Visiting Professor of Piano
‘Yevgeny Sudbin is already hailed as potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century’ – The Daily Telegraph
In the midst of a seven-year and fourteen-album collaboration with BIS Records, his recordings have met with overwhelming critical acclaim. The International Record Review stated that Sudbin’s Rachmaninov recording ‘confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time’. His release of works by Scriabin was chosen CD of the Year by The Daily Telegraph, CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine, and was awarded the MIDEM Classical Award for best solo instrument CD at Cannes. Sudbin has performed in many of the world's finest venues, both in recital and with orchestra.
In 2009-10, Sudbin's many recitals include appearances at Tonhalle (Zurich), Wigmore Hall Master Series (London), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), San Francisco Performances, the Gilmore International Piano Festival, and ProArte Musical (San Juan, Puerto Rico). Orchestral engagements include performances of Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F Sharp Minor with the London Philharmonic under Neeme Järvi and Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia under Sokhiev, both at the Royal Festival Hall in London. He has also performed and recorded Beethoven’s Fifth Concerto with Minnesota Orchestra.
Sudbin has appeared with many of the world’s most distinguished orchestras. Recent North American engagements include performances with the Minnesota Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and North Carolina Symphony. In Europe, he has appeared with the Warsaw Philharmonic and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Sudbin’s performance of Rachmaninov’s First Concerto at the 2008 BBC Proms was described by the Daily Telegraph as ‘sublime’.
Recent recitals include appearances at Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Seattle's Meany Hall, the Harriman-Jewell Series in Kansas City, the Piano Forte Series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Aspen Music Festival. He has played at venues such as the Musikhalle in Hamburg, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the Schauspielhaus in Berlin, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Sala Verdi in Milan, as well as London's South Bank Centre and Wigmore Hall, where he performs annually. Sudbin has performed at music festivals throughout the world, and is a frequent participant at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland. Recitals in 2010 will include the International Paino Series at London’s Southbank, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many other musicians including Alexander Chaushian, Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn, and Julia Fischer.
Born in St Petersburg in 1980, Yevgeny Sudbin displayed exceptional musical talents from an early age and in 1987 entered the Specialist Music School of the St Petersburg Conservatory. In 1990 he continued his studies in Berlin and then moved to London where he has lived since 1997, and where he studied with Christopher Elton at the Royal Academy of Music. He also attended the International Piano Foundation at Lake Como and has taken lessons with Murray Perahia, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Stephen Hough, the late Alexander Satz and others. The Pulvermacher Foundation, Alexis Gregory Foundation, and Wall Trust have also played important roles in Yevgeny’s career.
Photo by Mark Harrison