Konstantin Scherbakov

Russian pianist, Konstantin Scherbakov, was a child prodigy, first playing the piano at the age of five and then making his debut with an orchestra at eleven in a performance of the Beethoven First Piano Concerto. He later moved to Moscow to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he was mentored chiefly by the legendary teacher Lev Naumov, whose assistant he later became. Scherbakov won the 1983 (first) Rachmaninov Competition and followed that victory with winning an array of prizes at prestigious international competitions in Montreal, Bolzano, Rome and Zürich.

Scherbakov steadily built his career in the former Soviet Union, where he performed with all the leading orchestras and played recitals in more than a hundred cities. Hailed by critics at the Lucerne Festival as a modern Rachmaninov, he launched his international career in 1990 at the 20th Chamber Music Festival of Asolo, Italy, where he performed the complete Sergei Rachmaninov works for piano solo in four recitals, to the manifest approval of Sviatoslav Richter.

In 1992 he and his family relocated to Switzerland and thereafter his career had a rather meteoric rise. Scherbakov is among the most ubiquitous and often-recorded pianists before the public today. The range of his repertory is vast and demanding, both technically and interpretively: he has recorded (or is in the process of recording) the complete solo piano outputs of Leopold Godowsky, Shostakovich and Ottorino Respighi; the complete piano/orchestral works of Medtner, Tchaikovsky, Respighi and Scriabin; he recorded and played in concerts other large projects including the complete Franz Liszt piano transcriptions of the Beethoven symphonies. His repertory also includes such disparate composers as Domenico Scarlatti, Lyapunov and Poulenc. In addition to recitals, orchestral performances, worldwide tours, and televised and broadcast performances throughout Europe, his concert activity has brought participation in major festivals.

Amid his heavy concert and recording schedule, Konstantin Scherbakov joined the faculty at the Zurich Arts University in 1998. He regularly conducts master-classes in pianism and acts as juror for various prestigious piano competitions.

Konstantin Scherbakov beim Beethovenfest