Hristo Kazakov, piano
“Kazakov is supremely artful, but his playing is free of artifice. His control of dynamics, color, and pacing are masterful and on the level of the legendary Debussy of Gieseking and Michelangeli, combined with a sort of Zen-like calmness of expression that makes the music glow”.
– Peter Burwasser, from Fanfare
Pianist Hristo Kazakov was born 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began receiving his first piano lessons at age four and went on to study piano at the “Ljubomir Pipkov” Musical School. After graduating with distinction in 1992, Kazakov won third prize for his participation in the prestigious Johannes Brahms National Chamber Music competition. Kazakov continued his education at the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music where he studied under the renowned Professor Dimo Dimov from 1992 until 1996. During this time, Kazakov performed in numerous concerts in addition to teaching seminars on contemporary and classical music. Upon earning his Master’s Degree from the National Academy of Music, Kazakov was awarded a scholarship to the Music Academy Fontainebleau, where he focused his studies on French Impressionistic music. In France he attended master classes with several highly-acclaimed musicians including Philippe Bianconi and Philippe Entremont.
As a result, Kazakov has performed a substantial part of Claude Debussy’s piano works, with his performances of Debussy’s Images and 24 Preludes garnering critical acclaim. He is also well known for having performed many of Johann Sebastian Bach’s piano works. His performances and interpretations of Bach’s The Art of the Fugue and the Goldberg Variations have been particularly well-received. In May 2013, American magazine Fanfare recognised Hristo Kazakov’s Bach Goldberg Variations album as one of the finest interpretations.
Kazakov’s Bach Goldberg Variations and Debussy Preludes recordings are internationally broadcast in Australia, Brazil, Estonia, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA. He has also made recordings on Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet and works by Scriabin, and a DVD which includes works by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. He has within the repertories all 32 piano sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, and 24 Prelude and Fugues by Dimitri Shostakovich. His solo concerts also highlight the works of Isaac Albéniz, Ferruccio Busoni, Alexander Scriabin, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninov and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
For more information:
J.S. Bach/Ferruccio Busoni
Chaconne in D minor, BWV 1004
Prelude and Fugue No. 20 in C minor
Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in A minor
Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in G major
Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in D minor
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