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Temirzhan Yerzhanov


"The pianism was unfailingly brilliant”, reads a UK's oldest classical music magazine Musical Opinion review on Temirzhan Yerzhanov’s recent debut at the Wigmore Hall. Praised for “the beauty of (his) piano tone, not voluptuous, never cloying, yet luminous and firm”, he started his career by winning the First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIth International Robert Schumann Piano Competition 1993 in Zwickau, Germany, one of the most respected in the world. The first pianist from the unknown Kazakhstan on an international stage, Mr.Yerzhanov since then has become well known not only in his home country but also has toured in Germany, Russia, UK, France, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, USA, China and India.

Pianist Temirzhan Yerzhanov appeared as a soloist with many orchestras world-wide and his recent and upcoming engagements include a debut recital at the Wigmore Hall in May 2009, recitals in Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Moscow Conservatory's Grand and Small Halls, Salle Pleyel, Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and New York's Merkin Halls.

Mr. Yerzhanov has been featured on broadcasts on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Russian State Television Culture Channel, Capital Radio Sacramento, KCBX Public Radio, Kazakh State Television and Radio, Russia's Radio Orpheus, Radio Russia. Deutsche Radio Berlin and Hong Kong State Radio have made his studio recordings and presented him in live broadcasts and talk shows. He garnered many praises for his first solo CD album of Schumann's works released by RCD label.

A diverse musician, Temirzhan Yerzhanov tirelessly premieres new works almost in every concert. His New York debut at the Merkin Hall was marked by the World premiere of Almas Serkebaev's Concerto No3 and his San Francisco debut recital included US premiere of Igor Khudoley's Boris Godunov Suite, a work both virtuosic and profound. Temirzhan Yerzhanov's recital in 2003 Almaty, Kazakhstan called “Prokofiev. Almaty. 1942-1943’’ was initiated and performed by him to commemorate a less known period in Prokofiev's life during WWII when he spent almost a year in Kazakhstan and it was a time when he created several of his masterpieces such as soundtrack music for Sergey Eisenstein's movie Ivan The Terrible, Cinderella ballet, the Sonata for Flute and Piano, several piano transcriptions and he completed score for the opera War and Peace.

Temirzhan Yerzhanov had established himself as a collaborative artist and ensemble musician. Russia's leading music magazine Muzykalnaya Zhizn lauded his special interest in vocal music: "Only a few pianists are capable of being "at one" with singer, to be a creator and an artist. He has given numerous concerts, performing with well-known artists such as male alto Erik Kurmangaliev, clarinetist Michael Collins, soprano Elena Kelessidi, and violinist Marat Bisengaliev.

After graduating from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory he felt extraordinarily honored when in 1997 his professor Mikhail Voskressensky invited him to become his Assistant. Having held his teaching position at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory for four years, he moved to the USA in 2002 to develop his career in a new direction. Gaining an immediate respect as an exceptional pianist there in January 2008 San Francisco Classical Voice announced Mr. Yerzhanov the only instrumental soloist and the Best Performer of 2007 along with San Francisco Opera and soprano Angela Gheorghiu, Mark Morris Dance Group, Artemis Quartet, Medieval Trio and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra”.

Con Brio Recordings label recently released a new CD featuring Prokofiev's Cinderella-Suites and World premiere of Classical Symphony.

He currently resides in London.