Since his first international performance at age 11, the name of the young Russian-born pianist Dmitri Demiashkin has crossed the lips of many an astonished critic and enraptured competition judge. The prodigiously talented Demiashkin was performing with orchestras and winning international accolades while but a decade old.
When we think of the great Russian pianists, we think of Moscow, Saint Petersburg. Yet Demiashkin, of Mordvin ethnic minority extraction, hails from the regional centre of Saransk, commencing his studies under V. Spiridonova at age seven in the ancient city of Kazan. The call of the capital first came two years later when Demiashkin's new piano teacher, K.A. Shashkina, moved to Moscow to take up a post at the Moscow State Conservatory. Demiashkin followed with his family members - who had correctly recognised his gifts and were firmly committed to fostering them.
After an initial award at a prestigious Russian competition in 1992, Demiashkin's string of wins became pan-European the following year with accolades in the Czech Republic after scarcely having turned 11. This was the start of a veritable tour de force continuing up to the present which would see Demiashkin receiving prizes and being broadcast on radio and television across Europe and North America, and performing in innumerable concerts in more than fifteen countries throughout the Northern Hemisphere.
During his early teens, Demiashkin attended his first Margess International
master classes in Switzerland and was twice invited to return, his visit fully
funded by the organisers. This marked the beginning of an elevating
professional relationship with Switzerland, to where Dmitri moved, with the aid
of a full scholarship from the Stiftung Lyra foundation of the Vontobel Bank,
to study at the Winterthur Conservatory and the Zurich University of the
Arts. Demiashkin nonetheless maintained his ties to Russia by participating at
numerous master classes in France and Germany under such great proponents of
the Russian school as Lev Naumov, Alexey Lyubimov, Vladimir Viardo, Eliso Virsaladze and Dmitri Bashkirov. Moreover, he managed the
mindboggling feat of studying simultaneously at both the Central Music
School of the Moscow Conservatory under T. L. Koloss, HAR,1 and at the Zurich University of the Arts under Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov and Prof. Homero Francesch.
Demiashkin's studies in Zurich not only brought him a concert diploma with distinction (2005) and the soloist diploma (2007), but also the honour of a teaching position at the University of the Arts, which Demiashkin commenced in 2008.
The distinguished pianist Vladimir Viardo was apparently utterly taken aback by Demiashkin's combination of rare musicianship, elegance, sensitivity and astounding technique, inviting him to several festivals. Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev, under whose baton Demiashkin performed Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1 in 2009, has similarly asked him to return to Moscow for a further performance this year.
The demure Demiashkin is not one to brag about his exceptional talent and his intriguing interpretative style, yet reviewers from American and English publications have already extolled the virtues of the magnificent young pianist. Some critics have compared the subtlety of his phrasing and crystalline tone with Gilels, whilst the remarkable maturity and individuality of his interpretation have also reaped praise.
In 2007 Demiashkin was conferred the Russian title Honoured Artist of the Republic of Mordovia. Since 2012 he is a member of the official "Steinway Artist" family.
1 HAR: The title Honoured Artist of Russia is the highest accolade awarded by the Russian federal government for outstanding services to the arts.
Dmitri Demiashkin has played as a soloist with the following (a selection):
Basel Symphony Orchestra
Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
Liège Philharmonic Orchestra
Philharmonic Orchestra of Nizhny-Novgorod
Prague Symphony Orchestra
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
State Chamber Orchestra of Belarus
Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow
World Children's Symphony Orchestra
Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra
Festivals (a selection):
1994: 20th International Music Festival in Istanbul, Turkey
1997: Third International Festival of Young Musicians in Moscow, Russia
1997: Fourth New Names Festival in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
1998: 30th Concertino Praga Music Festival, Czech Republic
1999: Omaggio a Roma, Italy
1999: Festival of Piano Music in Belarus
2002: Omaggio a Roma, Italy
2002: 10th Ventura music festival, California
2005: 11th Ventura music festival, California
2005: Eighth Annual International Laureates Festival, Los Angeles, USA
2006: Winter Festival in Eilat, Israel
2007: Music Festival in Rouen, France
2008: Ruhr Piano Festival, Germany
2009: Festival des Jeunes Talents, Paris, France
2009: Septembre Musical, Montreux, Switzerland
List of prizes won in competition:
|1993: ||First prize at the international piano competition Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte at Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic|
|1994:||First prize at the international television competition Bravo-Bravissimo in Cremona, Italy|
|1994:||First prize at the International Contest of Finno-Ugric Peoples in Votkinsk, Russia|
|1997:||First prize and absolute winner of the international competition Concertino Praga|
|1998:||First prize at the Festival of Piano Music in Belarus|
|2001:||First prize at the Seventh Rencontres Musicales de la Venoge, Lausanne|
|2002:||First prize and Special Prize for the performance of Tchaikovsky compositions at the Third International Russian Music Piano Competition in San José, California, USA|
|2006:||Second prize at the Casagrande Competition, Terni, Italy. First prize best final round|
|2007:||Third prize at the International Beethoven Competition, Bonn, Germany|
List of scholarships and honours:
|1992-1997: ||Holder of scholarship from international New Names charity programme|
|1996:||Listing in Golden Book of the
UNESCO-supported foundation New names of the planet: the XX century to the XXI century|
|1996-2006:||Holder of scholarship from Head of Republic of Mordovia, Russion|
|1997-2000:||Holder of scholarship from International V. Spivakov Charity Foundation|
|1998:||Receiver of the Dancing Angel statuette from the European Union of Music Competitions for Youth (EMCY)|
|1999-2006:||Holder of scholarship from Vontobel Bank foundation Stiftung Lyra |
|2007:||Awarded the Russian title Honoured Artist of the Republic of Mordovia|
|2012:||Awarded the official title Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons in Hamburg|