Yury Martynov


Yury Martynov 

Is one of the most interesting and versatile Russian musicians of our times, in whose performance the best traditions of both Russian and Western-European keyboard schools are combined with his unique personality. There are few performers these days able to play so many instruments and styles with equal brilliance.

Yury Martynov graduated from the Central Special Musical School of Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory both as a pianist (taught by Prof. S. Dijour) and music theorist (taught by Prof. Y.Kholopov). Graduated from Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory both as a pianist (taught by Prof. M. Voskresenskiy) and organist (taught by Prof. A. Parshin), with academic honors); post-graduate studies finished under the guidance of Prof.

M. Voskresensky.
Studied with Prof. I. Wjunisky (the Conservatory Jean Wiener in Bobigny, France) and at the Claude Debussy Conservatory in Paris; both finished with gold medals.
Since 1989, Yury Martynov has been giving concerts reciting various programs both as a soloist and a chamber player at the best concert halls of Russia, the countries of CIS and Europe, as well as of Japan, Turkey and the USA. He took part in many prestigious festivals over Russia and abroad, including: Svyatoslav Richter’s “December Evenings” in Moscow, the Mozartfest in Würzburg, the Sans-Souci festival in Potsdam, the Rheingau Music Festival, ‘The Rarities of Keyboard Music’ in Husum (Germany), Early Music Festival in
St. Petersburg, a Contemporary Music Festival ‘The Moscow Autumn’, the ‘Music and Nature’ in Bauges (France), the BRQ Festival in Vantaa (Finland), Early Music Christmas Festival in York (the UK) and many others. Among his partners on stage are A. Lubimov,
M. Brunello, Ph. Jaroussky, N. Gutman, S. Sondeckis, P. Schreier, S. Kuijken, B. Tevlin,
A. Rudin, D. Liss, M. Inoue, B. Kelemen, A. Sladkovsky, as well as other outstanding performers and conductors.
Laureate of the International Music Competition Maria Canals of Barcelona (first prize); the International Piano Competition “Ennio Porrino” in Cagliari, Italy (first prize); Concours Artistique d’Épinal (second prize), the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg (first prize).
Yury Martynov was the first musician in Russia who performed the «Well tempered clavier» on clavichord. He also presented a range of solo and chamber compositions by Peter Philips, Thomas Tallis, Johann Schobert, Anton Franz Joseph Eberl, Jan Bogumir Práč and other composers of the time of Renaissance, Baroque and early Classicism to the Russian audience.

Yury Martynov has recorded and released a series of CDs at some famous Russian and foreign recording studios. Since 2011, his CDs have been released exclusively under the labels of Outhere Music. Archival recordings were made for such radio stations as the BBC (the UK), France Musique (France), ORT 1 (Austria) and WDR (Germany).

The CDs released under Zig-Zag Territoires have been mentioned by such highly prestigious magazines as Diapason d’or, “BBC Music choice of the Month”, “Choc de la musique” by Classica Magazine etc.


Yury Martynov started his teaching career in 1994 as an assistant of Prof. M. Voskresensky at Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory. Associate professor since 2003. Chairman of the Keyboard Instruments & Chamber Music of the Department of Early and Contemporary Performance Art (2006–2010). Full Professor since 2013.

Yury Martynov’s students are successful musicians who teach master classes, perform at best concert halls and win their highest awards at various international contests in Moscow,
St. Petersburg, Brügge, Gmunden, San José and other cities all over the world. Among them are A. Gindin, A. Shevchenko, K. Volostnov, S. Kudryakov, S. Kuznetsov, A. Koreneva,

V. Khomyakov and others.
Yury Martynov has been teaching master classes on a regular basis both in Russia and abroad, including such countries as France, Germany, Croatia, Turkey, Kazakhstan, the USA etc.).

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NameMartynov, Yury
Date of Birth1969-01-24
Born inRussia, Europe
Home LocationMoscow, Russia
Main languageRussian
Additional languages French,  English 
attended UniversitiesMoscow State Conservatory
a pianistic tour de force in Martynov's hands
""It took a persuasive letter from his publisher to get him to finish what he had started, and the result, in Martynov's exceptional hands, is thrilling and remarkable. It's no substitute for the splendours of the original, of course, but it is an authentic musical experience in its own right, and a real pianistic tour de force. The double fugue at the climax of the finale is especially dazzling, and Martynov's handling of it equally remarkable, and in all four movements there are details usually obscured in orchestral performances which come to light, thanks to his meticulous phrasing and colouring of every bar.""
(Andrew Clements)
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L'oreille de Liszt, les doigts de Martynov et les couleurs de son piano historique exaltent la grandeur visionnaire de Beethoven.

Un piano, deux pianos, avec ou sans chœur ? ", demande la Symphonie n° 9. Yuri Martynov, au terme de son intégrale, la plus aboutie et la plus originale de la discographie, répond par le Blüthner de 1867 de la collection d'Edwin Beunk qu'il avait déjà choisi pour des Symphonies nos 3 et 8 qui ne nous avaient pas totalement convaincus. Alors que nous pensions entendre une lecture d'une grande clarté polyphonique, nous sommes surpris par la puissance sonore.
Faites le test : passez alternativement d'une version symphonique (sur instruments anciens) à cette transcription. On confond rapidement les deux. Le rebond des percussions, la frénésie des étagements sonores, le souffle épique, l'héroïsme trépidant, la virtuosité du rubato même, la projection du chant dans l'Adagio, l'illusion des crescendos dans le finale... Il y a dans cette lecture autant de mystère que d'ardeur spirituelle. On franchit ainsi les portes du romantisme à l'époque de Liszt et de Habenek, le chef français dont Wagner disait que lui seul restituait la grandeur des symphonies de Beethoven. Quel orchestre ! Pardon : quel pianiste !

(Stéphane Friédérich)
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BEETHOVEN/LISZT Symphony No 9 Piano Transcription
""Yury Martynov is one of the few pianists around with the technical resources, musical grasp and conviction to recreate this legacy persuasively. In doing so, he amply demonstrates its continued usefulness and vitality. It seems safe to say that he has given us the Beethoven-Liszt cycle for our time, and one unlikely soon to be superseded.""
(Patrick Rucker)
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... Martynov is absolutely superb!
 Musicweb International,

...Yury Martynov on his old Blüthner can stand amongst the best of any recordings on newer instruments, and as a performance in sounds that would have been home turf to its creator this has to be a leading choice."

(Dominy Clement)
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