Education and Early Career
Mikhail Kazakevich began his education at Gorky State Conservatoire (part of the Moscow Conservatoire) in 1980, and he concluded his studies there in 1986. His professor at Gorky State was Isaak Katz, who had been part of Alexander Goldenweiser’s studio. Mikhail graduated with honors, and he was retained as a Professor at the conservatory for eight years following his graduation.
His breakthrough performance occurred at the International Schubert Competition in 199, and in the wake of that publicity, he was asked to give many ensuing concerts throughout Germany and France. He ultimately won the Special Prize of SACEM in France for his skill in performing 20th century piano repertoire. Since then, he has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Recording & Repertoire
Mikhail Kazakevich records under the BMG/Conifer label, and he has recorded Beethoven’s 2nd and 4th piano concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Sir Charles Mackerra, as well as a number of works by Schumann and Schubert (he received a Special Award from the Schubert Society in 1992). You can also find purchase Mikhail’s recordings of Rachmaninov, Chopin, and his own arrangements of Mahler.
Prior to his appointment at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Mikhail was a professor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. As mentioned above, he also taught at the Gorky State Conservatoire following his graduation there. He also teaches masterclasses throughout the UK, and he serves as an adjudicator for piano festivals and competitions.