Yury Martynov, Russia, 2018

Tour Dates: 1st November - 12th November, 2018

Yury Martynov (piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, organ) belongs to the most interesting and versatile Russian musicians of our times whose performance combines...

Tour Dates
  • 1st November - 12th November, 2018


"Yury Martynov is one of the few pianists around with the technical resources, musical grasp and conviction to recreate this legacy persuasively. In doing so, he amply demonstrates its continued usefulness and vitality. It seems safe to say that he has given us the Beethoven-Liszt cycle for our time, and one unlikely soon to be superseded." -- Gramophone

"Liszt's keyboard versions of these familiar pieces manage miraculously to preserve not only virtually every note of the originals, but also all the music's breadth and colours. In conveying those colours so skillfully, Martynov is helped by his voicing of textures and by the clarity of the mid-19th-century Blüthner piano he uses."  -- BBC Music Magasine

Yury Martynov (piano, harpsichord, fortepiano, clavichord, organ) belongs to the most interesting and versatile Russian musicians of our times whose performance combines the best traditions of the Russian piano school and the West-European keyboard school with the unique personality. In the world there are few performers who master so many instruments and so many styles.

Yury Martynov graduated from the Central Special Musical School at the Moscow State Conservatory “P.I. Tchaikovsky”, the piano under Professor S.L. Dijour, and the theory of music under Professor Y.N. Kholopov. Then he graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory, the piano under Professor and the people’s artist of the Russian Federation, M.S. Voskresenskiy; and the organ under Professor and the RF honored artist, A.A Parshin (diploma with honors), and then the assistantship of Professor M.S. Voskresenskiy.

In 1993-1994 Y. Martynov took a study course in France from Professor I. Wjunisky, the department of harpsichord and basso continuo in the High School of Music “Jean-Wiener” in Bobigny, and in the Conservatory “C. Debussy” in Paris, which he both graduated from with gold medals.

From 1989 the musician is giving concerts, performing the concert programs as a soloist and a chamber ensemble member in the best concert halls of Russia, CIS countries, in many countries of Europe, also in USA, Japan and Turkey. He took part in many prestigious Festivals in Russia and abroad, among them: La Roque d’Antheron, S.Rikhter December Evenings in Moscow, MozartFest in Wurzburg, Sans-Souci Festival in Potsdam, Rheingau-festival, Raritaten von Klaviermusik in Husum, Liszt en Provence, Early Music Festival in St-Petersburg, Moscow Autumn (contemporary music’s festival), Musique & Nature en Bauges, Early Music’days of Concerto Koeln, Vantaa Barock Festival, Christmas Fest in York, International chamber music festival of Kaposvar and many others. Among his scene partners there are A. Lyubimov, M. Brunello, N. Gutman, S. Sondeckis, P. Schreier, S. Kuijken, A. Rudin, D. Liss, M. Inoue, B. Kelemen, A. Sladkovsky and many other outstanding performers and conductors.

Yury Martynov is a laureate of such international contests as: “Maria Canals”, Barcelona (the first prize), “Ennio Porrino”, Cagliari (the first prize), Ville d’Epinal (the second prize), “W.A.Mozart”, Salzburg (the first prize).

Yury Martynov was the first musician in Russia who performed the “Well-tempered Clavier” of I.S. Bach on clavichord, and who presented a range of solo and chamber compositions by P. Philips, T. Tallis, J. Schobert,  A. Eberl, I. Prach and other composers of Renaissance, Baroque and early Classicism to the Russian public.

The discography of Martynov including several CDs recorded and released on famous Russian and foreign record studios. From 2011 Martynov’s CDs will be released exclusively on the labels of OUTHERE-music (generally on the label “ZigZag - territoire”). The musician also made fund records for the “Orfey” and “Culture” radio stations of Russia, BBC, France-musique, ORT 1 and WDR.

Yury Martynov is the first (and only one musician at the moment) who recorded Beethoven’s complete symphonies in Liszt’s transcription for the Piano solo on the instruments of the period (Erard 1837 and Blutnher 1867).

The CDs realized by OUTHERE-music were mentioned by the most prestigious Magazins: “Diapason d’Or”, “BBC Monthly choice”, “5 stars” by Guardian, “Choc de la musique” by Classica Magazine etc.

Yury Martynov started his pedagogical career in 1994 as an assistant of Professor M.S. Voskresenskiy at the Moscow State Conservatory “P.I. Tchaikovsky”. From 2003 he is an associate professor, in 2006-2010 – the head of the department of keyboard instruments and of the chamber ensemble of the Department of Historical and Contemporary Performance Art, from 2013 – full professor.

Today Martynov’s students are musicians who proved their professionalism taking the first prizes on International contests in Moscow, St-Petersburg, Brugge, Gmunden, San-José, etc. They are successful musicians performing in the best halls of Moscow and St-Petersburg, in other Russian cities and abroad; many of them give lectures including in their Alma Mater. Among them there are: A. Gindin, A. Shevchenko, K. Volostnov, S. Kudryakov, S. Kuznetsov, A. Koreneva, V. Khomyakov, etc.

Yury Martynov gives master classes in many Russian cities and abroad (USA, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Turkey, Kazakhstan etc.