Nikolay Khozyainov /Russia/

Nikolay Khozyainov is one of the most remarkable pianists of his generation. His musicality and formidable technique have thrilled audiences around the world. Still in his early twenties, his featured recitals and concerto engagements have already included sold out performances at some of the world’s foremost stages such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, The Louvre and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
“21-year-old Russian Nikolay Khozyainov, opened his recital with a meltingly
beautiful Pavane by Ravel in which the piano seemed to have acquired a bow to draw out the melody with seamless legato while the accompaniment floated around it like incense. This young man is a master of romantic tone, amply displayed in Rachmaninoff’s First Sonata as well. “
- Timothy Gilligan, New York Concert Review
Khozyainov has performed with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Russian State Symphony Orchestra, The Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland among many others.
In January 2018, the Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan visited Nikolay’s concert in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall.
Born in Blagoveshchensk, a city in the Russian Far East, Khozyainov began to play the piano at the age of five and his musical talent was discovered immediately. He moved
to the capital to continue his studies at the Central Musical School and at the age of seven he made his public debut with the Handel Piano Concerto at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. He continued his Graduate Studies at the Moscow P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory until May 2015.
At the present time he lives in Germany where he is pursuing an Advance Degree studying at the Hannover Hochschule fur Music under the guidance of Professor Arie Vardi.
Khozyainov’s growing list of awards includes being the youngest finalist of the XVI International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland in October 2010. For the occasion, critics hailed Khozyainov as “an amazing artist of an incredibly large scale. One can feel he is a continuation of the great Russian tradition of piano playing. Khozyainov was the closest one in the competition to Chopin’s sensitivity. His performance had a spiritual sound.”
In 2012 he was awarded in the same year 1st prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition and 2nd prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He additionally received the following special prizes: “Best performance of both Concertos voted by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra”, “Best performance of a work by Liszt”, “Best performance of a work by Schubert”, “Best performance of a virtuoso study” and “Youngest finalist”.
“He has everything: a big sound, splendid technique, and a musicality far beyond his years. This CD would do credit to any pianist...” - Dave Saemann, Fanfare

In 2011 Accord released Khozyainov’s debut CD consisting of works by Chopin and Liszt with worldwide distribution by Naxos. In 2012 he recorded his second album featuring Chopin works released by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, followed by a double CD recording with JVC Victor featuring works of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt recorded in Japan. His latest album released in 2014 includes a unique selection of pieces by Ravel, Chopin and Liszt.
“The last piece left the audience clamoring for more” - Andrew Larkin, Dublin Review


Polonaise in A flat major op. 53

2 Nocturnes
C minor op. 48 no. 1
B major op. 62 no. 1

Ballade in F major op. 38

Berceuse in D flat major op. 57

Prelude in C sharp minor op. 45

2 Mazurkas
F sharp minor op. 59 no. 3
F minor op. 68 no. 4

Ballade in F minor op. 52


Tomoharu Ushida/Japan/

Born in Iwaki City, Fukushima on 16 October, 1999. Immediately after his birth, Tomoharu’s family moved to Shanghai and he grew up there until 6 years old.

Tomoharu showed an exceptional talent in music from his early age and started piano from 3 years old. At 5 years old, he won the 1st prize at a piano competition for children organized by Shanghai City. Starting from 2008 (8 years old), he has won the 1st prize at Chopin International Piano Competition in Asia for 5 consecutive years. In February 2012, Tomoharu won the 1st prize at the 16th Hamamatsu International Piano Academy Competition (youngest winner in its history). In March 2012 (12 years old), his first CD was released from Universal Music Japan. It was the youngest CD debut as Japanese pianist in history.

Since then, Tomoharu has performed concerts throughout Japan and his CDs are released regularly.

In 2014, he toured in Japan with the Wiener Kammer Orchester led by Mo. Stefan Vladar. It was the first time for Tomoharu to perform with a foreign orchestra. In September 2014, he was invited to play with Kaohsiung Symphony Orchestra in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Tomoharu served as a soloist for Japan tours of the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) under Mo. Mikhail Pletnev in 2015 and 2018, of the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra under Mo. Ken-ichiro Kobayashi in 2016, and of Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra under Mo. Jacek Kaspszyk in 2018 . In March 2017, he was invited to play with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok.

Impressed by Tomoharu’s musicality, Mo. Mikhail Pletnev invited him to perform with RNO in Moscow and in Dubna in May 2019. Future engagements include number of recitals throughout Japan and recitals in Warsaw.

Tomoharu won the 2nd prize at the 10th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in 2018, and received Warsaw Mayor’s prize as well as audience prize. In 2019, he received the 29th Idemitsu Award in Japan.


Ballade in G minor op. 23

Preludes op. 28
1. C major 13. F sharp major
2. A minor 14. E flat minor
3. G major 15. D flat major
4. E minor 16. B flat minor
5. D major 17. A flat major
6. B minor 18. F minor
7. A major 19. E flat major
8. F sharp minor 20. C minor
9. E major 21. B flat major
10. C sharp minor 22. G minor
11. B major 23. F major
12. G sharp minor 24. D minor