Vassily Primakov, prizewinner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition, has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance who’s “playing is of exceptional quality: refined, multi-coloured, elegant of phrase and immaculately balanced” and proclaimed “a Mozartian…fit to stand as a role model to a new generation” (BBC Music Magazine). With an especial affinity for the music of Chopin, it has been said that “Primakov’s empathy with Chopin’s spirit could hardly be more complete,” (Gramophone) and “in Chopin, no one currently playing sounds as good as this!” (American Record Guide).
After beginning his piano studies with his mother, Marina Primakova, Vassily entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard he won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and later, aided by the Susan W. Rose Career Grant, won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. That same year, Mr. Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s “Young Artist of the Year”, and in 2009, his recording of Chopin Mazurkas was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio (NPR).
Vassily Primakov has released numerous albums for Bridge Records and in 2011, along with his piano duo partner, Natalia Lavrova, established a new and vibrant record company titled LP Classics. Most recently, they released Primakov’s Live in Concert album that includes works by Medtner, Schumann, Brahms and Ravel, as well as a Two-Disc Chopin album including 3 Sonatas, 4 Ballades, and 4 Scherzos.
Vassily Primakov is a Yamaha Artist.