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Nikolai Tokarev was born in Moscow in 1983 into in a musical family. His father is a concert pianist and his mother a cello player. In 1988 he started his musical training
2000 Tokarev won the “10th Eurovision Grand Prix of Young Musicians” in Bergen, Norway. In June 2006 he received the 2nd Prize and the “Audience Award” at the “Geza Anda Competition” in Zuerich. In September 2006 he received the “Orpheum Public Award” at the 8th International Orpheum Music Festival in the Tonhalle Zuerich (for the best interpretation of Mozart’s piano concert with the Camerata Salzburg).
He has peformed with a great variety of orchestras, such as the Camerata Salzburg, the English Chamber Orchestra, the European Soloists Luxembourg, the Zuerich Chamber Orchestra, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zuerich, the Munich Philharmonic, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonique Orchestre Monte Carlo, the National Philharmonic of Russia, the BBC Symphony Orchestra London, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, NHK Orchestra Tokyo, Philharmonia Orchestra London, North German Radio Orchestra (Hamburg), etc., with conductors: I. Belohlavek, Mario Venzago, Y. Kout, Thomas Dausgaard, George Pehlivanian, Tougan Sokhiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Michail Nesterowicz, a.o.
In 2007 he concluded the exclusive contract with the Sonymusic and in April he published his first piano recital with works by Schubert, Chopin and Alexander Rosenblatt (prize “Echo-Classic, 2007 in Germany), 2008 he second CD “French Album” with works by Rameau, Debussy, Franck, Ravel, 2009 with piano concerts by Grieg and Chopin (live in Lucerne, Switzerland), 2010 with piano concerts by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov (National Philharmonic of Russia, conductor Spivakov), 2012 recital CD “Black Swan Fantasy” (piano transcriptions after themes from the different russian ballets), 2014 recital CD “Homage to Horowitz” (different piano works by Scarlatti, Cimarosa, Liszt, Chopin, etc.), 2017 chamber music - cd with the violinist Sergey Dogadin by the Label Naxos and 2018 chamber music – cd with the cellist Nikolay Shugaev by the label Universal.
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