Concert: Vassily Primakov, piano

February 15, 2017

When: Wednesday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Williams Hall (Oxford)

Danielle Dockery

Admission Cost: Free


School: Oxford College
Department/Organization: Oxford College
Building/Room: Williams Hall (Oxford)
Speaker/Presenter: Vassily Primakov
Cost: Free
Contact Name: Danielle Dockery
Contact Email:

In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance. Music Web-International called his Chopin concertos CD "one of the great Chopin recordings of recent times. These are performances of extraordinary power and beauty."

Primakov entered Moscow's Central Special Music School at the age of 11 and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School. He won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award and both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year, 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." In 2009, Primakov's Chopin Mazurkas recording was named "Best of the Year" by National Public Radio and that same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark. BBC Music Magazine (November, 2010) praised the first volume of Primakov's Mozart concertos.

Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Records that include works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, Philip Glass, Arlene Sierra and Poul Ruders.

In 2011, Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a new and vibrant record company, L.P. Classics, Inc. Their first release was Anton Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos. Most recently, they released Primakov's Live in Concert Album that includes works by Medtner, Schumann, Brahms' Handel Variations and Ravel's La Valse.  

In March 2012, Primakov became a Yamaha Artist.

This is an Oxford Studies event.