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Clive Barda

Yevgeny Sudbin has been hailed by The Telegraph as ‘potentially one of the greatest pianists of the 21st century’. As BIS Records’ only exclusive artist, all of Yevgeny’s recordings have met with critical acclaim and are regularly featured as CD of the Month by BBC Music Magazine or Editor’s Choice by Gramophone. His Scriabin recording was awarded CD of the Year by The Telegraph and received the MIDEM Classical Award for Best Solo Instrument Recording at Cannes. It was described by Gramophone as ‘a disc in a million’ while the International Record Review stated that Yevgeny’s Rachmaninov recording ‘confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time’.

Yevgeny performs regularly in many of the world's finest venues and concert series, both in recital and with orchestra, including Tonhalle Zurich; Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall (International Piano Series) and Wigmore Hall (London Pianoforte Series) in London; Concertgebouw (Meesterpianisten, Amsterdam); Avery Fisher Hall (New York) and Davies Symphony Hall (San Francisco). Recent engagements and tours have included orchestras such as New Zealand Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, Lucerne Symphony, Czech Philharmonic, Bergen Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. His performance of Rachmaninov's Concerto No.1 at the BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall was described by The Telegraph as ‘sublime.’

Yevgeny has collaborated with some of the world’s most influential conductors, such as Neeme Järvi, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Osmo Vänskä, Hannu Lintu, Tugan Sokhiev, Mark Wigglesworth, Andrew Litton, Dmitri Slobodeniouk and Vassily Sinaisky. His love of chamber music has led him to collaborate with many other musicians including Alexander Chaushian, Ilya Gringolts, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fischer, the Chilingirian Quartet and many others. Appearances at festivals include Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Tivoli, Nohant, La Roque d'Antheron, Menton and Verbier.

Recent and future engagements include concerts and recording projects with the Tapiola Sinfonetta and Osmo Vänskä, Netherlands Philharmonic and Ivor Bolton, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Michael Seal, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Stanislav Kochanovsky, and extensive touring in North America. He also returns to many recital stages, including the Wigmore Hall, Moscow International House of Music and Serate Musicali (Milan).

Yevgeny was born in St Petersburg in 1980 and began his musical studies at the Specialist Music School of the St Petersburg Conservatory with Lyubov Pevsner at the age of 5. He emigrated with his family to Germany in 1990 where he continued his studies at Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule (Galina Ivanzova). In 1997 Yevgeny moved to London to study at the Purcell School and subsequently the Royal Academy of Music where he completed his Bachelor and Masters degrees under Christopher Elton. He was supported by the Hattori and Pulvermacher Foundations as well as The Wall Trust, of which he is now Vice President. In 2010, he was awarded a Fellowship by Academy and is now a Visiting Professor.

Yevgeny lives in London with his wife and two young children and, in his spare time, he is an avid photographer. 


His Concertgebouw début: Sudbin's Rachmaninoff reminded one of the aristocratic playing of the composer himself. In his own arrangement of one of Rachmaninoff's songs, Spring Waters, he demonstrated to be a match for this grandmaster. - Christo Lelie, Trouw 

His Wigmore Hall début recital: A great recital. He is a pianist of uncommon sensitivity and refinement and has total confidence in his imaginative concept of each piece. - Adrian Jack, The Independent

His 2006 Verbier Festival recital: Sudbin's great quality was his acute sense of characterization, conveying not just the letter of the music through his consummate technique, but also its spirit through his intuition and inspiration. Any chance to hear him should be snapped up. - Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph

His BeethovenConcertos 4&5: Time and again I come away from a Yevgeny Sudbin recital thinking the same thing, that this brilliant young pianist exhibits an infectious hunger for his repertoire. He seems to consume it, occasionally be consumed by it, and his exploration of these concertos seems exactly that, an entirely immersary experience. Thrilling." - James Invern, Gramophone

His Chopin recording:This glorious disc confirms Yevgeny Sudbin as one of the most searching and inspired of today's pianists. Each recording that he produces in his continuing series for BIS seems to reveal a new facet of his thought processes and his interpretative intelligence...This is a disc not to be missed. It is a triumph.- Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph

His Scarlatti recording: Once in a blue moon a record appears by a hitherto unknown artist who seems destined to take his place among the elect. Both musically and technically, this debut is on a par with those two greatest of Scarlatti pianists, Horowitz and Pletnev. As eloquent in the most poignant sonatas as he is brilliant in the showstoppers, Sudbin is already a master. - Daniel Steans, Piano Magazine

His Rachmaninov recording: This confirms him as one of the most important pianistic talents of our time - Harriet Smith, International Record Review

His Tchaikovsky / Medtner recording: Few seem as fresh and necessary as this release from this wonder pianist - Geoff Brown, The Times

His Scriabin recording: No pianist of any generation has, in my experience, captured Scriabin's volatility so vividly as Sudbin. This, put suitably euphorically, is a disc in a million. - Bryce Morrison, Gramophone

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