Konstantin Scherbakov was recently awarded a prize at MIDEM of Cannes (Šostakovic: 24 Preludes and fugues) and also won, again in 2002, the important Prize of the German discography critics. He is considered among the most important pianists of our time; the most influential magazines specialized in classical music (Gramophone, Diapason, Fono Forum, Music & Theatre, etc.) consider his wide discography (EMI Classics, Marco Polo, Naxos) to be amongst the best of the last few years. He has recorded the complete works of Medtner, Skrjabin and Respighi for pianoforte and orchestra, Respighi for pianoforte only, Šostakovic's compostions, Beethoven's nine Symphonies, Liszt for piano only, Godowsky and Rachmaninov for piano and orchestra.
In 1983 Scherbakov won First Prize at the "Rachmaninov" International Pianist Competition in Moscow, and also was awarded prizes at International Competitions in Montreal, Athens, "Busoni" of Bolzano and he won second prize at the "Géza Anda" in Zurich, where he was also awarded with the television prize for his performance of Tchaikovsky's Concerto no. 1.
The artist was born in Barnaul (Russia) and moved to Zurich with his family in 1992. He began studying pianoforte at the age of five, making his debut at the age of eleven with Concerto no. 1 by Beethoven. He studied with the famous Lev Naumov (student of Heinrich Neuhaus), at the "Tchaikovsky" Conservatory in Moscow, and subsequently became his assistant. Scherbakov is a music Professor at the Musikhochschule in Winterthur-Zurich and gives Masterclasses in Switzerland, Italy, France, Hungary, Germany, New Zealand, Cuba, Singapore and Japan. He is also a member of the jury for numerous international competitions (including the last "Busoni" competitions in Bolzano).
His European debut took place at the International Chamber Music Competition in Asolo, Italy, with the complete works of Rachmaninov carried out in four consecutive recitals (Sviatoslav Richter was present at that event and expressed with enthusiasm his appreciation) and he performs these complete works in many other cities around the world.
The artist plays in many International Festivals (Lucerne, Frankfurt, Lugano, Bregenz, Evian, Colmar, etc.), in many theatres (Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall and Westminster Hall in London, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Philharmonie, Herkulessaal in Munich, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Philharmonie of Düsseldorf, Beethoven-Halle in Bonn, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Tonhalle and Schauspielhaus in Zurich, Kongresshaus in Lucerne, Philharmonie in Saint Petersburg, Atheneum in Bucharest, Casals Hall in Tokyo). He also plays with various orchestras (Russian Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow and Saint Petersburg Symphonic Orchestras, Tonhalle, Munich Symphonic Orchestra, Bucharest George Enescu Philharmonic Orchestra, Montreal Symphonic Orchestra, New Zealand Philharmonic Orchestra, Singapore Philharmonic Orchestra and the Wiener Kammerorchester), performing in the roles of soloist and conductor, and for radiotelevision programmes (ARD, SF, Radio France, DRS 2, BBC). In 1995 he was nominated BBC International Artist. His repertoire includes more than 50 orchestral concerts and as many recitals.
The year 2003 sees Scherbakov on tour in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, Israel, Romania, Poland, Japan, Far East, Australia, New Zealand and the United States.