July 6, 2023, B’nai Abraham Cultural Center
Sonata in d minor, Op. 31 No. 2 L. van Beethoven
I. Largo – Allegro
Selected Mazurkas and Polonaises F. Chopin
Vision Fugitives S. Prokofiev
Mikhail Voskresensky commands an international reputation as a pianist in the great Romantic tradition. He is prizewinner of four international piano competitions (Schumann in Berlin, in Rio de Janeiro, George Enescu in Bucharest, and the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Texas).
In 1957, as a young pianist, he took part in the Prague Spring Festival where he performed the European premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto with the composer himself in attendance. He is the only pianist in Russia to perform all of Chopin’s piano compositions during one concert season in 1982/83.
In 1966 he was honored with the Merited Artist of Russia award, and later, in 1989, the People’s Artist of Russia.
As an assistant of his legendary teacher, Lev Oborin, he worked with many of Oborin’s students and taught Vladimir Ashkenazy and Boris Berman among others. Since receiving his own studio in 1963 he has taught many concert pianists, including –
- Jakob Kasman, the 2ndprize of the Van Cliburn Competition;
- Stanislav Igolinsky, the 2ndprize of the Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition;
- Alexander Guindin, the 2nd prize of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and the 4th prize of the Tchaikovsky Competition;
- Temirzhan Erzhanov, the 1st prize of the Schumann Competition.
In all his students have received more than 120 International prizes and 61 gold medals.
As a distinguished professor at the Moscow Conservatory, Mr. Voskresensky served as the chair of the professorship of piano faculty. In addition, he is President of the Scriabin International Society and Guest Professor in the Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.
Although Mr. Voskresensky devotes much of his time to teaching and giving masterclasses in various countries, he considers his primary purpose to be performing. He has recorded more than 50 CDs, including a box set of all the Mozart Piano Concertos (2013) and a 5CD box (2015) containing all the Mozart Piano Sonatas.