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Kolesnikov, Pavel (piano)
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Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

‘Pavel Kolesnikov is an engrossing musician. He is perhaps the most introspective and meditative pianist that I know of, and with his deep and delicate sensitivity to sound, he is able to bring out a sophisticated gradation of colours particularly in the quieter ranges of the instrument. He is a poet of the piano, rather than, say, a novelist or a storyteller.’ (Bachtrack, 2018)

Pavel Kolesnikov became winner of the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012, with resulting recital and festival appearances including Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, and Canada’s Ottawa Chamberfest and Banff Summer Arts Festival.

Pavel has performed with orchestras across Canada, Malta, Russia and Brazil, as well as with all the major UK orchestras. He has undertaken UK and European tours with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Flanders Symphony Orchestra. Pavel made his BBC Proms debut performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 2 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, conducted by Ilan Volkov. He also joined the BBC Proms at the inaugural event in Australia.

He has given London recitals at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the International Piano Series, and at Kings Place. He enjoys collaborating with other musicians such as Samson Tsoy and Narek Hakhnazaryan, and Lawrence Power, with whom he played the Brahms violin and viola sonatas, again at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Together with violinist Elina Buksha and cellist Aurélien Pascal he founded Trio Aventure in 2018. Pavel has given recitals in South Korea, Japan, Spain and Germany, and at the Festival de La Roque-d’Anthéron, the Musiq3 festival in Brussels, and the Aldeburgh Festival. He returns regularly to the Wigmore Hall in London.

London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years before concentrating solely on the piano. He studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergei Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher, and at Brussels’s Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires thanks to the generous support of Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation and Hattori Foundation. Pavel is the recipient of the Milstein Medal, is the RCM Benjamin Britten Piano Fellow, and was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists from 2014 to 2016.


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