“Nikolai Lugansky is clearly one of those chosen few. […]the Russian pianist possesses one of the most complete and remarkable keyboard arsenals of our day. He brought massive sonority and faultless technique to the concerto’s daunting demands, encompassing the stormy eruptions of the opening movement as well as the optimistic energy of the finale.”
Chicago Classical Review
“No matter how many times you have heard it; no matter which recordings you possess; no matter your favourites, Rachmaninov’s own performance included; nothing I have heard in any version of this awesome concerto could eclipse the astounding performance on Saturday from Lugansky. Lugansky found all the passion and strong poetry in the piece, tempered it with his own elegance of delivery…This was a performance in a million…”
The Herald Scotland
“Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist with everything impressively under his command. His dazzling technique is exceptionally secure, balanced and beautifully articulated. The direction and structure of his interpretations is judged to a nicety.”
“…a perfection of sonority and drive. The performance crackled with electricity and the audience leapt to is feet in one of those rare standing ovations.”
Palm Beach Daily News
Described by Gramophone as, “the most trailblazing and meteoric performer of all,” Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility.
He regularly works with top level conductors such as Osmo Vänskä, Yuri Temirkanov, Mikhail Pletnev, Gianandrea Noseda and Vladimir Jurowski. Concerto highlights for the 2018/19 season include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Russian National Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Iceland and Bamberg symphonies. A tour with Orchestre National de France takes him to China and then onto Taipei and Japan with St Petersburg Philharmonic.
A regular recitalist the world over, upcoming performances include the International Piano Series in London, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and a residency at Flagey in Brussels. He regularly appears at some of the world’s most distinguished festivals, including the Aspen, Tanglewood Ravinia and Verbier festivals. Chamber music collaborators include Vadim Repin, Alexander Kniazev, Mischa Maisky and Leonidas Kavakos.
Nikolai Lugansky has won a number of awards for his many recordings. His recital CD featuring Rachmaninov’s Piano Sonatas won the Diapason d’Or, whilst his recording of concertos by Grieg and Prokofiev with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin was a Gramophone Editor’s Choice. His earlier recordings have also won a number of awards. Lugansky has recently signed an exclusive contract with harmonia mundi and his most recent disc of Rachmaninov’s 24 Preludes, released in April 2018, met with enthusiastic reviews. He was described as having “an ability to enchant the ear… with a deep feeling for the music” (The Financial Times). His recording of solo piano music by Debussy will be released later this year.
Lugansky is Artistic Director of the Tambov Rachmaninov Festival and is also a supporter of, and regular performer at, the Rachmaninov Estate and Museum of Ivanovka.
Nikolai Lugansky studied at Moscow’s Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatoire where his teachers included Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Sergei Dorensky. He was awarded the honor of People’s Artist of Russia in April 2013.