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Mikhail Berestnev was born in the city of Slavyansk-na-Kubani of Krasnodar region in a family of musicians. He started playing piano at the age of five taking lessons at the local school of music named after Grigory Ponomarenko. Being a student of Irina Grebenkina he received prizes at the National Competitions in Russia named after Konstantin Igumnov in Lipetsk, "Inspiration" in a memory of Dmitry Schostakovich in Volgodonsk where he made also his debut with the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of eleven. Later on he became a recipient of a schoolarship from the government of the Krasnodar Region and Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation.

At the age of fourteen he was admitted to the State Gnessins College of Music where he spent four years in the studio of Professor Andrei Khitruk. During that years Mikhail was actively involved in process of developing his skills on piano with Maestro Khitruk, and was awarded few prizes at National and International Piano Competitions. These prizes include First Prize at the National Competition organized by Voronezh Central Music School, Third Prize and Audience Award on International Competition named after Gnessins in Moscow, Honorable Mention on the International Piano Competition named after Balakirev in Krasnodar. He successfully completed his studies at the College of Music and was excepted at the Russian Academy of Music named after Gnessins in the class of Honored Artist of Russia and Professor Alexei Skavronsky. After two years Mikhail Berestnev became a student of Chair of the Piano Department at the Academy of Music, Professor Vladimir Tropp. During those years being a student of Professor Tropp he became a Winner of International Music Competition "Delphic Games" and International Piano Competition named after Stanislav Neuhaus. He also became a Second Prize Winner on Piano Competition "Way to the Mastership" in Moscow. He continued to participate in concerts organized by Vladimir Spivakov International Music Foundation in solo performances and with orchestras. He also started to participate in concerts and master-classes organized by Saint Petersburg Music House.

After his graduation from Gnessins he moved to the United States on a full-schoolarship, and became a student at the Texas Christian University on Artist Diploma Program in the studio of Doctor Tamàs Ungàr. During those years he became a prize-winner of several prestigious International Piano Competitions such as Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia where he received fourth prize and special prize for the best performance of the music by Russian Composers. Later on he became a second prize winner on the BNDES International Piano Competition in Rio de Janeiro. During the same year he was also awarded third prize at the National Competition organized by Music Teachers National Association in New York and became overall winner on Sorantin International Young Artist Award.

After he finished his Artist Diploma he was accepted at the studio of Professor Joaquin Achucarro at the Meadows School of Arts in Dallas doing his Performance Diploma. During those years he released his debut solo album "Live Around the World" on Tune City Records. He was awarded also Harold von Mickwitz Piano Award for winning annual concerto competition and playing Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on the Theme by Paganini with Meadows Symphony Orchestra. Other highlights include recitals with violinists Emanuel Borok and Aaron Boyd for the Meadows Distinguished Artist Concert Series, world premiere of the piano trio written by composer Samuel Henderson played with Grammy Award Winner violinist Matt Albert, another world premiere of sonata for Horn and Piano written by Dallas - based composer Gregory Sullivan Isaacs played with principal horn of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra David Alan Cooper. Other collaborations include performances with members of "Seraphim Trio" from Melbourne, "Neo Camerata" Ensemble, San Paulo String Quartet, Odysseus Chamber Players, Cezanne Quartet and Julius Quartet.

In a solo performances he appeared at the Recital Hall of Moscow's International Music House, Grand Hall of Moscow State Conservatory named after Tchaikovsky, English Hall at the Saint Petersbourg Music House, Concert Hall of Russian Academy of Music named by Gnessins, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Flagey Theatre in Brussels, Recital Hall of Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Caruth Auditorium in Dallas and many others.
He collaborated with Philharmonic Orchestras of the city of Yaroslavl, Voronezh, Tchelyabinsk and Rostov-on-Don as well as Fort Worth, Sydney, San Angelo, Brazilian Symphonies, Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, Youth Orchestra of North Texas and Symphony Orchestra of Texas Christian University.

His recordings have been broadcast on WQXP Radio in New York, ABC Classical Radio in Australia, WRR Classical in DFW Metroplex.

 

Repertoire

Piano and Orchestra
Piano Solo
Chamber Music

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Concerto for piano and orchestra in D Minor, BWV 1052
Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Concerto for piano and orchestra in C Major No.1, Op.15
Concerto for piano and orchestra in G Major No.4, Op.58
Grieg, Edward
Concerto for piano and orchestra in A Minor
Haydn, Joseph
Concerto for piano and orchestra in D Major, Hob. XVIII
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Concerto for piano and orchestra in G Major K. 453
Concerto for piano and orchestra in A Major K. 488
Concerto for piano and orchestra in C Major K. 467
Concerto for piano and orchestra in B-flat Major K. 595
Prokofiev, Sergei
Concerto for piano and orchestra No.1 in D-flat Major, Op.10
Concerto for piano and orchestra No.3 in C Major, Op.26
Rachmaninov, Sergei
Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op.43
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyitch
Concerto for piano and orchestra in B flat Minor, Op.23

Albeniz, Isaac
"Cordoba" from Songs of Spain
"Triana" from Iberia, Book 2

Babadjanian, Arno
Bilder für Piano (1965) - Toccatina, Chorale, Ssassunkisher tanz

Bacewicz, Grazina
Piano Sonata No.2

Bach, Johann Sebastian
Preludes and Fugues from Well-Tempered Clavier
A flat Major, BWV 862
G sharp Minor, BWV 863
A Major, BWV 864
G Major, BWV 884
A Minor, BWV 889
Partita No.6 in E Minor, BWV 830
Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D minor BWV 903
Toccata No.3 in G Major, BWV 916

Bach, Johann Sebastian - Busoni
Chaconne from Partita No.3 in D Minor

Bach, Johann Sebastian - Siloti
Prelude in B Minor

Bartok, Bela
Piano Sonata Sz. 80 - Bb. 88

Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Piano Sonata in D Minor Op.31, No.2
Piano Sonata in E-flat Major Op.31, No.3
Variations in C Minor, WoO. 80
Variations and fugue in E flat Major, "Eroica"

Brahms, Johannes
Rhapsody in G Minor, Op.79
Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel in B flat Major

Chopin, Frederic
Selected Études from Op.25
Impromptu in A flat Major, Op.29
Fantasy-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, Op.66
Ballade No.2 in F Major, Op.38

Debussy, Claude
Prelude, "Feux de artifice" ("Fireworks") from Book 2
Étude, "Pour les huit doigts"
Estampes

Frank, César
Prelude, Chorale and Fugue in B Minor, M. 21

Frank, César - Harold Bauer
Prelude, Fugue and Variation in B Minor

Janáček, Leoš
Sonata for Piano, 1905

Joseph Haydn
Piano Sonata in D Major Hob. 16/33
Piano Sonata in C Major Hob. 16/50

Ligeti, György
Étude, "Rainbow"

Liszt, Franz
"Mazeppa," "Wild Jagd" from Études d'exécution transcendante
"Gnomenreigen"
Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Rachmaninov cadenza)

Lyapunov, Sergei
Transcendental Étude, "Lezginka"

Mendelssohn, Felix
Scherzo in E Minor, Op.16, No.2
Rondo capriccioso in E Minor, Op.14
Selected Songs Without Words

Mendelssohn, Felix - Rachmaninov
Scherzo from "Midsummer Night’s dream"

Messiaen, Olivier
Petites esquisses d'oiseaux (Little Bird Sketches)

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Fantasy in C Minor K. 396
Fantasy in D Minor K. 397
Sonata for piano in C Major K. 330
Sonata for piano in C Minor K. 457
Fantasy in C Minor K. 475

Prado, Almeida
"Cartas Celestes" selected pieces

Párt, Arvo
"Fur Alina"

Prokofiev, Sergei
Études in D Minor No.1 and C Minor No.3, Op.2
Sonata for piano in A Minor Op.28 No.3
Sonata for piano in A Major Op.82 No.6

Rachmaninov, Sergei
Elegy, Prelude in C sharp Minor and Melody from Op.3
Selected Preludes from Op.23 and Op.32
Selected Études-Tableaux from Op.33 and Op.39
Piano Sonata in B flat Minor, Op.36 (2nd version)
Variations on the theme by Corelli Op.42

Ravel, Maurice
Pavane pour une infante
Gaspard de la Nuit
"Undine", "Le Gibet", "Scarbo"

Rzewski, Frederic
"Dream"

Scarlatti, Domenico
Selected Sonatas

Schubert, Franz Peter
Piano sonata in A Major Op.120
"Wanderer-fantasy" D. 760

Schumann, Robert
"Kinderscenen" op.15

Shostakovich, Dmitry
Prelude and Fugue in G Major, Op.87

Skryabin, Alexander
Two poems from Op.32
Piano Sonata #5 op.53

Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilyitch
Theme with variations in F Major, Op.19 #6
"Contemplation", op.72 #5
"April," and "May" from "Seasons"

Takemitsu, Toru
Rain Tree Sketch in memory of Olivier Messiaen

Works for violin and piano:

Bartók, Béla
First Rhapsody for violin and piano
Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Sonata for violin and piano in E flat Major Op.12
Sonata for violin and piano in F Major "Spring" Op.24
Sonata for violin and piano in G Major Op.30, No.3
Sonata for violin and piano in A Major "Kreutzer" Op.47
Dvorak, Antonin
Sonatina for violin and piano in G Major Op.100
Frank, César
Sonata for violin and piano in A Major
Geminiani, Francesco
Sonata for violin and piano in A Major
Janáček, Leoš
Sonata for violin and piano
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Sonata for violin and Piano in B flat Major K 454
Prokofiev, Sergei
Sonata for violin and piano No.2 in D Major Op.94bis
Schubert, Franz Peter
Sonata for violin and piano in A Minor D385

Works for cello and piano:

Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in F Major Op.5
Brahms, Johannes
Sonata for cello and piano in E Minor Op.38
Mendelssohn, Felix
Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in B flat Major Op.45
Shostakovich, Dmitry
Sonata for cello and piano in D Minor Op.40

Works for viola and piano:

Clark, Rebecca
Sonata for viola and piano

Piano Trios:

Beethoven, Ludwig Van
Trio for piano, violin and cello in E flat Major Op.1
Trio for piano, violin and cello "Ghost" in D Major Op.70, No.1
Brahms, Johannes
Trio for piano, violin and cello in B Major Op.8

Piano Quartets:

Brahms, Johannes
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello in C Minor Op.60
Fauré, Gabriel
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello in C Minor Op.15
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus
Quartet for piano, violin, viola and cello in G Minor K 478

Piano Quintets:

Frank, César
Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello in F Minor
Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
Quintet for piano, 2 violins, viola and cello in E Major

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