Nikolai Lugansky

“Blending lyricism with panache and just the right sense of daring.”
The Guardian


People’s Artist of Russia

Nikolai Lugansky was born in 1972. He studied at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where his teachers included Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolayeva and Sergei Dorensky. 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.

He regularly works with top level conductors such as Yury Temirkanov, Kent Nagano, Charles Dutoit, Mikhail Pletnev, Gianandrea Noseda and Vladimir Jurowski. Chamber music collaborators include Vadim Repin, Alexander Kniazev, Mischa Maisky and Leonidas Kavakos.

A regular recitalist the world over, during this season Lugansky appears at the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tonhalle in Zurich, Moscow’s Zaryadye and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

He regularly appears at some of the world’s most distinguished festivals, including the Aspen, Tanglewood, Ravinia, La Roque-d’Anthéron and Verbier festivals.

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, Belgium National Orchestra and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

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. His recording of solo piano music by Debussy was released in the 2018 anniversary year.

He was awarded the honour of People’s Artist of Russia in April 2013. In 2018 Nikolai Lugansky received the State Prize of the Russian Federation, for his contribution to the development and advancement of Russian and international classical music culture over the past 20 years.
Information for December 2019

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