STANISLAV                      KHRISTENKO

pianist and conductor




Praised for his emotional intensity, charismatic expression, and brilliant technique Ukrainian-born pianist Stanislav Khristenko is one of America's most thought-provoking and eminent young artists.


Stanislav Khristenko's performances have captivated audiences on four continents since his first solo recital at the age of 11. A “poet of piano” (Le Soir), Mr. Khristenko has been praised in the media around the globe. New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe wrote that in “an impressive recital… (he) plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint.” Spanish El Pais wrote of his “precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel.”


Mr. Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with  the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix and Richmond Symphonies, National Orchestra of Belgium, Bilbao and Tenerife Symphony Orchestras, Liege Royal Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, among others.  His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Schubert-Saal at Vienna Konzerthaus, Palais de Beaux-Arts in Brussels, as well as performances with orchestras in Grosser Saal of The Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, and Hong Kong City Hall.


Mr. Khristenko has won top prizes at some of the most prestigious international piano competitions. In 2013 alone he won First Prize at the Cleveland International Piano Competition, the Maria Canals International Music Competition, and was named Fourth Laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. Stanislav Khristenko is a Steinway Artist.




"Khristenko’s gentle, loving approach to the keyboard — and his palette of touches — yielded a startling array of emotions.”

 - The Washington Post


“Mr. Khristenko plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint.

While his technique is more than solid, he has barely an ounce of flamboyance about him.”

- The New York Times


“Playful lightness and effortless precision...”

- The Gramophone


“Dazzling music-making...The real showstopper was Igor Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka. Although Stravinsky didn’t intend an orchestral sound, Khristenko vividly brought it to life anyway. In his brilliant “Danse russe,” massive power, aggressive angular themes, and abrupt changes in dynamics and voicing combined for a masterful, propulsive performance. ”

- The Miami Herald


“An artist possessed of vast talent and charisma.”

"A deeply spiritual performance with great individuality... tour-de-force of technical, musical and stylistic mastery."

- The Plain Dealer, Cleveland


'[Khristenko] possesses precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel'

- El Pais


"...In the first concerto of Brahms the Russian pianist shows himself to be the architect of grand style, building maestoso with irrepressible authority. The full and deep sound coupled with stunning control of the intensities allows him to sculpt the phrase in the mass of expressions and provide the discourse with a natural continuity...

Beautiful example of a great Russian school."

- Le Soir


“Khristenko being totally “at home” with the 3rd of Rachmaninov, flaunting a free play, organic and powerful, capable of infinite gentleness, guided by the inner vision and inventiveness.”

- La Libre


“There are many extremely gifted young pianists in the word now, and it is difficult to predict which ones will have a long career of importance. But I will be very surprised if Stanislav Khristenko is not one of them.”

- Fanfare Magazine


“Khristenko gave us dynamic variety. He was capable of fine pianissimos and thunderous fortissimos.”

- Arizona Republic


"A thoughtful, focused, and ultimately successful concert,” which “revealed deep reserves of artistry and professionalism as the evening progressed…Mr. Khristenko was in full control of all his resources and played with a maturity that belied his young age…Each selection sparkled like a gem, honed to perfection. These would have been impressive performances from any artist, but they were all the more joyful from a pianist at the outset of his career."

- The New York Concert Review

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In 2014 Stanislav Khristenko released a CD on the Steinway & Sons label featuring works by Schumann, Bruckner, Brahms, and the Zemlinsky that was praised so highly in the New York Times.  The disc received unanimously outstanding reviews including The Gramophone and Fanfare Magazines. In the Gramophone review Jed Detsler wrote about Stanislav's interpretation of Schumann's Fantasie: "His gorgeous textural contouring conveys the impression that the leisurely arpeggiated left-hand writing and the long right-hand cantabiles emerge from separate instruments, dead-pianist style (and that's a compliment)". Henry Fogel of Fanfare magazine praised Mr. Khristenko’s “poetic but firmly shaped performances” and the recording was “highly recommended” by All Music Guide. Enthusiastic reception of this recording led to a contract offer from the label to record two more CD albums in the next two years.


The first volume of Ernst Krenek's piano music was released in 2015. Produced by Toccata Classics in London, the album is the first of a planned collection of the complete piano works of Krenek. An earlier album of the composer's works, on the German label Oehms Classics, was pronounced “Electric” by the Gramophone Magazine. A critic from Fanfare Magazine praised Stanislav's remarkable performance, called him "an invaluable guide to  Krenek's piano music"  and concluded that 'With very fine performances in detailed and spacious sound, this makes a very fine addition to those looking to expand their horizons...'


In 2017 Naxos released an album of Sonatas by Antonio Soler.




For booking in North America:

Edna Landau

Artist Consultant

For booking in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg:

Werner Heimlich


For booking in Ukraine:

Olexander Piriyev

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