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Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel


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Jemima Pickersgill

Assistant Artist Manager


General management with Askonas Holt

 Partner Managers: Interartists (Benelux)

About Pavel

Following his seven-concert residency at the Aldeburgh Festival and sixth appearance at the BBC Proms last summer, the 2023/24 season sees Pavel Kolesnikov perform twice with the with the Danish National Symphony (with Susanna Mälkki and Manfred Honeck), debut with Cincinnati Symphony and Netherlands Philharmonic (both with Sir Mark Elder) and perform with the London Symphony Orchestra as part of Classical Pride. He also returns to the Philharmonia Orchestra (Alexandre Bloch), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Vasily Petrenko), Klavier Festival Ruhr and to Wigmore Hall where he was Artist-in-Residence during 2020/21.

Pavel is known for his cross-genre collaborations and narrative programmes. Recent examples include Celestial Navigation – a sequence of music featuring projections by architect Sophie Hicks and text by Martin Crimp – and his realisation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations with dancer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker which has been staged over fifty times across Europe. Pavel also regularly performs with pianist Samson Tsoy and the duo’s Carnegie Hall debut this season follows recent dates at Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw and London’s Southbank and Barbican centres.

Pavel won the Honens International Piano Competition in 2012 and was a BBC New Generation Artist between 2014-16. He has since worked with all the BBC orchestras, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, The Hallé, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona, City of Birmingham Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony and Stavanger Symphony among others. He regularly gives recitals at Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Park Avenue Armoury, La Roque-d’Anthéron, Konzerthaus Berlin, Piano aux Jacobins Festival and De Singel.

Pavel's discography for Hyperion includes albums of music by Reynaldo Hahn, Louis Couperin and Chopin.

Pavel is based in London


General management with Askonas Holt

 Partner Managers: Interartists (Benelux)

Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Royal Concert Hall, Notthingham
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
Nov 2023
Wigmore Hall
Solo recital: Górecki: For Anna Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest' Messiaen: La colombe Mozart: Piano Sonata in A K331 Górecki: For Anna Schubert: Piano Sonata in A minor D784
Jan 2024
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2 Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra Sir Mark Elder (conductor)


Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel
Pavel Kolesnikov © Eva Vermandel

Selected Repertoire

Bach, JSKeyboard Concerto in F major
BeethovenPiano Concertos No. 1-5
BrahmsPiano Concertos No. 1 & 2
BrittenPiano Concerto   •   Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra
ChopinPiano Concertos No. 1 & 2
LisztPiano Concertos No. 1 & 2
MozartPiano Concertos No. 9, 17, 20 & 22
RachmaninovPiano Concerto No. 3   •   Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
RavelPiano Concerto for the Left Hand   •   Piano Concerto in G major
Saint-SaënsPiano Concerto No. 2
ShostakovichPiano Concertos No. 1 & 2
TchaikovskyPiano Concertos No. 1 & 2   •   Concert Fantasia

Sample Programmes

  • Ravel & Mozart

    Mozart: Variations on a theme by Gluck Mozart: Adagio in F minor, from Sonate in F, KV280 Mozart: Sonata in C major KV330 interval Ravel: Oiseaux tristes, from Miroirs Mozart: Rondo in A minor, KV511 Ravel: Une barque sur l'ocean, from Miroirs Mozart: Rondo in F major, KV494 Ravel: Menuet Antique Mozart: Rondo in D major. KV485 Ravel: Pavane pour une infant défunte

  • Chopin & Schubert

    Chopin: Prelude Op. 45 Chopin: Waltz in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2 Chopin: Waltz in E major, KK IVa, No.12 Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 Chopin: Waltz in A flat major, Op. 42 Chopin: Nocturne in G minor, Op. 37, No. 1 Chopin: Nocturne in F major, Op. 15, No.1 Chopin: Nocturne in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1 Chopin: Mazurka in C sharp minor, Op. 50, No. 3 Chopin: Mazurka in A flat major, Op. 50, No. 2 Chopin: Mazurka in G sharp minor, Op. 33, No. 1 Chopin: Mazurka in C major, Op. 56, No. 2 Chopin: Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 interval Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat major, No. 21, D960



  • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
    Jan 2024
    • **** Then on to the stage for Liszt’s concerto came the elfin, bespectacled figure of pianist Pavel Kolesnikov. You’d expect such a figure to produce a perfect limpid tone in the lyrical passages, and so he did, making the melody float out effortlessly from the left-hand accompaniment like a ripple on a lake. What was startling was the way Liszt’s virtuoso octaves emerged so thunderously from under his figures, and with so little appearance of effort. Part of the fascination of this piece is that you’re never sure whether the hellfire moments are serious or ironic, and that uncertainty was especially acute in Kolesnikov’s sly, knowing performance. At one point, he thundered up the keyboard and suddenly stopped dead – but with a nicely judged pause, hand thrown up in a fine imperious gesture. If you have to go down to Hell, go down in style.

    • ***** ...conductor and soloist achieved a persuasive integrity... [Kolesnikov] proceeded to deliver a perfectly calibrated performance, virtuosity always placed at the service of the music. Variously thunderous, though never harsh, tender in the dreamy nocturne and glittering in the final pages, he brought character to the work’s episodic structure, equally alive to brilliance and introspection. What particularly impressed was his integration with the orchestra, not least the woodwind players and Jesper Svedberg’s soulful cello. Further evidence of Kolesnikov’s artistry was demonstrated in a Chopin waltz, an encore of drawing room intimacy.