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Nikolaï Demidenko
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Nikolaï Demidenko

Biography

At six years of age Demidenko went to the Gnessin School of Music where he studied with Anna Kantor, following this by studies at the Moscow Conservatory with Dmitri Bashkirov. He was a finalist at the 1976 Montreal and 1978 Tchaikovsky Competitions. His British debut was made in 1985 with the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra. Demidenko has been resident in the United Kingdom since 1990, obtaining a teaching contract at the Menuhin School of Music in the year of his arrival and also becoming a visiting professor at the University of Surrey. He has worked with many of the major orchestras of the world including the London Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the St Petersburg Philharmonic with conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Temirkanov and Sir Andrew Davis. Demidenko has played in Australia and New Zealand, Canada, the Far East and Europe and made his New York debut at the Frick Collection in 2001. He did, however, appear in New York in 1986, playing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the celebration of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty. This occasion, when he was joined by Tomita and his synthesized Plasma Symphony Orchestra, was recorded by RCA Victor. He also appears annually at the Herkulessaal in Munich. At London's Wigmore Hall Demidenko gave a series of six Piano Masterworks programmes in 1993, a Chopin series in 1996 and a three-part series in 1997 entitled A Romantic Voyage. Among his other London engagements have been three recitals in the Harrods International Piano Series at the Royal Festival Hall, and two appearances in the Barbican Hall in 1999.

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