“Save your superlatives until you have heard Eldar Nebolsin ” LA Times
“Scintillating pianism that rivals the greats in this repertoire … rivalling Rubinstein ” Gramophone Magazine
“He may well be the Richter of his generation “ American Record Guide
Described by the Gramophone Magazine as “virtuoso of power and poetry”, Eldar Nebolsin is considered one of the most versatile and interesting musicians of his generation.
A former student of renowned Russian pianist and teacher Dmitri Bashkirov, Eldar currently records for the Naxos label. His debut album, Rachmaninov’s Preludes op 23 and 32 earned from ClassicsToday the praise “close to stunning … Nebolsin’s is a truly exceptional excursion into the music of Rachmaninov “, while his second album released the following year, both Liszt Piano Concertos and Totentanz with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Vasily Petrenko, earned top place on Naxos’ Bestseller’s Digital Platform for six consecutive months.
The next albums for Naxos were Ernst von Dohnanyi´s Variations of Nursery Theme, with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and JoAnn Falletta , Chopin’s complete works for piano and orchestra with the Warsaw Philharmonic and Antoni Wit, a solo album of works by Schubert, and the Lopes-Graça Piano Concertos with Orquestra Sinfonica do Porto and Matthias Bamert. The three piano quartets by Brahms coupled with Mahler’s piano Quartet were followed by two albums released by Naxos in collaboration with Spectrum Concerts Berlin – albums of Arensky and Sculhoff’s Chamber Works. Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Concert Fantasia with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Michael Stern received stunning reviews declaring it to be the definitive version of this repertoire. Most recently IBS Classical released his collaboration with cellist Asier Polo, Brahms Cello Sonatas. Earlier recordings include two albums for Decca – a solo works by Chopin and Liszt, and Chopin’s Piano Concerto with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Some of Eldar’s more recent engagements are re-invitations to the Buffalo and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, his debuts with the Kansas City Symphony, Helsinki and Turku Philharmonics and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, an all-Liszt evening in Lisbon with Jaime Martin, continuing chamber collaborations with Janine Jansen and Friends in Utrecht and with Spectrum Concerts at the Philharmonie, Berlin, a recital tour in Canada and USA with Eldar’s frequent partner, Maxim Rysanov, viola, as well as his debut with MDR Symphony Orchestra and Jun Mäarkl at the Gewandhaus Leipzig, and a tour throughout Spain performing Liszt’s 2nd Piano concerto with the Royal Seville Philharmonic Orchestra. Eldar also returns regularly to perform with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, most recently sharing the stage with Josep Caballé-Domenech, while he enjoyed debuts in both recital and concerto repertoire in Berlin’s Konzerthaus, in Budapest, Winterthur, Brisbane, and in Taiwan.
In the Chamber Music field, Eldar collobarates with some of the world’s most renowned musicians such Julian Rachlin, Maxim Rysanov, Alexey Ogrintchouk, Ilya Grintgolts or Gustav Rivinius. Recent chamber music engagements include performances with the Leipziger Streichquartett, Barnabas Kelemen, Miklos Perennyi, Alexander Melnikov and Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt.
In 2005 Eldar Nebolsin was unanimously awarded the Sviatoslav Richter Prize in the 1st edition of the International Piano Competition in Moscow where he was also honored with the special Award for the best Classical Concerto performance. During the 09/010 season Eldar enjoyed the honor of being Artist in Residence for Musis Sacrum in Arnhem.
Eldar’s earlier international performances have taken him to the stages of some of the most famous orchestras of the world – New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sankt Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra with outstanding conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Ricardo Chally, Yuri Temirkanov, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Vasili Petrenko, Nikolaj Alexeev, Vladimir Spivakov or Lawrence Foster amongst many others.
From 2012 Eldar has held the position of Professor of Piano at the Hanns Eisler Musik Hochschule, Berlin where he now lives. He previously lived in Spain and for the last 11 years held a place on the faculty of the International Institute of Chamber Music in Madrid teaching alongside Ralf Gothoni where he regularly presents master classes both in piano solo repertoire and chamber music.