Grigory Sokolov

Biography

Born: April 18, 1950; Leningrad, Russia  
Grigory Sokolov is among the most important Russian pianists to have emerged from the latter half of the twentieth century. His career has both suffered and thrived from restraints foisted on him by Soviet authorities: like other iconic Russian keyboard giants of the past, in particular Sviatoslav Richter and Lazar Berman, he was prohibited from appearance in the West for a time, but when he finally debuted in western Europe and the United Read more States, his career took a meteoric upswing, with Sokolov suddenly in heavy demand in the world's major concert halls. Another aspect to Sokolov's career that has added to his charismatic though eccentric persona has been his general avoidance of the recording studio. Most of his recordings are drawn from live concerts, and they attest to his virtuosity and interpretive genius in unusual but generally conservative fare: while his repertory takes in Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev, it also includes Byrd, Couperin, Rameau, and Froberger. Sokolov has recorded for several labels, including Melodiya, Opus 111, and Naïve Classics.

Sokolov was born in Leningrad, Russia, on April 18, 1950. At five he was playing the piano and two years later began studies with Liya Zelikhman. At 15, as a student at the Leningrad Conservatory under Moisey Khalfin, he captured first prize in the prestigious Russian National Competition. More impressive, he won the Tchaikovsky International Competition in 1966, at 16, still the youngest pianist ever given that most coveted of competition medals.

In the wake of his victory Sokolov became an instant celebrity in his homeland, appearing as soloist with the major orchestras and as recitalist in the most important concert halls. But he was not allowed to concertize in the West by Soviet authorities until the late '80s. In the meantime he taught piano at the Leningrad Conservatory from 1975 as an adjunct to his concert and recording activity. In 1990 his Paris debut was a sensation, and he became an overnight celebrity in the United States as well. Sokolov continued to impress his admirers in the new century: his November 2006 concerts in Paris and Dusseldorf, playing the same program of Bach, Beethoven, and Scriabin works in each city, drew rave reviews. His recordings include the Naïve Classics DVD of his live Paris concert from November 2002 containing works of Beethoven, Komitas, and Prokofiev. Read less
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  • 1.
    Chopin: Preludes Op 28 / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40027 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Grigory Sokolov Plays Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Saint-saens
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002078 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra
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    Bach: Goldberg Variations / Sokolov
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002049 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 5.
    Sokolov - Complete Recordings
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30528 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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  • 6.
    Chopin / Grigory Sokolov, Janusz Olejniczak [4-CD Set]
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30494 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  Janusz Olejniczak
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    Chopin: Preludes Op 28, Sonata No 2 / Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 40007 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Les Classiques Au Soleil
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giovanni Paolo Foscarini,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Rolf Lislevand,  Veronica Cangemi,  Grigory Sokolov  ... 
    Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jean-Claude Malgoire,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Alain Lombard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Mosaïques String Quartet,  Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Grigory Sokolov - Live In Paris
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3073888 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Komitas Vardapet  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Esprit - Melancolique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5172 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Gabriel Fauré,  George Frideric Handel,  Tomaso Albinoni  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Korcia,  Grigory Sokolov,  Anne Gastinel,  Sandrine Piau
    Conductor:  Giovanni Antonini,  Christophe Rousset,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Laurence Equilbey  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques,  Il Giardino Armonico,  English Baroque Soloists  ... 
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    Esprit - Romantique
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5170 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Luigi Boccherini,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  Philippe Cassard,  Claire Désert,  Anne Gastinel  ... 
    Conductor:  John Nelson,  Fabio Biondi,  Christoph Eschenbach
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Orchestre de Paris
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    Esprit - Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 05/26/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Hopkinson Smith,  Sara Mingardo,  Rolf Lislevand,  Philippe Jaroussky  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Laurence Equilbey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Italiano,  Ensemble Kapsberger,  Accentus  ... 
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    Courbet - Les Musiques - Chopin, Etc / Sokolov, Et Al
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5118 Release Date: 02/26/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Traditional,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov,  François-Frédéric Guy,  Anne Gastinel,  Albert Thierry  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Laurence Equilbey,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF National Orchestra,  Végh String Quartet,  Accentus  ... 
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    Chopin: Preludes, Sonate No 2, Etudes / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30456 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Instant Classics - Beethoven - Clair De Lune
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5102 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Danielle Laval,  Jénö Jandó,  Laurent Cabasso,  Philippe Cassard  ... 
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    Instant Classics - Chopin: Tristesse
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5105 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Janusz Olejniczak,  Grigory Sokolov,  Rafael Orozco
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    Classique & Zen
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5097 Release Date: 08/28/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Schubert,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anne Gastinel,  Claire Désert  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Christophe Spinosi,  Rolf Lislevand,  Howard Griffiths,  Rinaldo Alessandrini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mosaïques String Quartet,  Matheus Ensemble,  Ensemble Kapsberger
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    Melancolie
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5036 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Philip Glass,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Lina Mkrtchyan,  Evgeni Talisman,  Adele Anthony  ... 
    Conductor:  Takuo Yuasa,  Laurence Equilbey,  Rinaldo Alessandrini,  Jorma Panula  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ulster Orchestra,  Accentus,  Concerto Italiano  ... 
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    Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30421 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30386 Release Date: 02/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Beethoven: Diabelli Variations / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 914125 Release Date: 06/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Schubert: Sonatas D. 894 & 960 / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 913593 Release Date: 06/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Romantique - Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schumann
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 4976 Release Date: 03/16/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Laurent Cabasso,  Karl Engel,  Danielle Laval,  Péter Nagy  ... 
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    Brahms: Ballades Op 10, Piano Sonata No 3 / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30366 Release Date: 10/08/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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    Bach: Art Of Fugue, Partita No 2 / Grigory Sokolov
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 30346 Release Date: 06/11/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
    Performer:  Grigory Sokolov
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