Peter Laul was born in 1977 in Leningrad. In 2000 he graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Alexander Sandler).
Has won prizes at the European Piano Competition Bremen (1995 – 3rd prize and special prize for the best performance of a work by Bach; 1997 – 1st prize and special prize for the best performance of a sonata by Schubert) and the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Moscow (2000; 1st prize). In 2003 was presented with an honorary award by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation “For Achievements in Culture”.
The pianist regularly performs at the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, the Steinway Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, the Brucknerhaus in Linz and the Sala Verdi in Milan. He has taken part in festivals in Colmar and Saint-Riquier (France), the Progetto Marta Argerich festival (Lugano), the Art-November festival (Moscow), the Printemps des Arts festival (Monaco), the Stars of the White Nights festival, the International Piano Festival and the Arts Square festival (St Petersburg).
Orchestras with which he regularly collaborates include the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie as well as theatre orchestras in Dessau, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg.
The pianist dedicates particular attention to chamber music. His regular partners include Ilya Gringolts, Maxim Vengerov, Viktor Tretiakov, Graf Mourja, Alena Baeva, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Alexander Ghindin, Sergei Levitin, David Grimal, Laurent Korcia and Marc Coppey.
His discography includes several solo and chamber recordings for Naxos, Aeon, Onyx Classics, BIS, harmonia mundi, Querstand, Integral Classic, King Records and Northern Flowers. Among his most prominent recordings are works by Scriabin (2006), the complete Brahms’ trios and cello sonatas (2007, 2008), the complete Schumann’s violin sonatas and trios (2010) and the complete Stravinsky’s violin works (2016).
Since 2002 he has taught a special piano class at the St Petersburg Conservatory (since 2015 he has been an associate professor) and the Secondary Special Music School of the St Petersburg Conservatory.
Engagements for the 2019–20 season include concerts at the Small and Great Halls of the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the St Petersburg Conservatory and the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic.
Information for February 2020