BR134

MIKHAIL PETUKHOV

Mr. Petukhov’s first concert appearances at the age of 10 often included his own compositions. Futher studies at the Kiev Special Music School led to his winning the Leipzig 4th International Bach Piano Competition in 1972. Mikhail Petukhov graduated from the Moscow Conservatory in 1979, which largely shaped his development as both pianist and composer. It was here that he studied with the distinguished pianist Tatiana Nikolayeva and met such great masters as Dmitri Shostakovitch, Sviatoslav Richter and Emile Gilels.

After winning the 7th International Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels (1975), Petukhov received numerous invitations from Europe, Japan, and the U.S. However, the political situation in the Soviet Union at tht time prevented him from traveling internationally and for nearly thirteen years he was forbidden to accept engagements in the West. Only in 1988 did Petukhov’s talent resurface on the international scene, when the Italian press discovered the talented performer.

Petukhov is currently performing internationally in Europe, Asia, South America, and North America with such esteemed ensembles as the Berlin Philharmoni, Bolshoi Theatre, Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Forbidden Palace in Beijing, China, among many others. He is also teaching at the Moscow State Conservatory where his master classes are very much in demand throughout the world.

SVETLANA POTANINA

Russian pianist Svetlana Potanina began her musical studies when she was only 5 years old and gave her first concert at the tender age of 8. After graduating from the Central Music School for gifted children, she studied with Boris Zemlyansky at the Moscow State Conservatory.

Her first international musical recognition came when she participated at the Giovanni Battista Viotta musical competition in Italy. This led to an active concert career and a teaching position at the Moscow State Conservatory.

In 1978 Ms. Potanina was awarded a gold medal at the International Festival named after Katya Popova in Bulgaria and a medal for the development of the arts. As a concert artist she has toured in 42 countries and played in many of the most prestigious concert halls.

Ms. Potanina was awarded 2002 Best Creative Project and Best Pianist of the Year in an event sponsored by the publishing house of the advertising and informational magazine “Best of the Best” (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Department of the Russian Agency of Economic Safety and Risk Management, ROOSMS “For the Single World Community”).

“Svetlana Potanina (BR 131) theatrically conveys the thoughts of the composer and overcomes seemingly insurmountable musical complexities with an amazing lightness.”
A. Kandinsky, Doctor of Arts

“Svetlana Potanina...is a brightly-expressed lyricist...Her Chopin (BR125) is not the author of the little dance pieces, but a creator of the impressionistic images, of the thin and sometimes deeply concealed moods, of the expressive little scenes of everyday life...The new CD of Svetlana Potanina is a worthy addition to Chopin’s legacy, an addition valued very highly, like it deserves to be valued, by the worshipers of the art of piano performance.”
Leo Ginsburg, Meritorious Representative of the Arts, Russia

Other Svetlana Potanina Brioso CD's, BR136, BR140, BR141, BR144, and BR150

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