Twenty-year-old winner of the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition, Nikolay Khozyainov, is from Blagoveschensk in the far eastern region of Russia. From a non-musical family, at the early age of five he decided himself he wanted to play the piano. In 1999, at the age of seven, he began his studies at the Central Musical School at the P.I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, and currently studies with Mikhail Voskresensky.
He is a winner of many competitions, in 2003 he was awarded First Prize at the International Piano Competition “Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte” in the Czech Republic, where he also won the special prize for Best Performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s Rondo-Capriccioso. In 2004 he took First Prize at the 1X International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition in Romania and in 2008 at the Scriabin International Piano Competition in Paris.
Other prizes include Second Prize at the Moscow International Frédéric Chopin Piano Competition for Young Pianists in 2008 and he was the youngest finalist in the 2010 International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw.
Nikolay has performed recitals and played with orchestras in leading concert halls in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Mexico, Austria, USA and Japan.
He returns to Dublin for his prizewinner’s debut concert in the National Concert Hall on 20th April this year and then travels to New York for his Carnegie Hall debut on 30th April. He follows this with a series of concerts throughout the United States.
For relaxation he studies orchestral and opera scores as he has a long term ambition to add conducting to his musical career.