Piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, organ
Yury Martynov belongs to the most interesting and versatile Russian musicians of our times whose performance combines the best traditions of the Russian piano school and the West-European keyboard school with the unique personality. In the world there are few performers who master so many instruments and so many styles.
Born in 1969, Yury Martynov graduated from the Central Special Musical School (1976 – 1987) at the Moscow State Conservatory “P.I. Tchaikovsky”, the piano under Professor S.L. Dijour, and the theory of music under Professor Y.N. Kholopov. Then he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory (1987 – 1992), the piano under Professor and the people’s artist of the Russian Federation, M.S. Voskressensky; and the organ under Professor and the RF honored artist, A.A Parshin (diploma with honors), and then the assistantship of Professor M.S. Voskressensky (1992 – 1994).
In 1993-1994 Y. Martynov took a study course in France from Professor I. Wjunisky, the department of harpsichord and basso continuo in the High School of Music “Jean-Wiener” in Bobigny, and in the Conservatory “C. Debussy” in Paris, which he both graduated from with gold medals.
From 1989 the musician is giving concerts, performing the best concert programs as a soloist and a chamber ensemble member in the best concert halls of Moscow (the Bolshoy, the Maly Halls and the Rakhmaninov-Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory, the Chamber Hall of the Moscow International Music House (MMDM), etc.), of St-Petersburg (the Maly Hall of the Philharmonic Hall, State Capella’s Hall, etc.), other Russian cities, CIS countries, in many countries of Europe, USA and Japan. He took part in many prestigious Festivals in Russia and abroad, among them: S.Rikhter December Evenings in Moscow, MozartFest in Wurzburg, Sans-Souci Fest in Potsdam, Raritaten von Klaviermusik in Husum, Earlymusic Festival in St-Peresburg, Moscow Autumn Contemporary Festival, Autor de piano-forte in La Ferte Vidame, Early Music’days of Concerto Koeln, Vantaa Barock Festival, Christmas Fest in York and many others. Among his scene partners there are N. Gutman, A. Lyubimov, S. Sondeckis, P. Schreier, S. Kuijken, B. Tevlin, A. Rudin, D. Liss, M. Inoue, B. Kelemen, V. Igolinskiy, Z. Meniker, B. van Oort, and many other outstanding performers and conductors. In 2000, together with D. Sokolov and S. Filchenko, he created the PLAYel-trio (from 2006 the violinist in the trio is V. Pessin).
Yury Martynov is a laureate of such international contests as: Maria Canals, Barcelona (the first prize), Ennio Porrino, Cagliari (the first prize), Ville d’Epinal (the second prize), W.A.Mozart, Salzburg (the first prize).
The discography of Martynov includes several CDs recorded and released on famous Russian and foreign record studios (four of them are recorded on the oldest German label Christophorus). Since 2011 all rights for his recordings are reserved by OUTHERE-music (ZigZag – territoire). The musician also made fund records for the Orfey radio station, ORT 1, WDR and BBC.
Yury Martynov was the first musician in Russia who performed the Well-tempered Clavier of I.S. Bach on clavichord, and who presented a range of solo and chamber compositions by P. Philips, T. Tallis, J. Schobert, A. Eberl, I. Prach and other composers of Renaissance, Baroque and early Classicism to the Russian public.