“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.
Proshayev has received invitations from numerous renowned orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, the Danish National Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestras of the HR, WDR, MDR, SWR and NDR, the Czech Philharmonic, the Kremerata Baltica, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona, the Osaka and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The pianist has worked with conductors such as Gerd Albrecht, John Neal Axelrod, Daniel Inbal, Alexander Dmitriev, Roman Kofman, Andrea Marcon, Eiji Oue, Michael Sanderling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Stefan Solyom and others. He is at home in important concert halls such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Salzburg Mozarteum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus zu Leipzig, Baden-Badener Festspielhaus, Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, Mercatorhalle Duisburg and the Philharmonies of Cologne, Warsaw, St. Petersburg and Kiev.
His chamber music partners include Gábor Boldoczki, Veronika Eberle, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott and the Quarteto Casals. As part of the project "b. 10" by Ballett am Rhein, which enjoyed great success in the 2011/12 season, Denys Proshayev was invited by choreographer Martin Schläpfer to perform A. Schnittke's piano solo part in the music for piano and orchestra. Re-engagements followed constantly in the following periods. In spring 2016 Denys Proshayev could be heard again at the piano in the new production of Martin Schläpfer's "b.27".
Denys Proshayev was conductor of the Prussian Chamber Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, the Lviv Philharmonic Orchestra appointed him its first guest conductor.
His CD with works by Jean-Philippe Rameau, released by Sony in 2006, received the highest praise from music lovers and the specialist press and was included in "Die Zeit"'s own Classic Enjoyment Edition - along with CDs by Evgeny Kissin, Midori and Mariss Jansons - as well as being awarded one of the "100 Best Classical CDs". In autumn 2013 Piano Classics released a Robert Schumann CD with the "Papillons" op. 2, the "Davidsbündlertänzen" op. 6 and the "Arabeske" op. 18. Spring 2014 saw the recording of Alfred Schnittke's Concerto for Piano and Strings (dedicated to V. Krainev, teacher Denys Proshayevs) with the string soloists of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under the baton of Alexander Dmitriev. His most recent recording appeared in September 2019, also on Piano Classics, "Baroque Suites", with works by J.S. Bach, J.P. Rameau and the first recording of A. Schnittke's "Suite im Alten Stil", arr. for piano four hands and recorded with his piano partner Nadia Mokhtari.
The 2018/19 season saw renewed invitations from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Duisburg Philharmonic with B. Bartok's Third Piano Concerto and the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stefan Solyom with J. Brahms's First Piano Concerto. In piano and chamber music recitals the artist performed in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Vienna, at the Klavierfrühling Deutschlandsberg and at the Tonebank Music Festival (USA).
In 2019/20 Denys Proshayev is a two-time guest at the Kammerakademie Potsdam, as soloist in the symphony concert and in the chamber music evening with a program on the occasion of Alfred Schnittke's 85th birthday. Further solo recitals follow in the Frauenkirche Dresden, Kiewer Philharmonie, Salle Moliere in Lyon and Victoria Concert Hall in Singapore.
In 2018 Denys Proshayev founded the "Musikfest Wasserschloss Gesmold" together with Nadia Mokhtari and the von Hammerstein family. The unique piano festival in the heart of Lower Saxony is an annual event that presents great piano music in the historical, cosy atmosphere of the Renaissance palace, as it was at the time of great composers of the 18th or 19th century. Several international soloists have performed here, including Elisabeth Leonskaja, Oleg Maisenberg, Alexander Ghindin, Dinara Klinton, Oleg Poliansky and prizewinners of major international competitions.
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As of: Season 2019/20