Prof. Konstantin Scherbakov Piano
University of Arts Zurich

01. April 2018 – 07. April 2018

Application deadline: February 28th 2018

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The Russian-Swiss pianist Konstantin Scherbakov was a child prodigy, making his debut with an orchestra at 11. He studied in Moscow at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he was mentored by legendary Lev Naumov, whose assistant he later became. Scherbakov won the 1983 First Rachmaninov Competition in Moscow and followed that victory by winning an array of prizes at prestigious international competitions in Montreal, Bolzano, Rome and Zurich. Konstantin Scherbakov built his career steadily in the former Soviet Union, where he has performed with all the leading orchestras and played recitals in more than a hundred cities. Hailed by critics at the Lucerne Festival as a “modern Rachmaninov”, he launched his international career in 1990 at the 20th Chamber Music Festival of Asolo in Italy, where he performed the complete Sergei Rachmaninoff’s works for piano solo in four recitals, to approval from Sviatoslav Richter who listened to his performance. In 1992 he and his family relocated to Switzerland and thereafter his career had a rather meteoric rise. Konstantin Scherbakov is among today’s most ubiquitous and often recorded pianists. The range of his repertory is vast and demanding, both technically and interpretively: Naxos signed him and his first recording, the Transcendental Etudes by Liapunov, was released in 1994 on that label's sister enterprise Marco Polo. EMI introduced him the following year via its Debut Series in a disc of Johann Strauss II waltz paraphrases by Max Reger, Carl Tausig, Rosenthal, György Cziffra and others. Also in 1995 Scherbakov became a "BBC International Artist". The pianist’s constantly growing discography on "Naxos", "Marco Polo", EMI Classics and "Two Pianists" labels comprises today well over 40 CDs featuring around 350 titles. Past recordings include the complete piano works of Shostakovich and Respighi, the complete piano/orchestral works of Medtner, Respighi, Tchaikovsky, Arensky and Scriabin, and the complete Liszt transcriptions of Beethoven’s nine symphonies. He is also presently producing a unique complete set of Godowsky’s piano works for Marco Polo on 15 CD’s. The Liszt/Beethoven series received high critical acclaim, with the Ninth being awarded the German Critics’ Prize 2005; his recording of L. Godowsky’s Sonata in E minor for Marco Polo also won this prize in 2001. Scherbakov’s recording of the 24 Preludes and Fugues of Shostakovich for Naxos received the Classical Award 2001 at Cannes. 2018 will see the release of the other recording project: 24 Etudes d’execution transcendante by Liszt / Lyapunov on the “Steinway & Sons” label. Boasting a phenomenal concerto repertoire of over 50 concertos, Konstantin Scherbakov performed as soloist with more than 60 orchestras, among others the Russian State Philharmonic, Moscow State Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Stuttgart and Duisburg Philharmonic, Tonhalle Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen, Munich Symphony, MDR Sinfonieorchester, George Enescu Philharmonic Bucharest, Weimarer Staatskapelle, Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, Sofia Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, I Pomeriggi musicali Milan, New Zealand Symphony, Singapore Symphony, Ukrainian and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestras, Ulster Orchestra and Wiener Kammerorchester and conductors like Georg Alexander Albrecht, Rudolf Barshai, Aldo Ceccato, Arnold Katz, Yoel Levi, Dmitri Liss, Christian Mandeal, Kirill Petrenko, Valeri Polyanski, Nello Santi, Juri Simonov, Vassili Sinajsky and Christian Thielemann. Konstantin Scherbakov has given solo performances in over 50 countries on all continents. He has played in some of the prestigious concert halls such as Philharmonic of Cologne, Wigmore Hall London, Herkulessaal, Philharmonic and Prinzregententheater Munich, Tonhalle Zurich, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Beethovenhalle Bonn, Congress and Concert Hall Luzern, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Musikhalle Hamburg, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Konzerthaus Berlin, Rudolfinum Prague, Atheneum Bucharest, Casal Hall Tokyo, Victoria Hall Singapore, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Vienna and Warsaw Philharmonic Hall, among others. Konstantin Scherbakov has been guest to important international music festivals such as Salzburg, Frankfurt, Bregenz, Bodensee, Lucerne, Klavier-Festival Ruhr, Beethoven Festival Bonn, Bad Kissingen, Schubertiade Feldkirch and Schwarzenberg, Singapore Piano Festival, Piano Rarities Husum, Beethoven Festival Krakow and Warsaw, Lebanon Music Festival, “Primavera concertistica” Lugano, Evian, Colmar, Liszt Festivals in Raiding and Weimar, Piano Festival Lucerne, and among others - numerous festivals in Italy, France, New Zealand, USA, Russia, and Switzerland. Amid a heavy concert and recording schedule Scherbakov joined the piano faculty at the Zürich Arts University in 1998. Many of his students won prizes and awards at international competitions, most notably Yulianna Avdeeva, the winner of the 10th International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. He also regularly conducts master-classes at major institutions and is appearing as a jury member for various international piano competitions.

Course services

  • public performances
  • closing concert
  • career counselling
  • concert engagements for the best participants

Course fee

from 499 €, passive listener 200 €, day pass 50 €

Performance with symphony orchestra (incl. one 20-min. rehearsal, 10-min. warm-up rehearsal and a public concert during the masterclass week) 490 €

Professional multi-angle video recording of your performance 150 €

Performance with orchestra

You have an opportunity to perform with the symphony orchestra during the festival for the fee of 490 €. This includes one 20-minutes rehearsal, one 10-minutes warm-up rehearsal before the concert and the public performance itself. The piece of your choice can be up to 15 minutes long. Additionally, you can book a professional multi-angle video recording of your performance.

Preliminary schedule

Mon. - Sat. 10:00 - 13:30, 14:30 - 18:00


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