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.

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