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Biography

 

 

Winner of Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition Russian-British pianist and conductor Petr Limonov frequently appears on UK and European scene collaborating, among others, with Nicola Benedetti, Laura van der Heijden, Jennifer Pike, Van Kujik Quartet, Leonard Elschenbroich and Liana Isakadze. He has recorded for Decca, Onyx, Deutschlandfunk and Champs Hill labels; his notable appearances include La Roque d’Antheron festival (Boris Berezovsky’s Carte Blanche, broadcast by radio France Musique), Wigmore Hall, iTunes Festival, Cadogan Hall, Kings Place, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Southbank Centre, the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, a recital in The Duke’s Hall for HRH Prince Charles, TV appearances for BBC Proms Extra and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and “Culture” TV channel (Russia). In 2017, his arrangement of the Auld Lang Syne (issued on Decca in 2014 as a part of Nicola Benedetti’s best-selling “Homecoming” album) was performed in the Albert Hall at the BBC Proms. His repertoire stretches from Orlando Gibbons to Arvo Part.

 

Born in Moscow, Petr started playing the piano at the age of 5. A year later he entered the prestigious Moscow’s Central Music School, where he studied under the guidance of Siavush Gadjiev, Valery Piasetsky and, later, Andrei Pisarev. After winning First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition (Paris, 1998) he started giving concerts throughout Europe and Russia, supported by the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. He went on to study with Hamish Milne and Alexander Satz at the Royal Academy of Music (London) on a full scholarship, followed by a year he spent at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris Alfred Cortot, where his teachers were Ramzi Yassa and Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy. In 2010 Petr returned to London to commence his postgraduate studies at the Royal College of Music with Dimitry Alexeev, obtaining his Masters degree in 2012. During his studies Petr took part in masterclasses given by Alfred Brendel, Stephen Hough, Vitaly Margulis and Stephen Kovacevich; whilst in RCM he also studied conducting under Peter Stark. In November 2013 Petr made his conducting début at Cadogan Hall with London International Chamber Orchestra, directing works by Glazunov and Rachmaninov.

 

"...Petr Limonov, avec un détachement apparent, a joué les morceaux les plus ardus avec une aisance incroyable, une simplicité et une sincérité parfaite." - La Nouvelle République

 

"His mastery is mesmerising.” - Rubric News

 

Photography by Chris Gloag, www.chrisgloag.com

 

 

CONCERTO REPERTOIRE

J. S. Bach

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052

Concerto in A major, BWV 1055

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1066


W. A. Mozart

Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271

Concerto No. 12 in A major, K.414

Concerto No. 17 in G major, K.453

Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466

Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488

Concerto No. 24 in C minor, K.491

Concerto No. 26 in D major, K.537


L. van Beethoven

Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, op. 19

Triple Concerto in C major, op. 56

Concerto No. 4 in G major, op. 58

Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 73


R. Schumann

Concerto in A minor, op. 54


F. Chopin

Concerto no. 1 in E minor, op. 11 

Concerto No. 2 in F minor, op. 21


F. Liszt

Concerto no. 2 in A major, S.125

Tottentanz, S.126


J. Brahms

Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op. 15


E. Grieg

Concerto in A minor, op. 16


S. Rachmaninov

Concerto no. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1

Concerto no. 3 in D minor, op. 30

Concerto no. 4 in G minor, op. 40 


M. Ravel

Concerto in G major


S. Prokofiev

Concerto no. 1 in D-flat major, op. 1

SOLO REPERTOIRE

J. S. Bach

Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846-869

English Suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV 808

French Suite no. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 815

Toccata in E minor, BWV 914

Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825

Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828

Partita no. 5 in G major, BWV 829


D. Scarlatti

Sonata in E minor, K.98

Sonata in B minor, K.197

Sonata in E major, K.380


J. Haydn

Sonata in E minor, Hob.XVI:34

Sonata in A-flat major, Hob.XVI:46

Sonata in E-flat major, Hob.XVI:52


W. A. Mozart         

Sonata in E-flat major, K.282

Sonata in A minor, K.310

Sonata in C major, K.330

Sonata in A major, K.331

Sonata in F major, K.332

Sonata in B-flat major, K.333

Sonata in C minor, K.457

Sonata in F major, K.533/494

Sonata in D major, K.576

Fantasia in D minor, K.397

Fantasia in C minor, K.475

Rondo in D major, K.485

Rondo in A minor, K.511

Adagio in B minor, K.540


L. van Beethoven

Sonata in F minor, op. 2, no. 1

Sonata in A major, op. 2, no. 2

Sonata in F major, op. 10, no. 2

Sonata in D major, op. 10, no. 3, 

Sonata in E major, op. 14, no. 1

Sonata in G major, op. 14, no. 2

Sonata in C-sharp minor, op. 27, no. 2

Sonata in D major, op. 28

Sonata in G major, op. 31, no. 1

Sonata  in D minor, op. 31, no. 2

Sonata in E-flat major, op. 31, no. 3

Sonata in C major, op. 53

Sonata in F minor, op. 57

Sonata in E minor, op. 90

Sonata in A major, op. 101

Sonata in E major, op. 109

32 Variations in C minor, WoO 80


F. Schubert

Sonata in A minor, D.537

Four Impromptus, Op. 90/D.899

Allegretto in C minor, D.915

Sonata in B-flat major, D.960


F. Chopin

24 Preludes, op. 28

12 Etudes, op. 25

Sonata no. 3 in B minor, op. 58

Ballade no. 1 in G minor, op. 23

Ballade no. 2 in F major, op. 38

Ballade no. 3 in A-flat major, op. 47

Ballade no. 4 in F minor, op. 52

Fantasia in F minor, op. 49

Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, op. 20

Scherzo no. 2 in B-flat minor, op. 31

Scherzo no. 3 in C-sharp minor, op. 39

Scherzo no. 4 in E major, op. 54

Barcarolle in F-sharp major, op. 60

Mazurkas

Waltzes

Two Polonaises, op. 26

Polonaise in F-sharp minor, op. 44

Polonaise-Fantasy in A-flat major, op. 61

Two Nocturnes, op. 27

Nocturne in F minor, op. 55/1

Nocturne in C-sharp minor, B.49

Nocturne in E minor, op. posth 72


R. Schumann

Carnaval, op. 9

Kinderszenen, op. 15

Arabeske, op. 18

Humoreske, op. 20


F. Liszt

Sonata in B minor, S.178

Années de pèlerinage II, S.161

'Nuages Gris', S.199

'Harmonies du Soir', S.139/11

'La campanella', S.141

Valse-Impromptu, S.213

Première Valse Oubliée, S.215/1

Deux Polonaises, S.223

Mephisto Waltz no. 1, S.514


J. Brahms

Four Ballades, op. 10


P. Tchaikovsky

Thème original et variations, op. 19/6

The Seasons, op. 37a


E. Grieg

Lyric Pieces, op.12


C. Debussy

'Children's Corner', L.113

'L'isle joyeuse', L.106

Preludes


A. Scriabin

Sonata no. 2 in G-sharp minor, op. 19

Sonata no. 4 in F-sharp major, op. 30

Sonata no. 5, op 53

Sonata no. 10, op. 70

Deux Poèmes, op. 32

Feuillet d'album, op. 45, no. 1

Feuillet d'album, op. 58

Preludes

Etudes


S. Rachmaninov:

Variations on a theme of Corelli, op. 42

Preludes

Études-Tableaux


M. Ravel

Sonatine

Valses nobles et sentimentales


K. Szymanowski

Mazurkas


S. Prokofiev

Sonata no. 2 in D minor, op. 14

Sonata no. 3 in A minor, op. 28

Visions Fugitives, op. 22

Toccata, op. 11


D. Shostakovich

Three Fantastic Dances, op. 5

Preludes, op. 34