Denis Kozhukhin, alumnus of the International Piano Academy Lake Como and winner of the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition, has continued to be a sought-after artist both as orchestral soloist and recitalist. In the summer of 2017, Kozhukhin again proves his skill and artistry with two orchestras in London.
In June, Kozhukhin performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Temirkanov at the Southbank Centre. Reviewer Colin Anderson from Classical Source writes that:
“Denis Kozhukhin was in terrific shape, confirming his place as one the very finest pianists of his generation (he’s about thirty now), a flawless technique serving the music’s direction, ebb and flow, strength and delicacy, all cohesively bonded without exaggeration and backed to the hilt by the Philharmonia. After such a freshly-painted account, full of character, discretion, rapture and electricity, an encore from Kozhukhin was welcome, a sensitive and spacious reading of the first of Brahms’s Opus 117 Piano Pieces.”
In July Kozhukhin was a last-minute substitute for Lang Lang in a performance with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra. Telegraph reviewer Ivan Hewett praised Kozhukhin for his handling of Bartok’s 2nd Piano Concerto:
“Then came Bartok’s 2nd Piano Concerto. It’s a piece touched by the machine-age aesthetic of the 1920s, and its rhythms can sound hard-driven. Rattle relaxed the tempos a touch, and mollified the onward rush with moments of flexibility. As well as being musically telling it was tactful to pianist Denis Kozhukhin, who was standing in for Lang Lang at short notice. He overcame nerves to give a terrific performance that revelled in the neo-classical wit of the piece, as well as its moon-struck mystery.”