Monday, January 2, 2023

Nikolai Demidenko

Teaching Languages : English, Spanish, Russian

Nikolai Demidenko was a prize-winning pianist at the Montreal International Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. The University of Surrey recognized his great contribution to the field of music by awarding him an Honorary Doctorate degree.


His virtuosity, passion and musicality led him to give concerts throughout Europe and America, as well as Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand etc. with outstanding directors and orchestras.


Frequent recitals in London include his participation in the Great Performers Series at the Barbican, the International Piano Series at the Southbank Center and the London Pianoforte Series at Wigmore Hall.


His extensive discography consists of more than 40 recordings. For Hyperion Records he has recorded over 20 award winning CDs including Gramophone Editor's Choice, BBC Music Magazine Best of the Year, Diapason D'Or. The Chopin CD recorded for AGPL received the prestigious Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. Chopin's album recorded for ONYX Classics won the 2010 MIDEM Chopin Special Award.


He studied at the Gnessin School of Music with Anna Kantor and graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the pianist and pedagogue Dmitri Baskhirov, later being his assistant teacher for several years.


Nikolai Demidenko, parallel to his career as a pianist, developed his pedagogical activity by giving masterclasses and consulting to young performers from all over the world. Since 2016  he systematically collaborates with the Fryderyk Chopin Institute offering master classes at the course organized in parallel to the "Chopin and his Europe" Festival.


He has been a member of the jury of many international piano competitions, such as the Franz Liszt Competition in Utrecht, the International Piano Competition in Leeds, the Piano Competition in Sydney, the ARD Music Competition in Munich and the 1st International Chopin Competition in period  Instruments in 2018; he is currently invited to be a part of the jury in its second edition in October 2023.