Jun 112013

Four years ago I listened to the Van Cliburn competition online, and wrote a post about Haochen Zhang, the young Chinese pianist who eventually shared the gold medal. In this year’s Van Cliburn my favorite pianist was the 20 year-old Russian Nikolay Khozyainov. He is an exceptional musician. As with Zhang,  there is a kind of transparency to his playing. Here is his first recital — with an amazing Gaspard — from the preliminary round:

Hayden Sonata in D Major, Hob. XVI:33
Chopin, Étude in C Major, op. 10, no. 1
Liszt, Transcendental Étude No. 5: Feux follets
Scriabin, Étude in C-sharp Minor, op. 42, no. 5
Ravel, Gaspard de la nuit


Khozyainov’s semi­final perfor­mances received strong reviews from Gregory Issacs, the TheaterJones critic. Here he is with the Brentano Quartet in the Schumann Piano Quintet:

This year there were many wonderful young pianists at the Van Cliburn; their performances, except for a few of the final concertos, are archived here. In particular, Vadym Khodolenko, Beatrice Rana, and Sean Chen clearly earned the recognition they received. But I would like to have heard more of Nikolay Khozyainov.


  One Response to “Nikolay Khozyainov”

  1. Hi, I am a long time fan of Nikolay. I have been to his recitals and concerts a few times, and the poetry, beauty and sometimes turbulent darkness in his music always draws me back to listen to him again. Here is his unofficial fan club on the FB. I and many fans update his concert schedule frequently: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fans-of-Nicolay-Khozyainov/143946968985621

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