Rhinegold Rarest of talents: Pavel Kolesnikov

Owen Mortimer

Pavel Kolesnikov receives UK Critics’ Circle Young Talent Award 2019

12:18, 23rd June 2020

Pavel Kolesnikov has been honoured with the Critics’ Circle Young Talent Award 2019 for piano.

The Critics’ Circle Young Talent Awards celebrate the year in which artists make their UK career breakthrough. There are five categories, including composer, conductor, piano, instrument and voice. This year’s piano section jury was led by Charlotte Gardner.

‘When Pavel Kolesnikov made his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014, it was immediately obvious that we were witnessing the early stages of the rarest of talents,’ says the jury’s citation. ‘Kolesnikov balances intimacy with drama in his intensely personal interpretations, often daring in their originality. He draws wide-ranging colours from the piano with a touch notable for its deftness, clarity and poise.

‘In 2019 Kolesnikov’s star reached a new zenith in the UK, with 29 performances around the country. In January he made his debut in the International Piano Series at London’s Southbank Centre with a programme of works by Brahms, Couperin and Tchaikovsky; reviewing for International Piano, Michael Church wrote: “Pavel Kolesnikov approaches the keyboard with love in his heart and extracts from it a succession of spells.” October brought the release of Kolesnikov’s fifth studio album, Impromptus, waltzes & mazurkas by Chopin, which Bryce Morrison described as “a capricious and individual commentary on a capricious and individual composer”. His inauguration of a Ragged School music festival in a deprived area of Tower Hamlets testifies to his crusading vision.’

Kolesnikov’s new recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations will released in November 2020 by Hyperion Records.

For full details of this year’s Critics’ Circle Music Awards, visit criticscircle.org.uk

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