Nikolai Demidenko website
  • 1 “ Nikolai Demidenko’s account of the Con­certo in E minor is search­ing and expan­sive, livening up with dan­cing light­ness in the krakowiak-infused finale. ”

    BBC Music Magazine


  • 2 “ There was more to this performance than barn­stor­ming bravura. He made this vast, hour­long piece a study in musical contrasts, and revealed the asto­nishing fecun­dity of Beetho­ven's ima­gina­tion… ”

    The Guardian

  • 3 “Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto demands high-voltage virtuosity, which it got from the Russian-born Nikolai Demi­denko. From the haunting opening bars – darkly poised and pulsa­ting – Demi­denko put the Con­certo's range of tone ahead of any super­ficial pia­nistic fire­works. ”

    The Independent

  • 4 “…he is informed by Chopin’s contemporary practice and resources and he adapts the modern instrument to reveal an internal world of subtle introspection and dazzling virtuosity with captivating precision. ”

    Belfast Telegraph

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Welcome to my site !

Here you can find the relevant information about my profes­sional activities, as well as some articles, reviews and some related media. The com­plete list of my recor­dings as well as a con­certo reper­toire will give you an infor­mation you are loo­king for, pos­sibly answe­ring the ques­tions you might have.

For further profes­sional infor­mation you can con­tact my mana­ger Peter Railton at the International Classical Artists – his details are on the Contacts page. If you’ve got any questions to me please send a message through the contact form on this page.

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Latest recordings

CHOPIN

Piano Concerto Op.11 E minor
Mazurka A minor Op.17 No.4
by Nikolai Demidenko

Piano Concerto Op.21 F minor
Etude in C minor Op.10 No.12
Waltz in E minor Op.Posth
by Evgeny Kissin

To mark the bicentenary of Chopins birth, two piano concertos were performed and filmed on 27 February in Warsaws Philharmonic Hall. Nikolai Demidenko performed the E minor Concerto op. 11, while Evgeny Kissin played the F minor Concerto op. 21, both accompanied by the Warsaw Philharmonic under the direction of Antoni Wit.

Available on DVD & Blue-ray.

CHOPIN

24 Préludes op.28
Sonata No.3 in B minor, op.58

Released on Onyx Classics,
January 2009

This recording has won special Chopin award at the MIDEM Classical Music Awards given in co-operation with the National Chopin Institute Warsaw in January 2010.

Available on CD

The Real Chopin series

Rondo in c minor, Op. 1
Rondo in E flat major, Op. 16
Berceuse, Op. 57
Variations Op. 2

The recording was made in the Witold Lutosławski Polish Radio Concert Studio in Warsaw on 15th-17th December 2008 using historical instrument from Chopin's, Pleyel (Paris, 1848).

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Selected reviews

Sylviane Falcinelli, Saturday 16 June 2012
Le Festival Chopin, Bagatelle

“The Chopin Festival at the Bagatelle opened with one of those concerts that etches itself on the memory (16 June 2012). A prince of the piano came to the (too) little Orangery: since his youth (he was born on 1 July 1955) Nikolai Demidenko stands on his own in the prestigious Russian school. With each maturely considered musical rendering his playing exploits the lessons of fresh experience, such as new repertoire or the resolution of a technical issue of instrumentation. Whether he is focusing on little-known works of the 18th century or on contemporary music, there is no supposedly minor piece that does not reveal, under his fingers, an unsuspected spark of genius...”

Read the original review (In French) or it's translation on "Press" page.

The Independent, Tuesday 24 January 2012 by Michael Church
Nikolai Demidenko, Wigmore Hall

“Schubertiads were what Franz Schubert’s friends called the soirees at which he played his works on the piano, and by all accounts they were joyous occasions.

The Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko invited us to a Schubertiad of his own. This consisted of works culled from the composer’s last year, when, knowing how cruelly his days were numbered, he was beset by headaches and fits of giddiness: this Schubertiad was necessarily a grave affair.

Demidenko’s showed in the first bars of the first Impromptu of the D899 group how big a canvas he proposed to work on: the bare opening chord was like a melancholy call to attention, with the answering phrase like a faint cry in the distance. His tone had a singing warmth, and his pace was gentle: the long sustained lines and the shifts between minor and major were brought out with ballade-like grace. The runs and scales of the second piece were so pearlised and swift that they went like the wind; the third – the rippling one everybody knows, even if they don’t know it’s by Schubert – and the arpeggiated fourth came and went in an exquisite blur. These are not virtuoso pieces, but they benefited enormously from Demidenko’s discreet virtuosity...”


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