Authoritative interpretations of over fifty concerti specifically those of Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky have brought Nikolai worldwide recognition and critical acclaim. His passionate, virtuosic performances and musical individuality marked him as one of the most extraordinary pianist of this century.
Nikolai has worked with many renowned conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Charles Dutoit, Evgeny Svetlanov and Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestras with whom he collaborated include the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, Orchestre National de France, Gavle Symfoniorkester and Danish National Symphony Orchestra.
In the season 2015/16 Demidenko is ‘Soloist-in-Residence’ with Queensland Symphony Orchestra. As a part of his residency he will perform the complete Beethoven Piano Concerti, a chamber music recital and conduct a masterclass.
Concerto highlights in recent and upcoming seasons include appearances across the globe, most notably with the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai, Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra and Flanders Symphony Orchestra.
Devoted recitalist and chamber musician, Nikolai possesses a unique ability to take a homogenous view of a recital and to pair different contents without ignoring their style (CultureNorthernIreland). Current season sees Demidenko giving recitals across the world including Belgrade’s Kolarac Concert Hall, Alicante and Bilbao, Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory with Dmitri Alexeev, Berliner Klavierfestival at Konzerthaus Berlin, The Seed in Istanbul and several recitals across Australia. Nikolai is also a frequent guest of major London based venues including the Barbican, Wigmore Hall, where he will return in February 2017, Cadogan Hall and most recently St. John’s Smith Square.
Nikolai’s extensive discography consists of nearly 40 CDs. For Hyperion Records he recorded over 20 albums including his latest Prokofiev Piano Concertos Nos 2 & 3 with London Philharmonic Orchestra released in March 2015, Gramophone Editor’s Choice award winning album of Medtner and Music for two Pianos (with Dmitri Alexeev), Rachmaninov CD awarded BBC Music Magazine Best of The Year and Diapason D’Or, and Scriabin & Tchaikovsky Piano Concertos which won BBC Music Magazine Best of The Year and Best Concerto Recording of The Year by Classis CD. Nikolai’s Chopin CD released in 2008 for Onyx Classics won the MIDEM 2010 Special Chopin Award for a new recording.
Russian born pianist Nikolai Demidenko studied at the Gnessins Music School with Anna Kantor before joining the Moscow Conservatory with Dmitri Bashkirov. He was one of the winners of the Montreal International Music Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music and the University.