes place on 14 April at Auditorio...
24 Feb 2016
Fresh from an extensive UK tour with Flanders Symphony Orchestra, which led to an immediate re-invitation for a further five dates across Belgium in January 2017, Nikolai returns to Torino for...
06 Feb 2016
Nikolai Demidenko embarks on a UK tour with the Flanders Symphony Orchestra. The tour features two different programmes, led by chief-conductor Jan Latham-Koenig. Nikolai will play Chopin’s Piano...
21 Jan 2016
Following a very successful recital debut appearance at Kolarac Hall at the end of last year, Nikolai will appear in front of Belgrade audiences once again interpreting Rachmaninov’s Piano...
27 Oct 2015
The 2015/16 Southbank Centre International Piano Series will see Nikolai Demidenko make a welcome return on 3 November at St John’s Smith Square, London. He devotes this recital to the works...
08 Sep 2015
Building on a longstanding fruitful collaboration, Queensland Symphony Orchestra have announced Nikolai Demidenko as their ‘Soloist-in-Residence’ for the 2016 season. As part of his...
The Straits Times - Aug 2016
Bachtrack (Cadogan Hall) - Feb 2016
Bachtrack (Leeds Town Hall) - Feb 2016
Danas (Kolarac Hall, Belgrade) - Nov 2015
Evening Standard (International Piano Series, St John's Smith Square, London) - Nov 2015
Classical Source (International Piano Series, St John's Smith Square, London) - Nov 2015
San Francisco Classical Voice (California Theater, San Jose) - Oct 2015
Daily Democrat (California Theater, San Jose) - Oct 2015
Sydney Morning Herald (Melbourne Recital Centre) - Jun 2015
EL PAÍS (Palacio de la Opera, Coruna) - Mar 2015
Seen and Heard International (Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff) - Feb 2015
Actualitatea muzicala - Nov 2013
The Guardian (Schubert, Wigmore Hall) - Jan 2012
The Independent (Schubert, Wigmore Hall) - Jan 2012
BBC Music Magazine - Mar 2011
The Guardian (Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, The Barbican) - Oct 2004
The Guardian (Chopin Preludes; Sonata No 3 (Onyx)) - Nov 2008
The Independent (The Halle Orchestra, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester ) - Apr 2009
Belfast Telegraphn (Chopin recital at the Ulster Hall) - Feb 2010
The Independent (International Piano Series Chopin and Schumann recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall) - Apr 2010
Authoritative interpretations of over fifty concerti specifically those of Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky have brought Nikolai worldwide recognition and critical acclaim. His passionate, virtuosic performances and musical individuality marked him as one of the most extraordinary pianists of this century.
Nikolai has worked with many renowned conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Charles Dutoit, Evgeny Svetlanov and Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestras with whom he collaborated include the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, Orchestre National de France, Gavle Symfoniorkester and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
In 2016, Demidenko is ‘Soloist-in-Residence’ with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As a part of his residency, he performs the complete Beethoven Piano Concerti, a chamber music recital and conducts a masterclass.
Concerto highlights of his current and upcoming seasons include appearances with the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra; a tour across Belgium with Flanders Symphony, Szczecin Philharmonic, Lahti Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, Göttinger Symphonie Orchester; Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Silicon Valley.
Devoted recitalist and chamber musician, Nikolai possesses a unique ability to take a homogenous view of a recital and to pair different contents without ignoring their style (CultureNorthernIreland). Throughout his longstanding career, Nikolai gave recitals at some of the worlds’ most important venues including Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Konzerthaus Berlin, NCPA in Beijing, Hong Kong City Hall, Melbourne Recital Center and Sydney City Recital Hall. Nikolai is also a frequent guest of major London based venues including the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall and St. John’s Smith Square. Current season sees Demidenko giving recitals across the world including the Fribourg Piano Series, Wigmore Hall in London, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul and in Ulsan (South Korea).
Nikolai’s extensive discography consists of nearly 40 CDs. For Hyperion Records he recorded over 20 albums including his latest Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 with London Philharmonic Orchestra released in March 2015, Gramophone Editor’s Choice award-winning album of Medtner and Music for two Pianos (with Dmitri Alexeev), Rachmaninov CD awarded BBC Music Magazine Best of The Year and Diapason D’Or, and Scriabin & Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos which won BBC Music Magazine Best of The Year and Best Concerto Recording of The Year by Classis CD. Nikolai’s Chopin CD released in 2008 for Onyx Classics won the MIDEM 2010 Special Chopin Award for a new recording.
Russian-born pianist Nikolai Demidenko studied at the Gnessins Music School with Anna Kantor before joining the Moscow Conservatory with Dmitri Bashkirov. He was one of the winners of the Montreal International Music Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music and the University.
Released on Onyx, January 2009
Released Nov 2010
For the series The Real Chopin he presents passionate, unique performance of Chopin's selected pieces: Rondo in c minor, Op. 1, Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16, Berceuse, Op. 57 and Variations on the theme "Là ci darem la mano" from Mozart's "Don Giovanni", Op. 2.
The recording was made in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 15th-17th December 2008.