Audience uproar has become a hallmark of Primakov performances, which incorporate dazzling, nearly superhuman passion with sensitive poetry. In Santa Barbara, California, where Mr. Primakov has been adopted as a "musical son," no one will forget his riveting performance of the final movement of the Rachmaninoff third piano concerto during the Music Academy of the West's 1997 "Concerto Night." It was a musical tour de force so dazzling that the audience exploded, and local patrons of the arts immediately took Mr. Primakov to their hearts. The pianist returned to Santa Barbara soon after to perform the entire concerto with the Santa Barbara Symphony orchestra.
Vassily Primakov began his U.S. career after capturing First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. His debut recitals in the Young Concert Artists Series in New York at the 92nd Street Y, sponsored by the Peter P. Marino Prize, as well as in Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., and Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, immediately brought him rave reviews. Mr. Primakov has performed recitals and as concerto soloist throughout the States, including appearances with the San Diego Symphony, the Maryland Symphony, the Utah Symphony, the Westchester Philharmonic and the Yakima Symphony among many others.
At the YCA Auditions, Mr. Primakov was awarded many special prizes, including the Slomovic Orchestral Prize, the John and Esther Browning Memorial Prize, the Paul A. Fish Prize, and appearances with the La Jolla Chamber Music Society and at the Usedom Festival in Germany. He won prizes in the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1999) as well as the Silver Medal and Audience Prize at the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Mr. Primakov is also the recipient of a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, and today performs widely across the United States in solo recital and with orchestra.
Born in Moscow in l979, Mr. Primakov entered the American music scene in 1997, at the age of 17, as a student of Jerome Lowenthal at The Juilliard School in New York and later that summer in Santa Barbara at the Music Academy of the West. His early music studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova, who still teaches piano today in Moscow. At the age of 11, he entered Moscow's Central Special Music School, and during these years, from 1990 to 1996, he played concerts in Russia, France, Switzerland, Germany, and Romania. By the time he was 15 years old, Mr. Primakov had won First Prize in the Rachmaninoff International Young Artist Competition and the Tchaikovsky Young Artist Competition in Russia.
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1. Fantaisie in F minor
3. Scherzo in C-sharp minor
5. Ballade No. 1 in G minor
6. Ballade No. 2 in F major
7. Ballade No. 3 in A-flat major
8. Ballade No. 4 in F minor