Denis Kozhukhin 
Plays Mozart


Thursday, November 28, 2024
7:30 pm


Salle Pierre-Mercure
Centre Pierre-Péladeau

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Denis Kozhukhin 


Maxim Rysanov


Since winning first prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium, Denis Kozhukhin has performed with the world’s leading orchestras and made a name for himself as one of the outstanding pianists of his generation. Here he performs Mozart’s Concerto No. 18, with its extraordinary slow movement on a theme and variations in G minor. Maestro Rysanov, himself of Ukrainian origin, will conduct two works by his compatriot Valentin Silvestrov, as well as the second of his selected Mozart symphonies, the lively and forceful 33rd.

– Jean-François Rivest

V. Silvestrov

The Messenger for Piano and Strings
(10 minutes)

W.A. Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 18 in B-flat Major, K. 456
(29 minutes)

V. Silvestrov

Stille Musik (Silent Music)
(10 minutes)

W.A. Mozart

Symphony No. 33 in B-flat Major, K. 319 (20 minutes)

Denis Kozhukhin



Winner of the First Prize in the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, Belgian pianist Denis Kozhukhin has established himself as one of the greatest pianists of his generation.

He has appeared with many of the leading international orchestras, such as the Chicago, London and San Francisco Symphony orchestras, Israel, London and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Staatskapelle Berlin, Philadelphia Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra. He is also frequently invited to play at the prominent festivals of Verbier, Gstaad, Grafenegg, Dresden, Intonations, Tsinandali, Klavier Ruhr, Lanaudiere and Jerusalem, as well as the BBC Proms.

The past season has featured collaborations with a number of European orchestras, including the return at the BBC Proms with BBC Symphony, debuts with Danish National, Gulbenkian and Indianapolis Symphony orchestras, a tour with the HR-Sinfonieorchester, a residency with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra performing Rachmaninov’s four piano concertos, and concerts with the Oslo and Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, the NDR Radiophilharmonie (Hannover) and WDR Sinfonieorchester (Cologne). He has appeared in recital at the Chicago Symphony Hall, Boulez Saal, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Musikverein, Berlin Philharmonie, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Zurich Tonhalle and Bozar.

In 23/24 Kozhukhin will celebrate the anniversaries of Ligeti, Schönberg and Lutoslawski, performing their piano concertos. Highlights of the next season include the debuts with Dallas, Dusseldorf and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and the returns to NHK Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, National Symphony Orchestra (USA), Oslo and Copenhaghen Philharmonic Orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liege, Resident Orkester, Gulbenkian Orhcestra, Iceland Symphony, Barcelona Symphony and Queensland Symphony. He will perform solo recitals in Berlin, Barcelona, Prague, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Lisbon and San Francisco, and will tour with Janine Jansen appearing at Schloss-Elmau, Wigmore Hall, Zurich Tonhalle, Utrecht Musikgebouw and Megaron in Athens.

As Pentatone Artist he has released several albums, including César Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra under Gustavo Gimeno, Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words with Grieg’s Lyric Pieces (nominated for an Opus Klassik Award), and discs of Haydn, Brahms and Prokofiev, as well as concertos by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Ravel and Gershwin.

Kozhukhin studied at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid with Dmitri Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner, and later completed his studies at the Piano Academy at Lake Como where he received advice from Fou Ts’ong, Stanislav Ioudenitch, Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier, and with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart.

Maxim Rysanov



Grammy nominated Ukrainian-British violist and conductor Maxim Rysanov has established himself as one of the worldʼs most vibrant and charismatic musicians. As a violist, he is principally known as a frequent guest of the crème of the international music scene, such as BBC Last Night of the Proms and the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg and Verbier. Parallel to playing viola, Maxim enjoys a thriving career as a conductor, often combining conducting and directing as a soloist within one concert.

Maxim studied conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and has taken part in several masterclasses with Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Jorma Panula and Oleg Caetani. He studied viola with Maria Sitkovskaya in Moscow and John Glickman also at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama London.

His enthusiasm for new music generates many exciting collaborations which extend the viola repertoire. This includes world premieres by Dobrinka Tabakova, Pēteris Vasks, Richard Dubugnon and Valentin Bibik. Other composers with whom Maxim has developed a close working relationship include Benjamin Yusupov, Leonid Desyatnikov, Giya Kancheli, Artem Vassiliev and Elena Langer and most recently Gabriel Prokofiev.

Maxim is a recipient of various awards, including the Gramophone Young Artist of the Year Award and the BBC Radio 3 New Generation Award. He is also a prize-winner at the Geneva, Lionel Tertis and Valentino Bucchi competitions.

Julie Triquet plays on a Giuseppe Odoardi 1726 violin, generously loaned by Mr. David B. Sela.
Christian Prévost plays on a Rafelle and Antonio Gagliano violin, Naples (ca.18xx) and a Jean Joseph Martin bow (ca.1880), kindly lent by CANIMEX.
Amélie Benoit Bastien plays a Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, Paris, ca. 1845, number 1672, Stradivarius model and a Eugène Sartory bow, Paris, ca. 1935, courtesy of CANIMEX.
Annie Guénette plays on a Josef Gagliano 1768 violin and a Lamy bow, generously loaned by CANIMEX.
Tim Halliday plays the 2014 Kolia cello by Mira Gruszow and Gideon Baumblatt, generously on loan from Mr. David B. Sela.


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