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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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
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TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
I. Allegro inquieto - Poco meno - Andantino
II. Andante caloroso - Poco piu animato - Piu largamente - Un poco agitato
III. Precipitato
I. Exaudet's Minuet
II. Lisette
III. Good Old Granny
IV. Mother, Please explain
V. Capricious Shepherd Maid
VI. Would that I were the lowly fern
VII. Oh, come again, beautiful Spring
No. 1. in G major
No. 2. in A major
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro, ma non troppo (Cheerful feelings arriving in the countryside)
II. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)
III. Allegro (Happy gathering of villagers)
IV. Allegro (Thunder-storm)
V. Allegretto (Shepherd's song: Feeling of thankfulness after the storm)
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace - Trio un poco meno Allegro - Tempo I - un poco meno Allegro - Tempo I
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
I. Poco sostenuto - Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro con brio
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro, ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Presto - Recitative - Allegro assai -
V. Allegro assai vivace, alla marcia
No. 1. Karneval
No. 2. Pastell (Fr. Sch.)
No. 3. Skizze (Joh. Br.)
No. 4. Momento capriccioso
No. 5. Berceuse
No. 6. Kontraste
No. 7. Profil (Fr. Ch.)
No. 8. Silhouette (Fr. L.)
No. 9. Satire
No. 10. Karikatur
No. 11. Tyll Ulenspiegel
No. 12. Legende
No. 13. Humoreske (uber 4 Noten)
No. 14. Franzosisch
No. 15. Elegie
No. 16. Perpetuum mobile
No. 17. Menuett
No. 18. Schuhplattler
No. 19. Valse macabre
No. 20. Abendglocken (Angelus)
No. 21. Orientale
No. 22. Wienerisch
No. 23. Eine Sage
No. 24. Portrait (Joh. Str.)
I. Allegro Maestoso
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo-Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro brillante
II. Andante non troppo
III. Allegro con fuoco
I. Quasi Rondo: Andante mosso
II. Contrastes: Andante cantabile
I. Allegretto
II. Largo
III. Moderato (con moto) - Allegretto con moto - Adagio - Moderato
I. March: in the tempo of a March
II. Valse: in the tempo of a Waltz
III. Sad Tale: Adagio
VI. Merry Tale: Allegro
V. The Bear: Allegretto
VI. Clockwork Doll: Allegretto
VII. Birthday [no tempo indication]
No. 2 in A minor: Allegro moderato e scherzando (Op. 2, No. 5)
No. 3 in G major: Andante (Op. 2, No. 2)
No. 4 in E minor: Allegro moderato
No. 15 in D flat major: Moderato (Op. 2, No. 7 or 8)
No. 18 in F minor: Andantino (Op. 2, No. 6)
I. Allegro vivace e con brio
II. Allegretto scherzando
III. Tempo di menuetto
IV. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro, ma non troppo, un poco maestoso
II. Molto vivace
III. Adagio molto e cantabile - Andante moderato
IV. Presto - Recitative - Allegro assai -
IV. Allegro assai vivace, alla marcia
I. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
II. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
III. Allegro con fuoco
Andante
Allegro Maestoso
I. Moderato - Allegro
II. Adagio sostenuto
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Allegro ma non tanto
II. Intermezzo: Adagio
III. Finale: Alla breve
No. 1 in C major
No. 2 in A minor
No. 3 in G major
No. 4 in E minor
No. 5 in D major
No. 6 in B minor
No. 7 in A major
No. 8 in F sharp minor
No. 9 in E major
No. 10 in C sharp minor
No. 11 in B major
No. 12 in G sharp minor
No. 13 in F sharp minor
No. 14 in E flat minor
No. 15 in D flat major
No. 16 in B flat minor
No. 17 in A flat major
No. 18 in F minor
No. 19 in E flat major
No. 20 in C minor
No. 21 in B flat major
No. 22 in G minor
No. 23 in F major
No. 24 in D minor
No. 1: March
No. 2: Waltz
No. 3: Polka
Theme: Largo
Variation 1: Moderato
Variation 2: Allegro
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5: Meno mosso
Variation 6: Meno mosso
Variation 7: Allegro
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10: Piu vivo
Variation 11: Lento
Variation 12: Moderato
Variation 13: Largo
Variation 14: Moderato
Variation 15: Allegro scherzando
Variation 16: Lento
Variation 17: Grave
Variation 18: Piu mosso
Variation 19: Allegro vivace
Variation 20: Presto
Variation 21: Andante
Variation 22 and Coda: Maestoso
I. Elegie
II. Prelude
III. Melodie
IV. Polichinelle
V. Serenade
I. Allegro agitato - Meno mosso
II. Non allegro - Lento - Piu mosso
III. Allegro molto - Poco meno mosso - Presto
I. Allegro, ma non troppo (Cheerful feelings arriving in the countryside)
II. Andante molto moto (Scene by the brook)
III. Allegro (Happy gathering of villagers)
IV. Allegro (Thunder-storm)
V. Allegretto (Shepherd's song: Feeling of thankfulness after the storm)
I. Adagio - Allegro vivace
II. Adagio
III. Allegro vivace - Trio un poco meno Allegro - Tempo I - un poco meno Allegro - Tempo I
IV. Allegro, ma non troppo
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Andante cantabile con moto
III. Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace
IV. Adagio - Allegro molto vivace
I. Allegro con brio
II. Marcia funebre: Adagio assai
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
Prelude No. 1 in C major: Moderato
Fugue No. 1 in C major: Moderato
Prelude No. 2 in A minor: Allegro
Fugue No. 2 in A minor: Allegretto
Prelude No. 3 in G major: Moderato non troppo
Fugue No. 3 in G major: Allegro molto
Prelude No. 4 in E minor: Andante
Fugue No. 4 in E minor: Adagio
Prelude No. 5 in D major: Allegretto
Fugue No. 5 in D major: Allegretto
Prelude No. 6 in B minor: Allegretto
Fugue No. 6 in B minor: Allegro poco moderato
Prelude No. 7 in A major: Allegro poco moderato
Fugue No. 7 in A major: Allegretto
Prelude No. 8 in F sharp minor: Allegretto
Fugue No. 8 in F sharp minor: Andante
Prelude No. 9 in E major: Moderato non troppo
Fugue No. 9 in E major: Allegro
Prelude No. 10 in C sharp minor: Allegro
Fugue No. 10 in C sharp minor: Moderato
Prelude No. 11 in B major: Allegro
Fugue No. 11 in B major: Allegro
Prelude No. 12 in G sharp minor: Andante
Fugue No. 12 in G sharp minor: Allegro
I. Adagio molto - Allegro con brio
II. Larghetto
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Allegro molto
I. Allegro con brio
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro moderato
Moderato
Lento
Allegro energico (Passacaglia)
Moderato - Allegro - Grave
Adagio
Allegro vivo - Allegro moderato - Largo
Thema: Vivace
Variation I: Alla Marcia maestoso
Variation II: Poco allegro
Variation III: L'istesso tempo
Variation IV: Un poco piu vivace
Variation V: Allegro vivace
Variation VI: Allegro ma non troppo e serioso
VVariation VII: Un poco piu allegro
Variation VIII: Poco vivace
Variation IX: Allegro pesante e risoluto
Variation X: Presto
Variation XI: Allegretto
VarVariation XII: Un poco piu moto
Variation XIII: Vivace
VarVariation XIV: Grave e maestoso
VaVariation XV: Presto scherzando
Variation XVI: Allegro
Variation XVII
Variation XVIII: Poco moderato
Variation XIX: Presto
Variation XX: Andante
Variation XXI: Allegro con brio
Variation XXII: Allegro molto alla 'Notte e giorno faticar' di Mozart
Variation XXIII: Allegro assai
Variation XXIV: Fughetta: Andante
Variation XXV: Allegro
Variation XXVI: Piacevole
Variation XXVII: Vivace
VariaVariation XXVIII: Allegro
Variation XXIX: Adagio ma non troppo
Variation XXX: Andante, sempre cantabile
Variation XXXI: Largo, molto espressivo
Variation XXXII: Fuga: Allegro
Variation XXXIII: Tempo di Minuetto moderato
Thema: Tempo moderato
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V
Theme
Variation I
Variation II
Variation III
Variation IV
Variation V: Con espressione
Variation VI: Allegro, Alla Marcia
Variation VII: (Allegro) - Adagio - Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. Allegretto
I. Molto lento
II. Tempestoso. Largo
III. Lento
I. Fantasia: Adagio - Maestoso
II. Fuga: Allegro con brio
III. Siciliana: Andante espressivo
IV. Finale: Presto - Vivace, con fuoco