At the age of 13 played with
orchestra for the first time, at 15 – gave his first recital. While studying,
gave many performances in various cities of the
At the Eighth All-Russia Piano Competition (Kislovodsk, 1989) he was awarded 1st prize (joint), prize of Russia's Music Society and a special price for the performance of Prokofiev's 2nd Piano Concerto. Since then, he has never taken part in competitions.
Mikhail Lidsky’s concert career
includes numerous appearances in
Lidsky’s vast and versatile repertoire encompasses works by J.S. Bach
(Concertos, Partitas, etc.), Scarlatti, Haydn, Mozart (Concertos, Sonatas,
etc.), Beethoven (32 Sonatas, 5 Concertos, Variations, etc.), Schubert (Sonatas,
Impromtus, Moments Musicaux, etc.), Schumann (e.g. Kreisleriana, Sonata in F
minor, all compositions for piano and orchestra), Chopin, Liszt (12
Transcendental Studies, Sonata in B minor. Concerto No.1, and many other
works), Brahms (e.g. Concerto No.2, Haendel and Paganini Variations),
Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov. Scriabin (Piano Concerto, solo part in “Prometheus”,
Sonatas and many other piano pieces), Medtner (Concerto No.1, sonatas,
Fairy-tales, chamber music, etc.), Debussy, Ravel (both Piano Concertos,
Among other, Mikhail Lidsky played with the following orchestras: The Russian State Symphony Orchestra, The Russian National Orchestra, The Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, The Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, The Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra. His partner conductors are Alexander Vedernikov, Feodor Glushchenko, Arnold Katz, Dmitri Liss, Vladimir Ponkin, Ravil Martynov, Vladimir Verbitsky, Yuri Simonov, and others. Mikhail Lidsky performs chamber music with Moscow Virtuosi, Mozart Quartet, Domenico Nordio, and some other famous musicians.
From 1997 on Mikhail Lidsky has been
annual guest of Serate musicali,
From 2007 on, Mikhail Lidsky, the
only pianist of his generation, has been undertaking annual recital series at
Moscow International Music House, having performed 32 Beethoven Sonatas,
all-Schubert, all-Schumann and all-Chopin programmes, and four recital Liszt
series. These series are being repeated in several cities of
Mikhail Lidsky has released many CDs, of which six have been published by DENON, and three by DECCA (e.g. Brahms’ sonatas for violin/viola and piano recorded with Domenico Nordio).
From 1996 on, Mikhail Lidsky has been teaching at Moscow State Conservatoire. He had been an assistant of Elisso Virsaladze until 2003, having become an independent teacher thereupon. In 2007, he joined the chair of Victor Merzhanov, and in 2011, after Victor Merzhnov’s passing, the chair of Vera Gornostayeva.