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What the critics say:

“A prizewinner of national and international competitions, pianist and composer Arsentiy Kharitonov has been heard in solo recitals and with orchestras in Russia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. His style is unlike any of his contemporaries, and harkens back to earlier times... Trumping some of the more prominent musical gymnasts, there is genuine poetry here and a rare sincerity issuing, it seems, from the deeper reaches of the human heart.”

— New York Observer

“…a display of dazzling technical fireworks, sumptuous tone, broad dramatic range, and elegant phrasing that places him among the great keyboard players of today.”

— Fanfare Magazine

“While fully in command of the technical and emotional demands of the music”, he is described as a pianist of “sumptuous tone, technical mastery, broad dramatic range of an astonishing breadth, and elegant phrasing.”

— Fanfare Magazine

“Arsentiy Kharitonov offered a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff that afforded a display of dazzling technical fireworks, sumptuous tone, broad dramatic range, and elegant phrasing that places him among the great keyboard players today.”

— The New York Observer

“The Russian pianist and composerArsentiy Kharitonov provided the riveting catharsis we seek to experience at any concert at Carnegie Hall on May 20. Giving two standing ovations, the audience seemed to understand that here is a young man with a strong ability to draw from a wellspring of deep emotion.”

— Epoch Times 

“…there is genuine poetry here, the ring of truth, and a rare sincerity issuing from a deep place in the pianist’s heart.” 

— Fanfare Magazine 

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“The Russian pianist and composer, Arsentiy Kharitonov, proved to be the newest addition to the top ranks of this season’s artists,” said The New York Observer, citing his Carnegie Hall debut as one of the top six concerts of the season. Fanfare Magazine writes, “Arsentiy Kharitonov’s sumptuous tone, technical mastery, broad dramatic range, and elegant phrasing place him in the top ranks of keyboard players today. Above this, and trumping most of the musical gymnasts of the day, there is genuine poetry here, the ring of truth, and, it seems to me, a rare sincerity issuing from a deep place in the pianist’s heart.” 

Hailing from St. Petersburg, this remarkable artist is first-prize winner of the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition (US). After also winning the Rachmaninov Competition (Russian Federation), he began his concert career with engagements throughout Europe including appearances at Philharmonic Hall, and the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, at the Royal Conservatory, Stockholm, and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, followed by Asian tours with performances in the major halls of, among others, Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul.

On this continent, he has appeared—among others—at the Music and Beyond Festival in Ottawa, at the National Gallery of Art and Catholic University of Washington, DC, in Dallas, Los Angeles, with orchestra at the Tabernacle at Temple in the Square, Salt Lake City, at St. John’s Cathedral, Steinway Hall, and Carnegie Hall in NYC. 

The Observer wrote of the latter concert, “…his style is unlike any of his contemporaries, and harkens back to earlier times. The dynamic range had an astonishing breadth and the lyric passages were especially captivating. Rachmaninov’s structurally awkward Variations on a Theme of Chopin became a gracefully proportioned whole unlike this reviewer has heard before. This was a performance to remember.” 

Upcoming will be performances at the Tchaikovsky country estate and the Rachmaninov House in Russia, the Frick Collection in New York, and at concert series and festivals in Canada and the United States, Mexico and Germany. 

Besides his concerts activities, Kharitonov has also been giving masterclasses in North America, China and Russia—as, e.g., at the College of Music in St Petersburg and Belgorod, the Philharmonic in Belgorod, and at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. 

The artist’s recordings for Toccata Classics include the complete piano works of Leo Ornstein as well as the complete chamber works of Robert Kahn. Masterpieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin can be heard on the Hartshorn Classical label. His latest recordings offer works by Bach/Siloti, Schubert, Mussorgsky, and Kharitonov on the Sound Atlas label; his set of six Etudes along with Schumann’s Kreisleriana was just released on Sound Atlas. 

Kharitonov currently teaches in Denton, TX. while maintaining a busy schedule of recordings and concert appearances worldwide.

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More what the critics say:

“His style is unlike any of his contemporaries, and harkens back to earlier times. The Silver Age pianist Alexander Goldenweiser comes to mind. His dynamic range had an astonishing breadth and the lyric passages were especially captivating.”

— The New York Observer 

“Arsentiy Kharitonov’s connection to the audience was immediate and his artistry was astounding.”

— Shanghai Sun 

“A penetrating performance. Kharitonov is a master of interpretation. He has golden hands, but apart from his superior execution he displays genuine emotion.”

— Russian Thought 

“Kharitonov is a deep, poetic, and practical artist who is in the process of receiving the recognition he justly deserves.”

— Classical Voice Magazine 

“Arsentiy Kharitonov seems fully in command of the technical and emotional demands of the repertoire, and the sound is nothing short of gorgeously close and warm.”

— MusicWeb International 

“Impulsive and meticulous by turns, the Russian-born, award-winning Arsentiy Kharitonov (of the 1991 Sergei Rachmaninoff Competition and the 2003 Slavic Music Competition, among others) seems an ideal advocate of this utterly captivating music.”

— Fanfare Magazine 

“Experiencing the composer and pianist Arsentiy Kharitonov playing his concert Études opus 44, one can imagine the great representatives of this genre of music listening wide-eyed, open-mouthed and spellbound. Kharitonov’s Études are are not only in the tradition of their great forerunners but are on a par with them. Neither Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov nor Prokofiev could have played their own concert Études with more virtuosity. These are vivid contemporary works—breathtaking, fiery and magical. A rather unique experience these days.” 

— Nikolaus Schlapfl, pianist/composer