Evgeny Zarafianz

Overflowing romance, rich emotional expression...

deeply appealing,

Russian virtuoso pianism


“Singing out the melodic lines slowly and understating the harmonies…a rich lyricism dominates the whole…listen to your inner voice and have a sincere dialogue with the music.”

(Ongaku no Tomo 2010)

“Inheriting the tradition of Russian master pianism...a variety of sounds, a romantic and deep-spoken voice, rich emotional expressions...one of the rare pianists with genuine music.”

(Musica Nova 2010)

“Performance full of leeway to grasp the music … frankly the figure of the music as it is”

(Chopin 2010)

“Using an exquisite touch to play the piano without straining it, Schumann's two pieces are wonderful performances in which his uniqueness is able to express the romantic fantasy and poetry of his works. Expression of overflowing soul”

(Musica Nova 2012)

“He sang the melodic line with great detail, setting everything from the color of the sound, the perspective of the sound, and even the speed, and wrapped the venue in an overwhelming fantasy... Capturing the music on a grand scale, and focusing on his own objectivity. His stoic and stoic stance greatly contributes to bringing out the sublime quality of his work...”

(Ongaku no Tomo 2012)

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Evgeny Zarafiants , piano

Born in 1959 in Novosibirsk, Russia, to musician parents. From the age of 6, he received piano lessons from his father, and from the age of 8, he studied under Elena Hoven at the Central Music School attached to the Moscow Conservatory. Eventually, he was transferred to Orsk in the Southern Urals and spent a period of unhappiness when the road to the Moscow Conservatory was closed. In 1979, he graduated from the Orsk Conservatory at the top of his class. In 1980, he re-entered the Glinka Conservatory in Gorky City, and after graduating at the top of his class, he studied under Ilya Friedman at the graduate school to further his studies. During this time, he won prizes at the All-Russian Competition, the Rachmaninoff Competition, etc., and his name gradually spread throughout Russia through recitals and concerto appearances.

He received international attention when he won the 2nd prize at the 1993 Pogorelich International Competition (Pasadena, California, USA). Since then, he has lived in Croatia and has performed energetically mainly in Germany and Japan. Since the autumn of 1997, he has visited Japan almost every year, giving concerts and public lectures in Tokyo and other parts of the country.

2004 Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1 with Russian Philharmonic Orchestra (Conductor Alexander Bedernikov), 2005 Czech Prague Orchestra (Conductor Hideaki Muto) Beethoven Concerto No. 3, 2006 Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra (Johannes Wirtner) and Rachmaninoff's Concerto No. 2, and has demonstrated overwhelming ability in the field of chamber music.

In 2007, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his arrival in Japan, he performed in various places, including a recital at Kioi Hall and the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Super World Orchestra.

He is also active in recording, and has released 15 CDs from ALM Records (Kojima Recording) in Japan. Both albums, including the Special Edition of "Record Geijutsu", have received extremely high praise. He has also released three CDs from Naxos, and among the complete Scriabin Preludes, "Preludes No. 1" was selected as one of the top 10 of the month by British Gramophone magazine.

In 2005, he was selected as one of the world's 100 most notable pianists in the encyclopedia of the 21st century's greatest performers, "Ongaku no Tomo."

Since 2006, he has been teaching at the Zagreb National Conservatory.

A valuable orthodox school that inherits Russian pianism. The rich emotional expressions, overwhelming fantasy, and highly spiritual performances that stir the audience's soul impress the audience at every concert, and the number of enthusiastic fans continues to increase.

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