Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by the Daily Telegraph (UK) as “potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century.” In the midst of a seven year (and fourteen album) collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. The International Record Review stated that Sudbin’s Rachmaninoff recording “confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time.” His release of works by Scriabin was chosen CD of the Year by London’s Daily Telegraph, CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, and was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award for best solo instrument CD at Cannes. Sudbin has performed in many of the world’s finest venues, both in recital and with orchestra. His performance of Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 1 at the BBC Proms was described by the Daily Telegraph as “sublime”.
His 2013-14 season began with recitals at the Singapore Piano Festival and his annual appearance in Wigmore Hall, followed by two appearances at the Verbier Festival: in recital and in a performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor Concerto” with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Recitals throughout the U.K. followed, also a Paris duo-recital with cellist Alexander Chaushian. He performed and recorded for BIS Scriabin’s Piano Concerto and Medtner’s Piano Concerto No. 3, with the Bergen Philharmonic, under Andrew Litton, and played the Rachmaninov-Paganini Variations with both the BBC Symphony, under Thierry Fischer, and the Lucerne Symphony, under Slobodeniouk. He returned to the US for recitals in the Folly Theatre in Kansas City, the Tuesday Evening Concert Series in Cabell Hall at University of Virginia, in the American Theatre in Hampton, VA and in Hodson Hall with the Johns Hopkins Shriver Series in Baltimore. Sudbin was awarded the 2013 Critics’ Circle Award for Exceptional Young Talent in the instrumental category, intended to recognize both achievement and promise in musicians under age 35.
In 2012-13 Yevgeny Sudbin opened the Utah Symphony season playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 under Thierry Fischer. He played the same work with Maestro Fischer and the Nagoya Symphony in Japan, followed by recitals in Nagoya and Tokyo. Other U.S. engagements included his Atlanta Symphony debut performing Tchaikovsky’s concerto; recitals in New York’s Town Hall, under the auspices of the venerable People’s Symphony Concerts; with Portland (OR) Piano International series; and in Santa Cruz, CA. He made his first appearances in Australia performing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Adelaide Symphony, and in New Zealand, under conductor Mark Wigglesworth. European engagements included recitals in Milan, Berlin, and London’s Wigmore Hall, and concerti with the European Union Orchestra, London Philharmonia, Budapest Philharmonic and Belgium Philharmonie.
On the BIS label he has released an all-Chopin recording, Rachmaninoff-Paganini Variations, and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1, all with the Singapore Symphony. In 2008-09, Sudbin embarked on recording the complete cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä, the first of which, Concertos No. 4 and No. 5, received consistently rave reviews; Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, coupled with Mozart’s concerto No. 24, recorded with the Minnesota Orchestra, was recently released. He has also recorded Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 4, in its original 1926 version, with the North Carolina Symphony under Grant Llewellyn; the work is paired with Medtner’s Concerto No. 2, recorded with the same orchestra. Scriabin’s Piano Concerto and Medtner’s Concerto No. 3 will be performed and recorded with Andrew Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic in fall of 2013. He has previously recorded works of Haydn, Scarlatti, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff for BIS, all of which have met with great acclaim.
Sudbin has appeared with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras such as London Philharmonic under Neeme Jarvi; London Philharmonia under Tugan Sokhiev, the symphony orchestras of Seattle, San Francisco, North Carolina, New Jersey, Indianapolis and Vancouver. In Europe he has played with the Warsaw Philharmonic, BBC Scottish, and Tampere Philharmonic in Finland, among others.
He has given recitals in Atlanta’s Spivey Hall, Seattle’s Meany Hall, San Francisco Performances, at the Metropolitan Museum, for the Gilmore and Singapore International Piano Series, in Montreal, Vancouver, and in venues such as Hamburg’s Musikhalle, Zurich’s Tonhalle, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Salle Gaveau, and Milan’s Sala Verdi; also in London’s South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall, where he performs annually, and in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taiwan and Singapore.
Sudbin has performed at music festivals throughout the world including Aspen, Mostly Mozart Festival in New York’s Lincoln Center (playing Beethoven’s No. 4) and Grand Teton Music Festival (playing Rachmaninoff’s No. 1), both under Osmo Vänskä. He is a frequent participant at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many other musicians including Alexander Chaushian, Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn, and Julia Fischer.
Born in St Petersburg in 1980, Yevgeny Sudbin displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age and in 1987 entered the Specialist Music School of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1990 he continued his studies in Berlin and in 1997 he moved to London to study with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. Additionally, he attended the International Piano Foundation at Lake Como, Italy. He has taken lessons with Murray Perahia, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Stephen Hough, Alexander Satz, and others. The Pulvermacher Foundation, Alexis Gregory Foundation, and Wall Trust have also played important roles in Sudbin’s career. He makes his home in London with his wife and two young children.
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