London-based Pavel Kolesnikov was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. He has studied at Moscow State Conservatory with Sergey Dorensky, at London’s Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher and at Brussels’ Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel with Maria João Pires. Throughout his studies Pavel has been generously supported by Mr Christopher D Budden, the RCM Scholarship Foundation, Hattori Foundation and Mr Alex Sekler. He is the recipient of the Milstein Medal and is the Benjamin Britten Foundation Fellow for 2015-2016 continuing his studies at RCM on the Artist Diploma course. Pavel is also a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists for 2014 to 2016.
Following his Wigmore Hall debut in January 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it “one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed in a while.” Since becoming Prize Laureate of the Honens Prize for Piano in 2012, Pavel has performed around the world. Significant recital and festival appearances resulting from the Honens Prize include Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Louvre (Paris), Vancouver Recital Society, La Jolla Music Society, Spoleto Festival USA, Canada’s Ottawa ChamberFest and Banff Summer Festival. Recent and upcoming orchestral appearances include Russia’s National Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica Brasileira and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
A live recording of his prize-winning performances was released on the Honens label in March 2013, about which the BBC Music Magazine wrote “tremendous clarity, unfailing musicality and considerable beauty”. His debut studio recording was released on the Hyperion label to critical acclaim, with The Sunday Times described his playing on this all-Tchaikovsky disc as having “affection and élan”. Hyperion released his current disc of the Chopin Mazurkas at the beginning of September 2016.
During 2016 he continued to give concerts in Canada, performing with the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Philharmonic, and made his debut with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in a studio performance of Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. Pavel made his BBC Proms debut during the summer of 2016 performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto no. 2 with the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland conducted by Ilan Volkov. He will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1st and 2nd Piano Concertos in a UK tour with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, returns to perform with the BBC Philharmonic, and makes his debut with the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera. Abroad, he will perform with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Pavel will return to the Wigmore Hall in May 2017, and will also give a series of recitals at LSO St Luke’s in London throughout 2016 and 2017.
March 22, 2017 with Elina Buksha in the Vereeniging at Nijmegen (Chamber music series):
- Franz Schubert: Sonatine D. 385, a minor
- Reynaldo Hahn: Sonate C major
- Johannes Brahms: Sonate no. 2 opus 100, A major
- Robert Schumann: Sonate no. 1 opus 105, a minor