Russia, Moscow



Gerard Aimontche is a prize-winner of international competitions such as Grieg International Piano Competition; 8th Maria Yudina International Competition of Young Pianists, Piano Duets, and Chambers Ensembles; 7th Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition for Young Musicians; Chappell Medal Competition and Schumann Prize Award (London); American Protégé Romantic Music Competition (New York); Guzik Foundation Award (San-Francisco) .
He is also a semi-finalist of Motreux Jazz Piano Competition (Switzerland); Hamamatsu Piano Competition and Cleveland Piano Competition.
He has performed in Russia and abroad in such well-known venues as the Carnegie Hall; Tchaikovsky Concert Hall; Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory; The Kremlin Armoury; Cleveland Museum of Natural History and many others.

His ‘prodigious technique as well as his high level of musical sensitivity makes him a player to keep track of as his interpretive powers mature.’
Daniel Hathaway

In July 2017 Gerard made his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall with Europe's first black and minority ethnic (BME) orchestra and conductor Roederick Cox. He also appeared on BBC 3 In Tune, where his performances were broadcasted live.

Several times he gave concerts in different Concert Halls with the State Symphony Orchestra of Moscow under the leading of Dmitriy Orlov, and he also played with the Kaliningrad Chamber Orchestra under the prestigious batton of Aleksandr Andreev. In the year 2014 he has interpreted George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with Kursk Philharmonic Orchestra and Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini with Yaroslavl State Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2017 Gerard has appeared with the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and maestro Marlon Daniel with the programme featuring ‘Burlesque’ by Richard Strauss.
Gerard has been invited to perform at such international music festivals as Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), Montreux Jazz Festival (Montreux, Switzerland), Visiting Larisa Gergieva (Vladikavkaz, Russia), The River of Talents ( Saint-Petersburg, Russia), Night in the Museum (Tretyakovskaya Gallery, Moscow, Russia), and many others.
Gerard is studying simultaneously at the Royal College of Music (Artist Diploma, with Professor Norma Fisher), and the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (postgraduate degree in performance, with Professor Sergey Dorensky). He holds a Music Diploma (Distinction) from Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2014), where he studied with Professor Sergey Dorensky and his assistants, professors Andey Pisarev, Nikolay Lugansky, and Pavel Nersessian. In 2009 he graduated from Gnessin Music School (Undergraduate Diploma).
The last week of October 2015, Gerard Aimontche made his orchestral debut performed Rachmaninov 3rd Concerto during ‘Color of Music' Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. 
 In July 2016 Gerard has joined the Verbier Festival Academy, where he mastered his performance skills under the guidance of such brilliant musicians as Klaus Hellwig, Sergei Babayan, András Schiff etc.
Links to the media:

1. Handel Keyboard Suite No 5 in E Major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith'

2. Chopin Polonaise in A flat Major op. 53

3. Rachmaninov Sonata No 2 op 36

4. Stravinsky 3 movements from the ballet ‘Petrushka’

5. List Hungarian Rhapsody No 6

6. Beethoven sonata op 110 No.31 in A flat major (1st movement)

7. Beethoven Sonata op 3 No 2 in C major (1st movement)

8. Scriabin Sonata No 5 op 53

9.Interview & live performance BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme
Recital review: On Thursday evening, 21-year-old Gerard Aimontche from Russia led off the session with music by J.S. Bach and Chopin. His intimate reading of the Prelude in a (WTC II) with its subtle crescendos and diminuendos starkly contrasted with a vigorous and highly articulated fugue. His performances of Chopin’s e minor Etude (op. 25/5), b minor Scherzo (op. 54/4) and the A-flat Polonaise (op. 53) revealed his prodigious technique as well as his high level of musical sensitivity. His even playing in the Scherzo linked its disparate elements together and he capped it off with a brilliant coda. His Polonaise was proud and spirited. His left hand octaves in the midsection were formidable.
By Daniel Hathaway, Music Critic for Cleveland International Piano Competition.


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