In recent years, Vassily Primakov has been hailed as a pianist of world class importance.
His first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at 17 came to New York to pursue studies at the Juilliard School with the noted pianist, Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard Mr. Primakov won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his debut recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year Primakov won First Prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s “Young Artist of the Year.” In 2009, Primakov’s Chopin Mazurkas recording was named “Best of the Year” by National Public Radio.
Vassily Primakov has released numerous recordings for Bridge Records, Tavros Records and Naxos.
In 2011, Mr. Primakov, along with his duo partner, Natalia Lavrova established a new and vibrant record company, LP Classics, Inc. Primakov’s Chopin recording on two discs featuring 3 sonatas, 4 Ballades and 4 Scherzos was featured as “Album of the Week” on WQXR.
In March 2012 Vassily Primakov became Yamaha Artist.