The young Russian pianist Dmitry Shishkin is critically acclaimed by the international press for his creative approach to music, his individuality and his brilliant piano skills: “In Shishkin’s playing we can hear both excellence and playfulness.” In June 2019 he was awarded the Silver Medal at the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition. In November 2018 Shishkin won the First Prize at the 73rd Geneva International Music Competition where he performed with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.
‘Listening to his playing, I am reminded of what one famous German publisher (S. Fischer, publisher of Thomas Mann) liked to say of manuscripts – either there is charm, or there is not. Shishkin’s charm lies primarily in his performing individuality. It is conveyed in all aspects of his playing: in the sound and its colours, in the use of the pedal to bring out even more colours and at the same time transparency, in its natural phrasing, in its rubato – light and poetic’, the pianist Boris Bloch has said of him.
Born in Chelyabinsk, Siberia, Shishkin demonstrated exceptional talent for the piano while still very young, giving his first solo recital at the age of three and his first concert with orchestra at the age of six. Three years later he entered the prestigious Gnessin State Musical College for gifted children in Moscow (class of Mikhail Khokhlov) then the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (class of Eliso Virsaladze). He is currently continuing his studies with Epifanio Comis at the Istituto Musicale Vincenzo Bellini in Catania, Sicily, and with Arie Vardi at the Musikhochschule Hannover.
From a very early age, Dmitry Shishkin won many prizes at competitions, awards and scholarships, both in Russia and abroad. He is the prizewinner of renowned competitions such as the Busoni in
Bolzano (Third Prize in 2013), Rio de Janeiro (Second Prize in 2014), Chopin in Warsaw (Sixth Prize in 2015), Queen Elisabeth in Brussels (finalist), and the Top of the World Competition in Tromsø (First Prize in 2017).
Dmitry Shishkin performs throughout the world. He collaborates with orchestras such as the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (conductor: Valery Gergiev), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia ‘Svetlanov Orchestra’ (conductor: Vasily Peternko), Russian National Orchestra (conductor: Mikhail Pletnev), Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra (conductor: Vladimir Fedoseev), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium (conductor: Marin Alsop), Staatskapelle Weimar, and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, among others. Shishkin’s concert schedule includes performances at festivals such as Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Bergen Music Festival, Chopin and His Europe Festival, Brescia Bergamo Music Festival, etc. This season he will be on tour in Japan with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra performing in Tokyo, Iwate, and Osaka, and in South Africa performing in Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Durban. In other concerts he will perform with orchestras and in recitals in Paris, Munich, Geneva, Ljubljana, Fribourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, among other high profile venues.
In 2014 he recorded his first CD with the label "KNS" - "Absolute Chopin" (2017), which became a bestseller on iTunes.
Concours de Genève and its main partner Montres Breguet, as well as La Dolce Volta label will be releasing Dmitry Shishkin's solo album beginning of March 2020 with works by Medtner, Scriabin and Rachmaninov.
Dmitry Shishkin is represented worldwide by Natalja Slobodyreva at Meta Artists International.
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