NIKOLAI LUGANSKY - Sergei Rachmaninov International Award 2016

NIKOLAI LUGANSKY  has earned two Sergei Rachmaninov International Award's nominations, winning 
“MUSICAL ACHIEVEMENT”  for his special attention to the music of Sergei Rachmaninov and in the nomination 
“MAECENAS”  for his support for the Museum-estate of Sergei Rachmaninov Ivanovka.


Nikolai Lugansky is a Russian pianist, widely known for his insightful performances of Rachmaninov music.


A native of Moscow. He attended the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow Conservatory, studying piano with Tatiana Kestner, Tatiana Nikolaeva, and Sergei Dorensky.

An active competitor, he won first prize at the All-Union Competition in Tbilisi and the silver medal at the 8th International Bach Competition in Leipzig, both in 1988, and won the second prize at the Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow in 1990.


Lugansky was named best pianist in 1992 at the International Summer Academy Mozarteum in Salzburg. He won the 1994 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition.

As a concerto soloist, Lugansky has performed with Riccardo Chailly, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Valery Gergiev, Kurt Masur, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Edo de Waart, Leonard Slatkin, and many other conductors. In addition to his busy concert schedule, he is an accompanist for many musicians, including Anna Netrebko, Joshua Bell, Mischa Maisky, Yuri Bashmet, Vadim Repin, and others. Lugansky began recording with Melodiya and Vanguard Classics, beginning a fruitful recording career over the years with Warner Classics, PentaTone, Erato, Deutsche Grammophon, and Naïve.

(Biography by Blair Sanderson

More than 18 years, Nikolai Lugansky supports the Museum-Estate of Rachmaninov in Ivanovka.

Ivanovka is an estate near Tambov, Russia, which used to be the summer residence of the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov in the period between 1890 and 1917 (until his emigration). It was the family home of his aristocratic relatives, the Satins. Many of Rachmaninov's earlier masterpieces were created in its bucolic atmosphere. A museum commemorating the life and works of the composer was opened there in 1982.

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