Denys Proshayev

Hoofdvakdocent piano (afdeling Klassieke Muziek)

Born in Brest, he studied with Prof. Vladimir Krainev, one of the best students of Heinrich Neuhaus, at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover. He also worked as Mr. Krainev’s assistant over a decade while undertaking conducting studies with Prof. Eiji Oue.

After extensive success in international competitions, among them Clara Haskil in Vevey, “Vladimir Horowitz in Memoriam” in Kiev, European Piano Competition in Bremen, his international breakthrough came with the win of the first prize at the International Competition ARD in Munich in 2002. Some additional prizes went on confirming the remarkable value of the artist. Among them the coveted Soloist Prize of the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern International Festival, just as Julia Fisher, Daniel Müller-Schott and Daniel Hope.

Proshayev has collaborated with numerous wellknown orchestras, such as the Munich and Czech Philharmonic, Danish National Radio Orchestra, Radio Orchestras of Munich, Berlin, Cologne, Leipzig, Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Hannover, St. Petersburg and Osaka Philharmonic. The pianist performed with a number of internationaly reknown conductors, among them Gerd Albrecht, John Neal Axelrod, Daniel Inbal, Alexander Dmitriev, Roman Kofman, Andrea Marcon, Eiji Oue, Michael Sanderling, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Stefan Solyom and appeares regularly in major concerts venues such as the Herkulessaal in Munich, Salzburger Mozarteum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Baden-Badener Festspielhaus, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Mercatorhalle Duisburg, in Philharmonic Halls of Cologne, Warsaw, St. Petersburg and Kiev.

Proshayev is a dedicated chamber musician. Some of his partners were Veronika Eberle, Arabella Steinbacher, Daniel Müller-Schott and the Quarteto Casals. In 2011, following the invitation of Martin Schläpfer, he became part of the highly acclaimed project “b. 10” of the Ballet am Rhein in Düsseldorf, performing Alfred Schnittke’s concerto for piano and strings.
Besides, Denys Proshayev devotes himself passionately to conducting, appearing as guest conductor with the Prussian Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Berlin, National Philharmonic of Ukraine and Macedonian Philharmonic orchestras. In 2011 he became the Principal Guest Conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra in Lviv.

His recording of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s keyboard works, released in 2006 by Sony/BMG and highly praised by the press and public, was chosen by “Die Zeit” Edition , next to Evgeny Kissin, Midori and Mariss Jansons, and has been acclaimed as one of the “100 best classical CDs”.

In 2013 Proshayev released his first recording by Piano Classics dedicated to Robert Schumann with “Papillons“, “Davidsbündlertänze” and “Arabeske”, followed in 2014 by a recording dedicated to Alfred Schnittke with Concerto for piano and strings, “5 Aphorisms” and “Gogol Suite” for two pianos with Nadia Mokhtari which was warmly acclaimed a.o. by “The Guardian”, “Süddeutsche Zeitung” and Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Among artist’s recent highlights and upcoming exciting projects are appearances at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Musikfest Wasserschloss Gesmold, with Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kiev Chamber Orchestra, Staatsorchester Mainz, Ensemble Resonanz, Duisburger Philharmoniker, Züricher Kammerorchester, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Philharmonic, a number of recitals in Europe, among others in Berlin, St.Petersburg, Moscow, Vienna, München, Lyon and Kiev.

Fotos by U. Arens