2024 Competition Jury

Mikhaïl Voskresensky


Sponsored by Drs. Awilda and Luis Ramos

Famous Russian pianist Mikhaïl Voskresensky continues to intensively concertize around the world for more than 60 years. The top prize winner of many international piano competitions, including The First Van Cliburn competition, Voskresensky has captivated audiences with his electrifying interpretations of the great piano literature of all styles.

Born in the city of Berdyansk (Ukraine), Voskresensky graduated from Moscow Conservatory. His teachers were the famous Lev Oborin (first prize winner of the First Chopin Competition in Warsaw), Ilia Klyachko, Jacob Milstein, Boris Zemliansky and Leonid Roizman (organ). Voskresensky’s career began with a performance of Chopin’s 2nd Piano Concerto in Warsaw with the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra under the baton of Eugeny Svetlanov. In 1957 he played the premiere of Shostakovich Second Piano Concerto in the Prague Spring Festival in the presence of the composer himself, who held his performance in high esteem. 

On his YouTube channel “Mikhail Voskresensky – pianist” there are more than 100 videos and recordings of his recitals and concertos with orchestra. The last live recordings include: the 27 piano concertos of Mozart, all of Beethoven’s concertos and the Choral Fantasy, and many recitals. Voskresensky is a distinguished professor of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, serving as chair of the piano faculty. Since 1992 he is also a guest professor of Toho Gakuen School in Tokyo.

His pupils have won more than 120 international prizes, including 61 gold medals. He has adjudicated many international competitions as well as the Tchaikovsky and Scriabin (chairman of jury) competitions in Moscow. Voskresensky was awarded the highest artistic  title in Russia – People Artist of Russia (1989), the Japanese Order “the Rising Sun”, the Russian Imperial House medal of Saint Anne, the Nicolai Rubinstein gold medal of Moscow conservatory, to name a few. In June of 2022 Voskresensky left Russia with his family as a protest against the war in Ukraine, and in August immigrated to the U.S.A. Currently he is an Artist-in-Residence of the Juilliard School of Music in New York.