Ever since world-renowned Russian pianist Nikolai Demidenko won third prize in the 1978 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, he has enjoyed a brilliant international career as a concert pianist and is a frequent guest at all major concert halls and music festivals worldwide. Demidenko is regularly featured as a recitalist and concerto soloist with leading international orchestras and conductors, including the St Petersburg Philharmonic and Yuri Temirkanov. He also enjoys a fruitful collaboration with several Russian artists who have made their homes in London; a cello and piano duo with Leonid Gorokhov; piano quartets with the exciting new Hermitage String Trio; and a two-piano partnership with Dmitri Alexeev, who studied with Demidenko at the Moscow Conservatoire under Dmitri Bashkirov. Demidenko has recorded albums featuring pieces by composers such as Bach, Chopin, Clementi, Liszt, Medtner, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov, Schubert and Schumann and has won several gramophone awards. This season, Demidenko is appearing with the Adelaide Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Barcelona Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Ulster and Halle orchestras. He will give a recital in Hong Kong on September 29 as part of the 'Great Music' series.