Evgeni Koroliov


Evgeni Koroliov
photo: Stephan Wallocha

Evgeni Koroliov, born in Moscow in 1949, is known to have an extraordinary presence in the international piano scene. Far from displaying any kind of showmanship, Koroliov fascinates his public through deep intellectual understanding of the works he performs and in whose service he puts thewide range of his artistic and interpretatory abilities.
Koroliov studied piano at the renowned Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Among his teachers were Heinrich Neuhaus, Maria Judina, Lew Oborin and Lew Naumow. He won the Grand Prix Clara Haskil (Vevey, 1977) as well as several other prizes: International Bach Competition (Leipzig, 1968), Van Cliburn Competition (Fort Worth, 1973) and International Bach Piano Competition (Toronto, 1985).
He resides in Hamburg since 1978 and has worked as a Professor at the Hamburg University of Music and Theatre until 2015.
His wide repertoire ranges from Baroque through Viennese Classic and Impressionism up to Ligeti and Kurtág, also having a special affinity to Bach.
Evgeni Koroliov has performed at many internationally renowned venues, including: Konzerthaus Berlin, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Herkulessaal Munich, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Konzerthaus Vienna, Conservatorio Verdi Milan, Teatro Olimpico Rome, Budapest Liszt Academy, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon, Palais des Beaux Arts Brussels, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris.
He has given guest perfomances at festivals such as Montreux and Salzburg, the International Bach Academy Stuttgart, Rheingau and Schleswig-Holstein, at the Chopin Festival Warsaw, Bachfest Montréal, Settembre Musica Turin and the Festival La Roque dAnthéron.
Together with Helmuth Rilling and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart he toured Germany performing piano concerts by Bach and he played Mozart concertos under Valery Gergiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky-Theatre in St. Petersburg. He has repeatedly performed with Gidon Kremers Kremerata Baltica and András Keller’s Concerto Budapest.
In the Piano Cycle of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Evgeni Koroliov was acclaimed for his rendition of Bachs "The Art of Fugue" in 2014.
In 2020/21 he did play the cycle of all Beethoven piano sonatas at the Beethoven House in Bonn.
Being a passionate chamber musician, Koroliov has played with colleagues such as Natalia Gutman and Mischa Maisky, the Keller Quartet and the Prazák Quartet.
He performs regularly with his wife, pianist Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva, forming the Duo Koroliov.
Evgeni Koroliov has recorded for TACET, Hänssler Classic, Profil and the label of the Hessischer Rundfunk. His performance of the "Goldberg Variations"at the Bachfest Leipzig 2008 was published by EuroArts on DVD. Koroliov has received many awards for his recordings, including the German Record Critics Award for a CD with solo and duo works by Bach together with Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva, and the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) Solo Prize for his latest Schubert CD.
Together with his wife, with Anna Vinnitskaya and Kammerakademie Potsdam he recorded concertos by J.S.Bach for one, two and three pianos (Alpha Classics).


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