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Evgeny Moguilevsky
Concertist
Professor at
Conservatoire Royale 
de Bruxelles

Piano

Yevgeny Mogilevsky was born in Odessa in 1945. He comes from a famous musical family. His grandfather, Alexander Mogilevsky, was a celebrated violonist who toured worldwide, often performing with Scriabin, Rachmaninoff, and Medtner. His parents were both musicians and professors at the Odessa Conservatory. He first studied with his mother and gave his first public concert at the age of nine. 

Difficulties arose from his childhood: he was not accepted at the Stoliarsky School of Music because of the anti-semitism and nationalism was in force during the time of Stalin. It required considerable effort on the part of Professor Heinrich Neuhaus who did not hesitate to complain to the Soviet Minister for Culture so that the Ukranian authorities were obliged to allow the young Yevgeny Mogilevsky to study at the Stoliarsky School. In 1963, he passed the entrance examination for the Moscow Conservatory and entered the class of Heinrich Neuhaus, who had previously prepared Gilels and Richter. 

In 1964, Mogilevsky was one of the Soviet delegation's candidates to Brussels at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, where he won first prize at the age of 18. This triumph was followed by many invitations, notably from distinguished conductors such as André Cluytens, at the head of the Orchestre de Paris, and Bernard Heitink, conductor of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam. Sol Hurok organised several concerts in the United States on Mogilevsky's behalf, but none of these ever took place. Mogilevsky was not allowed to leave the country and was represented as being either too busy or ill. 

Yevgeny Mogilevsky learned by accident that he had been granted an award by the English "Harriet Cohen International Music Awards" foundation. However, he could only play in the West (The Netherlands) in 1969. New invitations continued to arrive, notably from Charles Munch, as well as for concerts in Canada, Australia and for the festival of Edinburgh, but Mogilevsky would not be authorized to play in the West until 1974. In 1973, in the United States, he won the prize for the best recording of the year, awarded by the Critic's Association of the Stereo Review magazine, for his recording of the Rachmaninoff Third Concerto with Kiril Kondrashin conducting the Moscow Philharmonic. 

Finaly, in 1974, the conductor Yevgeny Svetlanov invited him as soloist when the National State Orchestra of the U.S.S.R. toured Germany, Austria, Italy, and Belgium. Until 1980, he performed in the West: Austria, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico, Philippines, and Japan. He recorded with Victor and RCA. At the same time, he became a professor at the Moscow Conservatory. 

Suddenly, in 1980, a situation similar to that of 1964 was repeated. Mogilevsky was refused a passport to travel abroad and was no longer permitted to perform in the West, and even though he continued to receive many invitations, among others from Yevgeny Mravinsky, head of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra and many western impresarios, nothing happened. 
Finally, in 1987, he was permitted to serve as a member of the jury of the Queen Elisabeth of Belgium Competition. Since then, Mogilevsky has performed in Belgium, France and England. In 1989, he made his debut in London at the Royal Festival Hall with Svetlanov at the head of the English Philharmonia. He also conducted master classes at Tours and in Poland. In 1990, an extensive Australian debut tour took him from Melbourne to Singapore. He made his American debut in 1991 in San Francisco under the auspices of Today's Artists Concerts. 

Mr Mogilevsky's recent recordings include, on the Pavane label, an all-Chopin CD which includes the 24 Preludes and other works, and a CD of Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with the Moscow Philharmonic on the Melodyda/Victor, Japan label. 


Evgeny Moguilevsky est né à Odessa (Ukraine) en 1945. Ses parents sont tous les deux pianistes, et professeurs au Conservatoire d'Odessa. Il fait ses études depuis l'âge de six ans dans l'Ecole Centrale Musicale Stoliarsky à Odessa, dans la classe de sa maman, professeur Seraphima Moguilevsky. Il se produit beaucoup en Ukraine et en URSS, en récital et avec orchestre. A 18 ans, il commence ses études au Conservatoire Tchaikovsky de Moscou, dans la classe du professeur légendaire Heinrich Neuhaus (professeur de Gilels, Richter, Zak).

En 1964, à 18 ans, il reçoit le Grand Prix et la Grande Médaille d'Or du Concours International Reine Elisabeth. Ce prix lui apporte beaucoup d'invitations de chefs célèbres, tels que Cluytens, Charles Munch, Bernard Haitink, Kyrill Kondrashin, Svetlanov, Fedoseev, Rozdestvensky. L'impressario américain Sol Hurok organise de nombreux concerts et récitals pour lui aux Etats-Unis. Il se produit aux Pays-Bas, en Belgique, France, mais aussi au Festival d'Edinbourg. En 1973, il obtient le prix ''Disque de l'année'' par le Stereo Review Magazine pour l'enregistrement du Troisième Concerto de Rachmaninov avec Kyrill Kondrashin et l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Moscou.

A partir de l'année 1974, le chef Eugene Svetlanov l'invite comme soliste pour plusieurs tournées avec l'orchestre d'Etat de l'URSS, en Allemagne, Autriche, Italie, Espagne, Suisse, Suède, Finlande, Argentine, Brésil, Venezuela, Mexique, Philippines, Japon, Singapour, Australie, Nouvelle Zélande, etc. 

Entretemps il devient professeur de piano au Conservatoire Tchaikovsky de Moscou où il travaille jusqu'en 1992, il remporte aussi le Prix Harriett Cohen à Londres pour ses activités professionnelles, il fait des enregistrements pour JVC-Victor au Japon.

En 1987 et en 1991, il est invité en tant que membre du Jury au Concours International Reine Elisabeth en Belgique, à Bruxelles. Il se produit avec l'Orchestre PHilharmonia sous la baguette de Eugene Svetlanov à Londres dans le cadre du Royal Festival Hall, récital à la salle Gaveau (Paris). En 1990, il est nommé 'Professeur Emerite' a l'Université de Tel-Aviv, Rubin Academy of Music où il a reçu le Prix du Président de l'Université.

En 1992, il revient au Etats-Unis. Son Recital à Carnegie Hall apporte une critique très favorable du New York Times (Bernard Holland), il continue à Chicago (Orchestra Hall), Los Angeles (Ambassador Auditorium), Miami, Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Fransisco, il joue également à Montreal (Montreal Piano Festival), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), Australie (Sydney Festival, Melbourne), Corée du Sud, Singapore Symphony, Rio de Janeiro, Havana de Cuba. Il joue avec Gidon Kremer à son Festival de Lockenhaus. Il se produit également en trio 'Kremer-Maisky-Moguilevsky'.

En 1999, pour le Dixième Anniversaire de l'Unification de l'Allemagne, il joue à la Philharmonie de Berlin en présence du Chancelier H. Kohl, participe au Ruhr Piano Festival, aux Festivals de Martha Argerich à Buenos Aires (Teatro Colon), et à Kobe, Japon, au Festival Sviatoslav Richter à Tours (Grange du Meler), Festival Aix-en-Provence, le Festival 'les Etoiles des Nuits Blanches’ à Saint-Petersbourg, Festival Roque d'Antheron, Récital à Maastricht, concerts en Italie. Il est aussi nommé Professeur Emeritus à l'Université de Tokushima, Japon.

Il donne des cours d'été au Luxembourg, Abbaye de Floreffe (Belgique) et en Bretagne. Il compte prochainement faire une tournée en Amerique du Sud (Argentine, Venezuela, Brésil, Chili, Uruguay). Son CD du Troisième Concerto de Rachmaninov vient de sortir à nouveau avec grand succès a Buenos Aires. Depuis 1992, il réside en Belgique où il est Professeur au Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles.

January 2009

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