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Leonid Gorokhov
(Teaching Languages : German, English, Russian)
"I was bowled over when I first heard Leonid Gorokhov in a concert a few months ago. With a sound reminiscent of the legendary Emanuel Feuermann, Gorokhov is one of those rare artists who combines a natural communicative skill with awesome technical command."
_ Jeremy Nicolas, Classic FM Magazine

"I am delighted and thrilled to hear artistry of such superior order....."
_ Bernard Greenhouse
One of the finest cellists of his generation, Leonid Gorokhov often returns to his roots to perform in his home city of St. Petersburg. He studied at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire with Anatoli Nikitin and took part in masterclasses with Daniil Shafran.

Winner of Concertino Praga (1st Prize) and Paris Chamber Music Competition (Premier Grand Prix), Leonid Gorokhov is the only Russian cellist be awarded the Grand Prix and the First Prize of the Geneva Concours (1986).
In 1995 the European Association for Encouragement of the Arts awarded the Cultural Achievement Prize to Leonid Gorokhov for "exceptional talent and outstanding artistic accomplishment".

Since 2008, Leonid Gorokhov is a Professor at the "Hochschule für Musik und Theater" in Hannover, Germany.
In 1991 Leonid Gorokhov appeared as soloist with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin; their strong musical rapport led to further concerto engagement with the Bergen, Berlin and Royal Philharmonic, English Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and the Zurich Tonhalle.

In 1995 he made a triumphant return to Russia in performances of the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia Hungarica, again conducted by Lord Menuhin.

Recent engagements have included the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the UK and with the Enescu Philharmonic in Bucharest; he performed the Walton Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra in the UK and in Russia he played Haydn in C with the ST. Petersburg Philharmonic, Dvorak Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and the D'Albert Cello Concerto with the St. Petersburg Capella.

Highlights of this season include chamber music at the Fort Macleod International Festival, Canada; performances at the Mozart Festival and the Schumann Festival at the Hannover Musik Hochschule; recital at the Imperial College, London and an evening of Bach Cello Suites, concerts with the Hermitage String Trio at the Chateau Port Royal, France, Hamburg Musik Hochschule, Germany and Dart Festival, UK; masterclasses in Tarragona, Catalunya and Goslar, Germany.

Apart from his work as a soloist, Leonid Gorokhov is a founder member of the Hermitage String Trio and plays regularly as a duo with the pianists Kathryn Stott, Niklas Sivelov, Nikolai Demidenko and Gerard Wyss. Duo and Trio concerts have included the Bastad, Belfast, Eilat Winter, Oslo Chamber Music and Petworth Festivals, Munich and Wigmore Hall. In Australia, his residence at the Townsville Festival found him playing a wide variety of chamber music; in Russia he performed "Cello Dialogues" with Alexander Rudin at the Moscow Philharmonia; at the Athens Megaron he played a cello-guitar recital with Elena Papandreou and at the Bargemusic New York he played chamber music with Mark Peskanov. He has appeared at many prestigious festivals such as Budapest Spring, Corinthian Summer, Davos, Evian, Gstaad, Harrogate, Interlaken, Kuhmo, Ljubljana, Munich, Schleswig-Holstein and Spoleto.

Leonid Gorokhov undertakes regular recital tours of Japan and has played concertos with the Thailand Philharmonic and the Macau Chamber Orchestra. In Europe he has been invited to play among others with the Basel, BBC Scottish, Berlin Radio, Biel-Bienne and Norrkoping Symphony Orchestras; the Prague Philharmonic, Promusica Salzburg and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.

Leonid Gorokhov's discography includes recordings of Boccherini, Debussy, Haydn, Kodaly, Martinu, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Tortelier for Melodiya. For Supraphon he has recorded concertos by Martinu and Saint-Saens with the Brno Philharmonic conducted by Lord Menuhin and an album of works by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Stravinsky. Rarely performed gems feature on "Russian Discoveries" on the Olympia label and "Virtuoso Cello Transcriptions" on Cello Classics. His first recording with Nikolai Demidenko was an all-Schubert album for the Munich based AGPL label. This was followed by a recording of Schnittke, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich Sonatas on ASV Gold.


Leonid Gorokhov studierte Violoncello am St. Petersburg Konservatorium bei Anatoli Nikitin und nahm an Meisterkursen von Daniil Shafran teil.

Er ist der einzige russische Cellist, der den Grand Prix sowie den ersten Preis beim Geneva Concours (1986) gewann. 1995 verlieh ihm die "European Association for Encouragement of the Arts" den Cultural Achievement Prize für "aussergewöhnliches Talent und herausragende künstlerische Fähigkeiten".

1991 debütierte Leonid Gorokhov als Solist mit dem Philharmonischen Orchester St. Petersburg, dirigiert von Lord Menuhin. Konzerte mit den Orchestern in Bergen, Berlin und dem Royal Philharmonic English Symphony Orchestra, dem Sinfonia Varsovia und in der Züricher Tonhalle folgten. Vier Jahre darauf machte er, begleitet von der Ungarischen Philharmonie, eine grosse Konzerttournee durch Russland mit Edward Elgars Cellokonzert, wiederum dirigiert von Lord Menuhin.

Gorokhov konzertiert als Solist ebenso wie mit seinem Hermitage String Trio und im Duett mit den Pianisten Nikolai Demidenko, Niklas Sivelöv und Kathryn Stott. Er gab bereits Konzerte auf der ganzen Welt mit zahllosen renommierten Orchestern und auf vielen Festivals. Kürzliche Engagements beinhalteten weitere Konzerte von Elgar-Werken mit dem Enescu Philharmonieorchester in Bukarest und von Walton-Werken mit dem Philharmonie Orchester in Grossbritannien.

Gorokhovs Diskographie beinhaltet Aufnahmen von Boccherini, Debussy, Haydn, Kodaly, Martinu, Schostakowitsch und Tschaikowsky, von Martinu und Saint-Saens, Prokofjew oder Strawinsky. CDs sind bei den Labels Supraphon, Olympia Label, Cello Classic, AGPL und ASV Gold erschienen.

Gorokhov ist britischer Staatsbürger. Er war Professor an der Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Zum Wintersemester 2008/2009 hat er den Ruf auf eine Professur für Violoncello an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover angenommen.
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