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About Hristo Kazakov

Pianist Hristo Kazakov was born 1974 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He began receiving his first piano lessons at age four and went on to study piano at the “Ljubomir Pipkov” Musical School. After graduating with distinction in 1992, Kazakov won third prize for his participation in the prestigious Johannes Brahms National Chamber Music competition. Kazakov continued his education at the “Pancho Vladigerov” National Academy of Music where he studied under the renowned Professor Dimo Dimov from 1992 until 1996. During this time, Kazakov performed in numerous concerts in addition to teaching seminars on contemporary and classical music. Upon earning his Master’s Degree from the National Academy of Music, Kazakov was awarded a scholarship to the Music Academy Fontainebleau, where he focused his studies on French Impressionistic music. In France he attended master classes with several highly-acclaimed musicians including Philippe Bianconi and Philippe Entremont.

As a result, Kazakov has performed a substantial part of Claude Debussy’s piano works, with his performances of Debussy's Images and 24 Preludes garnering critical acclaim. Hristo Kazakov is also well known for having performed many of Johann Sebastian Bach's piano works. His performances and interpretations of Bach's The Art of the Fugue and the Goldberg Variations have been particularly well-received.

In May 2013, American magazine Fanfare recognised Hristo Kazakov's Bach Goldberg Variations album as one of the finest interpretations.

Kazakov's Bach Goldberg Variations and Debussy Preludes recordings are internationally broadcast in Australia, Brazil, Estonia, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA.

Hristo Kazakov performs regularly as both a solo concert pianist and as an ensemble musician. He has performed with a wide variety of well-renowned musicians, including English violinist David Whiston and Swiss violinist Hansheinz Schneeberger (et.al.).

Hristo Kazakov's solo concerts primarily highlight the works of Isaac Albéniz, Ludwig van Beethoven, Ferruccio Busoni, Alexander Scriabin, Maurice Ravel, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Sergei Rachmaninov and Karlheinz Stockhausen. He has also performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23. K. 488 and Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2. 

Kazakov performed Frédéric Chopin's First Piano Concerto in E Minor with the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura, Switzerland.

In 2011, 2013, and 2015 Kazakov performed at the famous Swiss Schubertiade festival.

In 2008, Kazakov performed in the renowned Gstaad Yehudi Menuhin Festival in Switzerland.

Kazakov has toured internationally, performing in: Armenia, Bulgaria, Farnce, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand and United Kingdom.

His recent and upcoming concert tours include all 32 Piano Sonatas by Beethoven and 24 Preludes and Fugues by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Kazakov regularly plays chamber music with the illustrious Bulgarian String Quartet Quarto Quartet, whose repertoire includes works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Cesar Franck, Richard Strauss, Robert Schumann and others.

Since 2013, Hristo Kazakov's recordings have been globally promoted by Phoenix Classical - Canada (a division of Phoenix Records Ltd.).  He has released three solo albums and a DVD which includes works by Schubert, Chopin and Liszt.

In 2015, Hristo Kazakov was invited to be a jury member of the Thailand 5th Mozart International Piano Competition.

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