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Eldar Nebolsin


Born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1974, Eldar Nebolsin began piano studies at the age of five with Natalia Wasinkina. He went on to win the Young Russian Pianists Competition in Tbilisi, aged 12, and the Radio Concertino Prague at the age of 14.

Nebolsin's international career was launched with his triumph at the Eleventh Santander International Piano Competition in 1992 wherehe got the Grand Prix and the Prize for the best performance of the Mozart concerto. As a result of this win, Nebolsin was engaged by over 130 orchestras and for recital series and festivals all over the world. Engagements included the Deutsche Oper Orchester, Berlin, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Lisbon.

In March 1994, Nebolsin made his North American Debut with a highly acclaimed recital at New York's 92nd Street Y. Subsequent North American engagements have included debuts with the New York Philarmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the St Louis Symphony Orchestra and Montreal Symphony Orchestra under such conductors as Yuri Temirkanov, Ricardo Chailly and Leonard Slatkin. He has also given recitals at the Kennedy center in Washington and the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto.

Highlights of Nebolsin's 1997-2000 included debuts with the Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit and Houston Symphonies and the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra. He also gave recitals in Herkules Saal in Munich, in the conservatory of Milan, Tonhalle Zürich and Carnegy Hall in Pittsburg. In October 1998 he appeared as a soloist on an extensive European tour with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Hans Vonk.

Later in the season, he returned to Bamberg Symphony under Yakov Kreizberg and made his Australian debut with a great success in Sidney and Melbourn under Lawrence Foster. In 1998 Eldar Nebolsin was invited to replace Martha Argerich, because of her illness, in a tour in Germany under Vladimir Ashkenazy.

Some of Nebolsin's most important performances in the years 2000-2002 include debuts in Hungary, Yugoslavia and Luxemburg as well as a tour in major Spanish halls with Victor Pablo Perez and the Orquesta de Tenerife. He also appeared in the Chatelet Theater in Paris, Hamburg Musikhalle with Staatsoper Orchester, in Stuttgart with Radio Orchestra Stuttgart under Yakov Kreizberg and was invited by M. Rostropovitsch to perform the 1st Thaykovsky piano concerto in Rome with the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia.

Besides his piano-solo career, Eldar plays a lot of chamber music. He has performed with many musicians such as Julian Rachlin, Alexey Ougrinchouk, Jan-Eric Gustafsohn, ERATO quartett or Latica Honda-Rosenberg, with whom he recently recorded two Prokofiev Sonatas for ARTENOVA. Another two recordings of Eldar for DECCA include solo works by Chopin and Liszt (1995), a Chopin Piano Concerto and other works for piano and orchestra with Deutsche Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy (1997).

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