“A poet of the piano” - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Bachtrack
"Outstanding pianist in every degree" - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Guardian
“Pavel Kolesnikov has the kind of ease and authority that normally come with decades of experience” - ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph
Pavel Kolesnikov became a sensation at the 2012 Honens International Piano Competition when he took home the world's biggest piano prize. London-based pianist was born in Siberia into a family of scientists. He studied both the piano and violin for ten years, before concentrating solely on the piano. Following his Wigmore Hall debut in 2014, The Telegraph gave his recital a rare five-star review and called it "one of the most memorable of such occasions London has witnessed for a while”.
Samson Tsoy and Pavel Kolesnikov have performed regularly as a duo at venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, with The Guardian describing their performances’ ‘quietly electrifying intimacy’. In 2019 the duo launched ‘The Ragged Music Festival’, which Classical Music Magazine described as 'seriously edgy, admirable and a must-see’.
Lauded for the originality and intense drama of his interpretations, pianist Samson Tsoy has already been invited to perform with renowned conductors including Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Diego Masson as part of Philharmonia Orchestra’s “Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals” series, Junajo Mena with the Real Filharmonía de Galicia and Roberto Minczuk with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.