“As ever, it was an absolute joy to play on a C. Bechstein grand piano.”
Denys Proshayev, born in Brest (Belarus) in 1978, is one of the most outstanding pianists and conductors of his generation. Proshayev initially studied in Kiev and subsequently in Hanover under Vladimir Krainev. He was awarded first prize at the 2002 ARD Music Competition and performed at the Berlin Philharmonic Hall at Bechstein’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2003. His career as a performer includes concerts with major orchestras (DR SymfoniOrkestret, WDR Orchester Köln, MDR Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Kremerata Baltica, Orchestre philharmonique de Monte Carlo, St. Petersburg Symphonic Orchestra) with such outstanding conductors as Gerd Albrecht, Daniel Inbal, Emanuel Krivine, Michael Sanderling and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski.
Proshayev also performed in various TV and radio studios (NDR, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio Suisse Romande) and at renowned concert venues such as Herkulessaal (Munich), Mozarteum (Salzburg), Konzerthaus (Berlin and Dortmund), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Festspielhaus (Baden-Baden), Alte Oper (Frankfurt) and the Philharmonic Halls in Cologne, Kiev, Warsaw and St. Petersburg.
His debut CD featuring works by Rameau (Sony BMG, 2006) was highly acclaimed by the critics. Moreover, he opened the Bechstein Piano Recitals in 2009 with a concert at Duisburg’s Mercatorhalle.
Denys Proshayev increasingly performs as a conductor and was appointed “first guest conductor” of Lviv’s Philharmonic Orchestra from the 2010/2011 season onwards. He has also been teaching piano at Weimar’s Franz Liszt Conservatory since 2008.
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