Chicago Classical Review
“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.”
The Herald Scotland
“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…”
“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.”
Palm Beach Daily News
“…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.”
The Aspen Times
“Lugansky’s magic Tuesday leavened his muscular power by never letting the music get heavy, with a touch that avoided tipping his astonishing technical mastery over into brittleness.“
Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist who combines elegance and grace with powerful virtuosity, a true incarnation of the Russian tradition on the international classical stage. Recognised as a master of Russian and late romantic repertoire, Lugansky is renowned for his interpretations of Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin and Debussy. He has received numerous awards for recordings and artistic merit.
He regularly works with top level conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Mikhail Pletnev, Gianandrea Noseda and Vladimir Jurowski. Concerto highlights for the 2019/20 season include performances with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra in London, National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C., Luzerner Sinfonieorchester, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
A regular recitalist the world over, during this season Lugansky appears at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Moscow’s Zaryadye, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and Calouste Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon. Lugansky also performs a series of American recitals, including a performance in Chicago, and gives recitals in Florence and Rome as well as numerous performances in Russia. Lugansky regularly performs at the La Roque-d’Anthéron Festival in France, with the last season marking the 23rd consecutive year of appearance.
In June 2019 Nikolai Lugansky received the Russian Federation National Award in Literature and Art, for his contribution to the development and advancement of Russian and international classical music culture over the past 20 years. Lugansky was awarded the honour of People’s Artist of Russia in April 2013, which is the highest honorary title for outstanding achievement in the arts.
In addition to performing, Lugansky has been a professor at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory since 1998. He is also the Artistic Director of the Tambov Rachmaninov Festival and is a supporter of, and regular performer at, the Rachmaninov Estate and Museum of Ivanovka.
Described by Gramophone as “the most trailblazing and meteoric performer of all” Nikolai Lugansky is a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. 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 several 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. Lugansky has an exclusive contract with harmonia mundi and his 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 was released in the 2018 anniversary year.