Project Description

Leonid Egorov

Leonid Egorov was born in Moscow.

He received his initial training from Anna Pavlovna Kantor, a teacher of Evgeny Kissin.

At the age of seven, he receives his first award – the Grand Prix at the International Festival named after Pancho Vladigerov, as well as a special prize “Hope” for the best performance of works by Bulgarian composers.

Later Leonid studied with Valentina Pavlova, representing the school of Felix Blumenfeld, from which such pianists as Simone Barere and Vladimir Horowitz came out. However, he devoted most of his creative path to independent work, studying the art of the masters of the past, believing that today such mentors as Busoni, Hoffmann and Cortot simply do not exist.

At the age of 14, he received the 1st prize and the special prize “For Artistry” at the Ettlingen Piano Competition, Germany. The competition program included Beethoven’s Sonata op. 101, skillfully played by such a young pianist that it aroused admiration not only among the public, but also among the jury.

At the age of 15, Leonid’s first solo concert took place in Saint-Etienne, France. «What a perfect craftsmanship!” – wrote the musician and critic Fabrice Pincet for the newspaper “La Tribune / Le Progres”. “Despite his youth, Leonid Egorov is complete master of his art. Each note lives, its expression fully corresponds to the composer’s intentions”- concludes the author of the review.

At the age of 16, Leonid became a fellow of the Mstislav Rostropovich International Foundation, which allowed the young pianist to develop in many ways, collaborating with various kinds of musicians such as Van Cliburn and Martha Argerich.

In 2005, Leonid Egorov released his first studio CD album “Tribute to Claudio Arrau”, which demonstrates his “Urtext” style of playing. Subsequent albums of Leonid, recorded from his concerts, characterize the pianist as an improviser, returning the listener to the era of the old masters such as Pachman, Michalowski, Busoni, Hofmann: “When I come on stage, I have a passionate desire to improvise. Improvisation gives me a feeling of total freedom, lightness of being, a weightlessness overflowing with love. It’s a wonderful sensation to be able to give my love to my listeners,” the artist admits.

In 2010 Leonid Egorov became the winner of the world competition “YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011” (in the “Piano” nomination). This event allowed Leonid to sign a contract with Google for performances in the world’s best halls, including the Sydney Opera House.

According to the official statistics of the ticket agency of the leading Saxon newspaper “Sächsische Zeitung”, provided in February 2011, Leonid’s concert entitled “Romantischer Klavierabend mit Leonid Egorov”, which took place in Dresden, entered the top ten most popular concert events, behind the concerts of James Blunt and Kylie Minogue, but ahead of Deep Purple’s symphony orchestra concert.

In 2015, Leonid made his debut at the Miami International Piano Festival with great success. Music critic Lawrence Budmen wrote: “Egorov has a gargantuan technique. He can play at extremes of speed and volume without ever missing a note. He is also an unabashed showman, at times grinning to the audience or almost rising from the keyboard as he plays. One can easily imagine him appearing on American television talk shows. Yet, beneath all the flamboyance, Egorov is a sensitive musician with interesting interpretive instincts.”

In 2016, Leonid Egorov conducts Master Classes at the Miami International Piano Festival Academy, sharing his knowledge and skills. In addition to students from various international academies, pianists such as Jacob Mason and Sinziana Mircea attended his master classes.

In July 2019, Leonid gives a landmark concert in Dresden in front of an audience of 5,000. This concert was held in the ‘Open-Air’ format as part of the ‘Palais Sommer 2019’ festival, and was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the festival.

In 2021 Leonid Egorov’s vinyl album, “Images”, was released by the “PianoFortuna” label. It was recorded at one of the pianist’s concerts. In addition to Egorov’s exquisite improvisations, combining works by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, the album includes Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, in a large-scale arrangement by Leonid Egorov.

In 2022 he created his own charity foundation, “PianoFortuna”, to help young musicians in their formation and artistic development.