Konstantin Scherbakov

Biography

Born: 1963; Barnaul, Siberia  
Konstantin Scherbakov is among the most ubiquitous and often-recorded pianists before the public today. The range of his repertory is vast and demanding, both technically and interpretively: he has recorded the complete solo piano outputs of Godowsky, Shostakovich, and Respighi; the complete piano/orchestral works of Medtner, Respighi, and Scriabin; and he is involved in other large projects including the complete Liszt piano transcriptions of Read more the Beethoven symphonies. His repertory also includes such disparate composers as Domenico Scarlatti, Liapunov, and Franck. Scherbakov has made numerous recordings since 1992, mostly for the Naxos label.

Scherbakov was born in the Siberian city of Barnaul in 1963. He was a child prodigy, first playing the piano at five and then making his debut with an orchestra at 11 in a performance of the Beethoven First Piano Concerto. He later moved to Moscow for studies at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he was mentored by his chief teacher there, Lev Naumov.

Scherbakov won the 1983 (first) Rachmaninov Competition and followed that victory with a string of others in Europe. He steadily built his career in the former Soviet Union, then made his first important appearance abroad at the 1990 Asolo (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, where he gave four recitals covering the complete solo piano output of Rachmaninov.

In 1992 he and his family relocated to Switzerland and thereafter his career had a rather meteoric rise. EMI introduced Scherbakov via its Debut Series in a disc of Johann Strauss II waltz paraphrases by Reger, Tausig, Rosenthal, Cziffra, and others. Naxos signed him and his first recording, the Transcendental Etudes by Liapunov, was released in 1994 on that label's sister enterprise Marco Polo.

Amid a heavy concert and recording schedule, Scherbakov joined the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik Winterthur-Zurich in 1998. He also began regularly conducting master classes in pianism and appearing as a jury member for various prestigious piano competitions. In 2003 Scherbakov marked the 20th anniversary of his victory in the Rachmaninov Competition by giving four recitals that once more covered the composer's complete solo output. He also appeared with several orchestras (the Russian State Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony, the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, and others), performing the composer's four concertos. Among Scherbakov's later recordings is his 2006 Naxos CD of the Shostakovich Piano Sonata No. 2 and other Shostakovich works. Read less
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  • 1.
    Leopold Godowsky: Piano Music, Vol. 13
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225367 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Georges Bizet,  Benjamin Godard,  Carl Maria von Weber  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Beethoven: Eroica / Konstantin Scherbako
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039190 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Godowsky: Piano Music Vol 12 / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 225364 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Richard Strauss,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Leopold Godowsky: Piano Music, Vol. 11
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225350 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Soiree Russe / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039114 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    ME - On Wings Of Song / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Twopianists (Label)   Catalog: 1039107 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sigismund Thalberg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Easy-listening Piano Classics: Godowsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578093-95 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Ilona Prunyi,  Joseph Banowetz,  Alton Chan
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    Leopold Godowsky: Piano Music, Vol. 10
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225276 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Godowsky: Chopin Waltz Transcriptions Vol. 9 / Scherbakov
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225226 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Arensky: Piano Concerto, Fantasia / Yablonsky, Scherbakov, Russian PO
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570526 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Arensky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Naxos 20th Anniversary Concert - Virtuoso Music Of The 19th Century
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 2110227 Release Date: 05/27/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Markus Hadulla,  Tianwa Yang,  Wolf Harden,  Konstantin Scherbakov  ... 
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    Godowsky: Piano Music Vol 8 / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225274 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No 2, Etc / Scherbakov, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557824 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Andrey Kudryavtsev
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No 2, Etc / Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570092 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 23 / Konstantin Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557856 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Godowsky: Piano Music Vol 7 / Scherbakov
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225267 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    The Very Best Of Shostakovich
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552129 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Maria Kliegel,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Ekaterina Saranceva,  Dmitry Yablonsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Antoni Wit,  Ladislav Slovák,  Alexander Rahbari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet,  Stockholm Arts Piano Trio  ... 
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    Dmitry Shostakovich - A Portrait
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8558188 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Peter Mikulas,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Julius Drake,  Annette Bartholdy  ... 
    Conductor:  Ladislav Slovák,  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christopher Lyndon-Gee,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Orchestra,  Éder String Quartet  ... 
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    The Very Best Of Tchaikovsky
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8552117-18 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Ilona Prunyi,  Péter Sárosi,  György Porzolt,  Gábor Magyar  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Mogrelia,  Antoni Wit,  Ondrej Lenárd,  Adrian Leaper  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kosice Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Warsaw Polish Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  New Haydn Quartet  ... 
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    D. Scarlatti: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol 7 / Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554842 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Liszt: Complete Piano Music Vol 21 / K. Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557366 Release Date: 11/16/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Adagio Chillout
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556783 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  John Tavener,  John Rutter,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Beckley,  Konstantin Scherbakov,  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Maximiano Valdes,  Christopher Robinson,  Timothy Brown,  Theodore Kuchar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Principality of Asturias Symphonic Orchestra,  Cambridge St. John's College Choir,  City of London Sinfonia  ... 
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    Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos No 1 & 3 / Yablonsky, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557257 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Godowsky: Piano Music Vol 6 - Schubert Transcriptions / Scherbakov
    Label: Marco Polo   Catalog: 8225187 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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    Shostakovich: Piano Sonata No 1, 24 Preludes / Scherbakov
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555781 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Performer:  Konstantin Scherbakov
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