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Nikolai Tokarev was born in Moscow in 1983. His father is a concert pianist, his mother a cellist. He began musical training in 1988 at the renowned Gnessin Music School in Moscow, graduating in 2001 with distinction. From 2004 to 2006 he studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He then engaged in postgraduate studies in Düsseldorf with Professor Barbara Szczepanska at the Robert Schumann College of Music.

He made an early debut in 1989 at the age of six with a solo concert in Moscow. At the age of 14 he began giving concerts in Europe and Japan. In 2000 Tokarev was a prizewinner at the 10th Eurovision Grand Prix of Young Musicians in Bergen, Norway and in the same year, he performed in Tokyo with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra under Gerd Albrecht. In September 2006 he was presented with the Orpheum Public Award at the 8th International Orpheum Music Festival in the Tonhalle in Zurich.

In that same year he won second prize and the audience prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich. Nikolai Tokarev regularly makes guest appearances at international festivals - including the Schlossfestpiele Ludwigsburg, the Schleswig-Holstein Musikfestival, the Rheingau Musikfestival, Kissinger Sommer, the Davos Music Festival and the music festival in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has given concerts with numerous orchestras, including Camerata Salzburg, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, the National Philharmonic of Russia and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the last seasons, Nikolai Tokarev played recitals at Alte Oper Frankfurt and Philharmonie Berlin which resulted in an immediate reinvitation. He performed with Philharmonia Orchestra London, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (conductor: Yakov Kreizberg), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Tugan Sokhiev), BBC Symphony Orchestra (Jirí Belohlávek) and will have his debut with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (George Pehlivanian) in June 2012.

In April 2007 Nikolai Tokarev released his first piano recital on CD for the SONY Classical label featuring works by Schubert, Chopin and Alexander Rosenblatt. He has been awarded the 2008 Echo Klassik for Best Newcomer (piano) for the album. The second album featuring music by French composers like Ravel, Debussy, Rameau and César Franck was released in autumn 2008. In 2009, a live recording of piano concertos from Chopin and Grieg from the KKL in Lucerne followed. In 2010, his recording with Tchaikovsky’s 1st piano concerto and Rachmaninovs 3rd piano concerto, with National Philharmonic of Russia and Vladimir Spivakov, was unanimously greeted by the press.

Two solo recital CDs followed, “Black Swan Fantasy”, was released in spring 2012; followed by “Homage to Horowitz” in early 2014.

April 2014

For further information please visit www.nikolaitokarew.de