Mikhail Voskresenski returns!

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Fri. November 22, 7:30pm PST

Performing Arts Center 155 - Concert Hall

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We're pleased to announce the legendary Mikhail Voskresensky is returning to perform at Western again!

Voskresensky was a professor and the chair of the piano department at the Moscow Conservatory until he fled Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. He has since continued performing and teaching in the USA.

He has performed in more than 60 countries and recorded over 60 discs, featuring the works of Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Shostakovich. He is a recipient of the City of Moscow Prize (2011) and a Knight of Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun. Voskresensky’s students have been prize-winners on 130 occasions at international competitions, winning first prizes 57 times.

Mikhail Voskresensky will give a masterclass on Saturday, November 23rd. Free, open to all. Details to be announced.

"Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast" was a theme which ran through the recital of the maverick pianist, Mikhail Voskresensky...

Read about Voskresensky's story in this review by star-struck piano expert Aleksey Nikolsky on Voskresensky's double encore, standing ovation winning performance.

Looking upward at Mikhail Voskresensy as he turns from playing piano and smiles

About Mikhail Voskresensky

The last celebrated pianist representing the old Russian school in the XXth century, Mikhail Voskresensky “proved an imposing, magnetic presence” as noted by Los Angeles Times. He has given hundreds of recitals on stages of Salzburg Mozarteum, St. Petersburg Grand Philharmonic Hall, Prague Rudolfinum, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan Hall, Beijing Forbidden City Hall, Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes, Budapest Franz Liszt Academy, Rio de Janeiro Theatro Municipal, just to name a few. Mr. Voskresensky has soloed with some finest orchestras like Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchester, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Bolshoi Theater Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Hungarian Radio Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony and many others. He enjoyed performing with more than 100 conductors including extraordinary Franz Konwitschny, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Kurt Mazur, Kirill Kondrashin, Charles Dutoit, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, John Pritchard, Arvīds Jansons and Yury Temirkanov. The memorable moment of Mr. Voskresensky’s artistic life was a study with Dmitry Shostakovich on his Second Piano Concerto which received its European Premiere at the Prague Spring Festival in the presence of the composer. He also championed contemporary works dedicated to him by Edison Denisov and Yuri Butsko, and presented World Premieres of newly discovered Sonata E flat minor by Scriabin and Piano Concerto by Taneev. He distinguished himself with the feats like All Chopin in 9 recitals, All Beethoven’s Sonatas in 7 recitals, All 27 Mozart Concertos in 4 seasons and recordings, All Scriabin Sonatas in recordings. His other numerous discs were released by labels Melodia, Triton, Victor, Classical Records, Aquarius and Supraphon.

Mr. Voskresensky has graduated from Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and since his early successes at competitions including top prizes at the First Schumann International Competition and First Van Cliburn International Competition, he has reached the artistic heights and earned accolades like the title of National Artist of Russia, Order of the Rising Sun by The Emperor of Japan and Nikolai Rubinstein Gold Medal. Following the steps of his teacher Lev Oborin, he rose to become one of the most influential professors in the history of his alma mater. His preeminent teaching is in demand in many world’s major conservatories and universities. This success can be measured by the fact that his students have won 120 top prizes at world’s major international competitions.

Born in Berdiansk, Ukraine, Mr. Voskresensky protested the unjust war waged by Russia in 2022 and left the country. Upon the arrival in the USA he has seen an overwhelming support and interest in the media and the music community. The Atlantic welcomed him with the article and CNN featured him in Amanpour show. His recent and future engagements include concerts and masterclasses at Aspen, PianoTexas and Northern Lights Festivals, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Bard College, Georgia University, Rowan University, John Perry Academy of Music, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Currently Mr. Voskresensky is Artist-in-residence at the Juilliard School in New York.