Evgeny Izotov


Evgeny Izotov studied at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory, where he also took a postgraduate course. Also, he has completed postgraduate studies at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Evgeny Izotov won his first competitive Grand Prix at the age of 15. That was followed by successful performances at other competitions, including the Takasaki International Competition for High Schools (Japan, 1st Prize and Special Prize), the International Competition  of  the  Piano  Academy  founded  by  Theo  Lieven  Foundation  (Como, Italy, 1st Prize), the George Enescu International Competition (Bucharest, Romania, 2nd Prize), and by the highest awards at competitions in Sernancelhe (Portugal) and Le Mée-sur-Seine (France).

The pianist is actively involved in tours over Russia, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Brazil; he performs in the best halls of St Petersburg, in Wigmore Hall (London), Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), City Hall (Hong Kong), Le Corum (Montpellier), Salle Cortot and Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), Schloss Nymphenburg (Munich), Casals Hall (Tokyo), Busan Cultural Center (South Korea), etc.

Evgeny Izotov has taken part in numerous music festivals, including those in Lucerne, Harrogate (England), the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Festival in Bolzano (Italy), the Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), the Festival de Radio France et de Montpellier (France), the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival (Finland).

He has appeared with such prominent orchestras as the St Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, the St Petersburg State Academic Capella Orchestra, the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic, the Curitiba Festival Orchestra (Brazil), and the Busan Philharmonic Orchestra (South Korea). He has performed under such conductors as Michail Jurowski, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Hubert Soudant, Moshe Atzmon, Avi Ostrowsky, Dorian Wilson, Robert Treviño, Alexander Anisimov, Carlo Palecci, Emil Simon.

For many years, Evgeny Izotov has been closely cooperating with the Chopin Society of St Petersburg. He was invited to Chopin Piano Festivals, Days of Polish Culture in Karelia (2005, 2008). In 2008, he recorded a CD with Chopin’s Preludes; the release of the disc was timed to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

In September 2013, the pianist gave a solo concert at the G20 summit in St Petersburg.

In his performing activities, the pianist pays great attention to chamber music. As part of Piter’s Trio with Vladislav Pesin (violin) and Taras Trepel (cello), he has repeatedly won prizes at international chamber music competitions. He also works with Sergei Dogadin (violin), Andrey Baranov (violin), Leonid Gorokhov (cello), Dmitry Eremin (cello), the Atrium String Quartet, and the Szymanowski Quartet. Currently, he performs a lot in a duet with Valeriy Sokolov (violin).

Evgeny Izotov successfully combines his intensive concert activity with teaching. He is an Associate Professor of the Special Piano Department at the N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory. Since 2008, he has also been a Guest Professor of Piano at the Silla University in Busan (South Korea).

Evgeny Izotov’s concerts have been broadcast on Mezzo and MBC TV channels in South Korea, on Radio France, BBC Radio and Radio Rossii St Petersburg.

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