“Sound magician”, “brilliant virtuoso of the highest level” and “Russian Eusebius” are some of the attributes the music critics like to describe Denys Proshayev’s piano playing.
Born in Belarus, he studied with Prof. Vladimir Krainev, one of the best students of Heinrich Neuhaus, at the Hochschule für Musik in Hannover. He also worked as Mr. Krainev’s assistant over a decade while undertaking conducting studies with Prof. Eiji Oue.
After extensive success in international competitions, among them Clara Haskil in Vevey, “Vladimir Horowitz in Memoriam” in Kiev, European Piano Competition in Bremen, his international breakthrough came with the win of the first prize at the International Competition ARD in Munich in 2002. Some additional prizes went on confirming the remarkable value of the artist. Among them the coveted Soloist Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern International Festival, just as Julia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott and Daniel Hope.
Denys Proshayev has collaborated with numerous wellknown orchestras, such as the Munich and Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Orchestra, Radio Orchestras of Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hannover, St. Petersburg and Osaka Philharmonic. The pianist performed with a number of internationaly reknown conductors, among them Gerd Albrecht, John Neal Axelrod, Daniel Inbal, Alexander Dmitriev, Roman Kofman, Andrea Marcon, Eiji Oue, Michael Sanderling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Stefan Solyom and appeares regularly in major concerts venues such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Salzburger Mozarteum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Baden-Badener Festspielhaus, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Mercatorhalle Duisburg, in Philharmonic Halls of Cologne, Warsaw, St. Petersburg and Kiev.
Proshayev is a dedicated chamber musician. Some of his partners were Gabor Boldoczki, Veronika Eberle, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott and the Quarteto Casals. In 2011, following the invitation of Martin Schläpfer, he became part of the highly acclaimed project “b. 10” of the Ballet am Rhein in Düsseldorf, performing Alfred Schnittke’s concerto for piano and strings. In the subsequent years he continued playing the piano-part in his productions.
Besides, Denys Proshayev devotes himself passionately to conducting, appearing as guest conductor with the Prussian Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, National Philharmonic of Ukraine and Macedonian Philharmonic orchestras. In 2011 he became the Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Lviv.
His recording of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s keyboard works, released in 2006 by Sony/BMG and highly praised by the press and public, was chosen by “Die Zeit” Edition, next to Evgeny Kissin, Midori and Mariss Jansons, and has been acclaimed as one of the “100 best classical CDs”. In September 2013, Denys Proshayev’s new CD dedicated to Robert Schumann with “Papillons “, “Davidsbündlertänze” and “Arabeske” has been released by Piano Classics. Next CD at the beginning of the year 2014 will celebrate the 80th birthday of Alfred Schnittke, including his concerto for piano and strings with the Strings Soloists of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the baton of Alexander Dmitriev.
In the season 2014/2015, he made reappearances in some European cities such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Philharmonic State Orchestra Mainz, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, and he performed in Leipzig and Bremen. In June 2015 he premiered Alexander Shchetinsky’s piano concerto dedicated to him, in July 2015 he gave guest performances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern with musicians of Ensemble Resonanz and Christoph Eschenbach.
In the upcoming season 2015/16, solo recitals will lead him to Braunschweig, Frankfurt a.M., Münster, amongst others, and he gets re-invited by Martin Schläpfer for his Ballet “b. 27” in spring 2016. In summer 2016, the Ballet will guest at Ludwigsburg for the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele.
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As of: August 2015