#1 Viktor MERZHANOV简介（ZZ）|
Viktor MERZHANOV is one of the most outstanding artists representing the 20th century Russian art of piano virtuosity. His first public appearance was in 1933 at the regional concert of young Russian musicians where he received first prize. He studied piano at the Moscow Conservatoire under the guidance of S. Feinberg and organ under the guidance of A. Gedike. He graduated from the conservatoire with honors (his name was written on the marble Board of Honors) in 1941. In 1946 he entered the All Union Competition performing Rachmaninoff third piano concerto. He shared first prize with the pianist Sviatoslav Richter. In 1949 he became a prize winner of the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. For 50 years he has played about 2000 solo, symphonic and chamber concerts in the USSR and abroad, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Rumania, Yugoslavia, China, Cuba, Canada, Uruguay, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, and etc. His symphonic concerts were played with 80 world renowned conductors such as K. Kondrashin, G. Rozhdestvensky, E. Svetlanov and others. About 100 concerts (solo and symphonic) were performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire. Since 1985 he has held the special Piano Chair of the Moscow Conservatoire. From 1973-1983 he taught at the Warsaw Conservatoire. During forty two years of his pedagogical work, more than 100 students have graduated and established their carriers as professional pianists. Many of them became prize winners at the international competitions. He has given Master Classes and lectures on piano methods throughout the world.
He is a president of the Russian Rachmaninoff Society and Board member of the International Music Union. Jury-Chairman of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Society. Jury-Chairman of the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition in Moscow, and also juror for many international piano competitions.
In addition to his activities as concert pianist, juror and educator professor Victor Merzhanov has made 24 recordings under the Melodya, Monitor and other labels.