Dr. Denis Evstuhin
Denis holds a B.M and M.M. from the St. Petersburg Conservatory (studio of Professor Eduard Bazanov). While in the USA, he received an Artist Diploma from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota as well as M.M. and DMA degrees in Piano Performance at the University of Minnesota, where he studied with Professor Alexander Braginsky. Hailed as “one of the finest pianists in the young generation,” Denis Evstuhin has earned international acclaim for his vibrant artistry, remarkable sound quality and brilliant virtuosity by audiences and critics alike. His “sonorous, dark sound, clear textures, a fine sense of balance and an elegance of line” together with his ability to find “the expressive heart of each piece even as he made crisp and fluent work of the technical demands,” have prompted critics to hail the Russian pianist as “a true artist” and “a natural musician” who has “virtuosity tempered with an old-world style…" Denis has performed in major cities and venues throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia, France, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Estonia, and the USA. He has appeared on stages of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the great Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Halls in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theater and Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg, in Warsaw and Bydgoszcz, as well as Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Evstuhin appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Sioux City Symphony. He worked with conductors Henry Charles Smith, Philip Mann, Mark Russell Smith, Tugan Sokhiev, and Vladimir Ziva. Recent highlights include a New York debut at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and a recital at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago. He has also appeared on radio and television in Russia, Europe and the US, including Russian National Television and Radio, Polish Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, and WCLV in Cleveland, performing works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. In 2010 Denis was a guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.” Denis has earned prizes in a number of international competitions such as the Paderewski International Competition (Poland, 2010), Iowa piano Competition (USA, 2009), Andorra International Competition (Spain, 2007), Balakirev International Competition (Russia, 2006), Rachmaninoff International piano Competition (Los Angeles, USA, 2005), Minnesota International Piano-e-Competition (Minneapolis/ St. Paul, USA, 2004), and Maria Yudina International Piano Competition (Russia, 2003). He also became a semifinalist at the 2007 Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Denis has participated in master classes, performing for the most distinguished pianists of our time, including Yefim Bronfman, Philippe Entremont, Elisso Virsaladze, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome Rose, Lev Naumov, and Mikhail Vosskresensky. Besides his solo career Denis enjoys to collaborate with opera singers. He had performed with acclaimed Russian and American singers including Daniil Shtoda, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Vladislav Sulimsky, Marina Poplavskaya, and Maria Jette. After a successful performance at The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis in July 2009, Denis was invited to organize and serve as Artistic Director of "Music at the Museum,” a concert series featuring a wide range of Russian classics.