Feb. 15 to 22, 2020





Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt


Grigory Gruzman, born in Saint Petersburg, attended the special music school for highly talented children of the St. Petersburg Music Academy. During school, he has performed more than 300 times in his hometown and other cities in Russia.


He graduated first at the Jerusalem Conservatory and then with Prof. Vitalij Margulis at the Musikhochschule Freiburg, where he passed both the diploma exam and the concert exam. Gruzman was a laureate with honors at the International Piano Competition in Monza (Italy) and 1984 finalist of the International Piano Competition in Vercelli (Italy).


As a soloist, chamber musician (among others as a member of the Shostakovich trio) and leader of international master classes he has performed since 1974 in almost all European countries, in the Far East, in Australia, in Latin America and in the US more than 1000 times. Everywhere his concerts were received by the public, press and professional circles with great enthusiasm. "I have been waiting for such an interpretation of the Rigoletto paraphrase all my life", Herbert von Karajan once said and invited Gruzman to come to Salzburg. The international critics repeatedly described the Shostakovich trio he co-founded as one of the best ensembles of the present day.


Television and radio broadcasters around the world have broadcast about 100 of their performances. His adaptation of the "Pictures of an Exhibition" by Modest Mussorgsky for piano trio received worldwide special attention. Likewise his CD with the études op. 10 and op. 25 by Frédéric Chopin (organo phon 90 112) and his CD with the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, George Gershwin and Friedrich Gulda (Play Piano Play, Organo phon 90 126).


From 1998 to 2006 Gruzman worked as a professor at the University of Music and Theater Hamburg. In 2006 he was appointed professor at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar. As a pedagogue, Gruzman can look back on the achievements of many of his students, who have won awards at various national and international competitions.


From 2005 to 2014 Gruzman was president of the international Rachmaninov Society e. V.

He was artistic director and jury chairman of three international Rachmaninov piano competitions for children and adolescents in different age categories. Gruzman is often a juror of various international competitions abroad.
Since 2006 he has been the permanent director and jury chairman of the International Liszt Competition for Young Pianists (every three years in Weimar).


Since 2006 he also performs as a founding member of the ensemble Trialogue Musical with eight different performance variations.


In 2013, Gruzman was unanimously elected director of the Institute for Keyboard Instruments within the Weimar Music Academy.