Pavel Kolesnikov (29 October)
The son of scientists, Siberian-born Pavel Kolesnikov is one of today’s top young pianists. Studying concurrently the violin and piano for ten years, he then concentrated on the piano at the Moscow State Conservatory under Sergey Dorensky, and at the Royal College of Music in London (where he now lives) with Norma Fisher, making his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014.
Since winning First Prize at the Honens International Piano Competition in Calgary, he has played in – among many other venues: New York’s Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre in Paris, the Spoleto Festival and at London’s proms. His critically acclaimed discography on the Hyperion label includes Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, a disc of Chopin mazurkas, Beethoven sonatas and bagatelles and a selection of pieces from Couperin’s Bauyn manuscript, a recording on a modern grand piano which is illuminated by his insights into the sound world of the harpsichord. He enjoys a successful duo partnership with the pianist Samson Tsoy. Painting and photography occupy much of his time away from the piano, and he is an avid collector of fine perfume from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the present. This evening he talks to his recording producer Andrew Keener.