Vitaly Pisarenko

In April 2008, Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko (born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1987) won First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, the Netherlands. A packed tour schedule immediately commenced with an appearance with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw under the baton of Damian Iorio and concerts in over 25 countries including Germany, UK, Japan and the United States.  In 2015 he was Third Prize Winner at the Leeds International Piano Competition. Pisarenko has appeared with the North Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Beethoven Festival in Warsaw, Brno Philharmonic, Gelders Orkest and KBS Symphony Orchestra and in recital at the Wigmore Hall, Teatro Colon, de Singel Antwerp, Musikverein Vienna, as well as a tour of China including performances at NCPA Beijing and Shanghai Concert Hall.

Vitaly Pisarenko debuts at the Festival Ricardo Castro in Mexico

11 Apr 2017

Vitaly Pisarenko will make his debut at the Festival Ricardo Castro organised by the Instituto Municipal del Arte y La Cultura in Durango, Mexico, on 14 April. As winner of the International Franz...

Russian pianist Vitaly Pisarenko signs to ICA for General Management

11 Mar 2016

ICA is proud to announce the signing of young Russian pianist, Vitaly Pisarenko, 1st prize winner of the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht and 3rd prize winner in the 2015...

“A remarkable display of extreme piano virtuosity was given by Vitaly Pisarenko(...)this 28-year-old Russian pianist had created something of a sensation with his performance of Tchaikovsky’s B flat minor concerto with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Friends of Music - Oct 2015

“Pisarenko is a pianist of astonishing ability. He displayed an extraordinary technique in the concerto’s great virtuoso passages, thunderous octaves, rapid runs, and he produced a lovely rounded tone in the lyrical, poetic themes.”

artSMart - Oct 2015

“Mr. Pisarenko played with prodigious technique, myriad shadings and scrupulous accuracy. His account of Ravel’s “Miroirs” had wondrous delicacy and moments of tender sensitivity. (…) His account of Liszt’s Polonaise No. 2 emerged with punchy rhythmic vitality and, when this evocation of a Polish dance turns unexpectedly frenzied, with demonic fervor. And it was refreshing to hear Mr. Pisarenko’s serious-minded performance of Liszt’s exuberant Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2. In his hands the spiraling passagework, thick with pungent cluster chords, anticipated the harmonies of a much-later Hungarian master, Gyorgy Ligeti...”

New York Times

“(…)I felt few pianists drew the extraordinary levels of pianissimo from the piano as Vitaly Pisarenko did. To have a compulsory work [Britten Notturno] at this stage really gives extra insight for a jury, and the fact that everyone must play on the same piano, unlike many other competitions, I think is a really positive thing. It truly sounded like 12 different instruments.”

Classical-music.com - Aug 2015

After winning First Prize at the 8th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, Vitaly Pisarenko took a place in musical world as a pianist of unusually soft touch and captivating expressiveness, rapidly gaining worldwide recognition. His position was soon consolidated by taking Third Prize at the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Following his success at the Liszt Competition Vitaly undertook an extensive international tour performing in more than 25 countries with orchestras including Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, National Philharmonic Orchestra in Warsaw, Noord Nederlands Orchestra, Brno Philharmonic Orchestra on tour in Japan, KBS Symphony Orchestra and Het Gelders Orchestra. In October 2015 Vitaly embarked a major South African Tour performing with KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and gave many solo recitals in cities including Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.

A committed and versatile recitalist, Vitaly made his solo performance debut at many of the most important venues across the world including most recently the Musikverein in Vienna, Wigmore Hall, Cadogan Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Moscow Philharmonic Hall, Moscow Conservatory Concert Hall, National Center for Performing Arts in Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, De Doelen in Rotterdam, deSingel in Antwerp, Toyota Concert Hall in Japan, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and Palace of Arts in Budapest. Vitaly is also an active chamber musician. He frequently performs with the Heath Quartet, winners of TROMP String Quartet Competition and recently undertook an extensive international tour including United Kingdom, Netherlands and China.   

Performance highlights of current and upcoming seasons feature an extensive 13 dates project/tour across Belgium with an actor Warre Borgmans, many recitals in Europe including United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland and a concert performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 with Israel Sinfonia under Justus Franz.

Vitaly Pisarenko started his musical studies in Kiev and in Moscow, subsequently becoming a student at the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Yuri Slesarev. Following his graduation in 2013, he undertook a post academic course at the Rotterdam Codarts Conservatory. Vitaly completed his Master’s degree diploma in 2014 and in 2015 an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music under Dimitri Alexeev. Currently he started a Doctoral Course as an Emma Rose Momorial Scholar and a Bob and Sarah Wigley Scholar.

July 2017