Nikolai Lugansky

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Nikolai Lugansky in 2012

Nikolai Lugansky (Russian: Никола́й Льво́вич Луга́нский; born 26 April 1972) is a Russian pianist from Moscow. At the age of five, before he had even started to learn the piano, he learned a Beethoven piano sonata completely by ear and performed it from memory.[1] He studied piano at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory. His teachers included Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Sergei Dorensky.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Lugansky won prizes at numerous piano competitions. At the same time he began to make recordings on the Melodiya (USSR) and Vanguard Classics (Netherlands) labels. His performance at the Winners' Gala Concert of the 10th International Tchaikovsky Competition was recorded and released on the Pioneer Classics label, on both CD and video laser disc formats. This was followed by more recordings for Japanese labels. He went on to make recordings for Warner Classics, Pentatone, Onyx Classics and Deutsche Grammophon. He currently records for Naïve Classics.

Lugansky has performed together with Vadim Repin, Alexander Kniazev, Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Rudenko, Mischa Maisky and Leonidas Kavakos, among others.

In addition, Lugansky has collaborated with conductors such as Riccardo Chailly, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Neeme Järvi, Kurt Masur, Mikhail Pletnev, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yuri Simonov, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Spivakov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Yuri Temirkanov and Edo de Waart.

In addition to performing and recording, Lugansky teaches at the Moscow Conservatory.


Competition prizes
Other awards
  • Ernest Neizvestny Private Charity Fund Award (1994)
  • International Terence Judd Award (1995)
  • Diapason d'Or (2000, 2001 and 2002)
  • Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (2003)
  • Named "Honoured Citizen of Ivanovka[disambiguation needed]" in Tambov, Russia (2004)
  • Named "Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation" (2005)
  • Echo Klassik Award (2005)
  • Echo Klassik Award (2007)
  • BBC Music Magazine Award (2011)
  • Echo Klassik Award (2013)
  • People’s Artist of Russia (2013)



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