Denis Kozhukhin, who was born in Nizhni Novgorod in 1986, won First Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in 2010, and was the winner of the 2009 Vendome Prize. He studied with Dmitri Bashkirov, and subsequently with Kirill Gerstein, and has appeared at many of the most prestigious festivals and concert halls worldwide. This includes the Verbier Festival, where he won the Prix d’Honneur in 2003, Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Rheingau Music Festival, Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival, Santander International Festival, Carnegie Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Munich Herkulessaal, Rotterdam De Doelen, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Milan, Palau de la Musica Valencia, Théâtre du Châtelet and Auditorium du Louvre, Paris.
Recent concerto highlights season have included the complete cycle of Prokofiev Piano Concertos with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra working with Jun Maerkl, Xian Zhang, Lan Shui, Ludovic Morlot and Martyn Brabbins, visits to the St Petersburg Philharmonic with Krivine, Bournemouth Symphony with Alsop, Orchestre National de Lille with Casadesus, Luxembourg Philharmonic with Sinaisky, Netherlands Philharmonic with Karabits, Belgian National Orchestra with Boreyko and Prague Philharmonia with Hrusa. Recent recital engagements have included return visits to the Verbier Festival, Auditorium du Louvre, Paris, and International Keyboard Institute and Festival, New York as well as his debut at the City of London Festival in July 2012.
Concerto highlights of the 2012/13 season include engagements with the Vienna Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras.