Eldar Nebolsin (piano) , Spain
Eldar Nebolsin, piano, was awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the 1st edition of the International Piano Competition in Moscow in 2005 where he was also honored with the special Award for the best Mozart Concerto performance. He commenced his early international career following his triumph at the 11th Santander International Piano Competition in 1992 where he won, in addition to the Grand Prix, the award for the best performance of a Mozart concerto.
A former student of renowned Russian pianist Dmitri Bashkirov, Eldar currently records for the Naxos label. His debut album, Rachmaninov's Preludes op 23 and 32 earned the Classicstoday.com praise «close to stunning ... Nebolsin's is a truly exceptional excursion into the music of Rachmaninov», while his second album released the following year, Liszt Piano Concertos No 1 and 2 and Totentanz with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Vassily Petrenko, earned top place on Naxos' Bestseller's Digital Platform and these words from American Record Guide: «Clearly he has this music in his fingers...There is sheer pyrotechnic display on offer here that rivals the best on my shelf... He commands a formidable dynamic range; yet he knows when to caress the keys... (he) may well be the Richter of his generation».
His next albums, Chopin's works for piano and orchestra with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Antoni Wit, and Ernst von Dohnanyi´s Variations of Nursery Theme, with Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Jo-Ann Falletta were released by Naxos in the Spring of 2010, and he continued this collaboration with a solo album of works by Schubert. Earlier recordings include two albums for Decca - a solo works by Chopin and Liszt, and Chopin's Piano Concerto with the Deutsches Symphony Orchester Berlin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Eldar's international performances have taken him to the stages of some of the most famous orchestras of the world - New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra of Spanish Radio and Television, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with outstanding conductors such as Ricardo Chailly, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Yakov Kreizberg, Vasili Petrenko, Nikolaj Alexeev, Vladimir Spivakov, Lawrence Foster, Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernhard Klee, amongst others.
Some of his most recent engagements are Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Mannheim National Theatre Orchestra and Ivan Fischer, with the Statskapelle Halle and Michail Jurowski, and with Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife and Pablo Gonzales; Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Pagannini with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Nikolaj Alexeev and his Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Vassily Petrenko and Alexander Shelley; Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 with Orquesta de Comunidad de Madrid and Helmut Rilling; Beethoven's Violin Concerto (piano version) with the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Jun Markl at the Berlin Konzerthaus and in Leipzig; Listz's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville and Pedro Halffter on tour throughout Spain; Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Alexander Polyanichko; and Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Nikolae Moldoveanu.
In addition to his solo piano career, Eldar collobarates with some of the world's most renowned chamber musicians such as Julian Rachlin, Alexey Ogrintchouk, Katrin Scholz or Gustav Rivinius. Forthcoming chamber music events include performances with the Leipziger Streichquartett, Maxym Rysanov and several concerts with his own piano trio, Denis Goldfeld, violin and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt, cello.
During 2009-2010 season Eldar enjoyed the honor of being Artist in Residence for Music Sacrum in Arnhem after his successful debut with Gelders Orkest and Nikolj Alexeev in 2008. In June he performed at the Risor Festival playing chamber music with Truls Mork, cello, Lisa Batiashvili, violin and Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.
He holds a place on the faculty of the International Institute of Chamber Music in Madrid teaching alongside Ralf Gothoni, Menahem Pressler and Bruno Canino.