Lev Vinocour was born in Leningrad to a family of musicians. He studied at the Specialised Middle School of the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Lev Vlasenko’s class). Having already won a number of international music prizes, Vinocour went on to perfect his music skills in the UK, the USA and Italy. He became the prize-winner at the Clara Schumann International Piano Competition in 1994. He then moved to Germany.
In 2003, Vinocour recorded a CD of Schumann’s etudes, which received the European Music Critics Award. In 2005, he presented a cycle of fourteen programmes with Liszt’s works; in 2007, he performed his own version of Schumann’s unfinished Piano Concerto in F Major. In 2010, to celebrate 200 years since the birth of Schumann, RCA Red Seal (Sony) released the composer’s complete works for piano and orchestra performed by Lev Vinocour and the Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Since 2011 the pianist has actively cooperated with TV and film studios. He played the lead role in Günther Klein’s Franz Liszt. Die späten Jahre and was part of the Sonata for Two TV series dedicated to the life and work of Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin and Wagner. In 2012, Swiss documentary-maker Beat Kuert released a film about the pianist himself. October 2017 saw the release of Luther Songs film, where Vinocour played historical keyboard instruments and lute.