»The pianist is engaged in the romantic theme of the composition with his whole body. He is moving and oscillating, as if the music would electrify him from the head to the toe. In essence he communicates with the orchestra as with a new flame, which has to be conquered.«
Biography • Andrejs Osokins
Laureate of the world’s most prominent piano competitions – including the Leeds, Rubinstein, Long-Thibaud, Queen Elisabeth and lately the International German Piano Award – London-based musician Andrejs Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. He was described by critics as impeccably stylish, praised for his powerful intellect and charisma, wide expressive sound palette, notably convincing in many different styles of music.
This season highlights included debuts in several important European concert halls: Auditorium La Verdi in Milan and the legendary Berliner Philharmonie to name just a few, as well as becoming Audience Awardee in the International Piano Forum in Frankfurt. His future projects are collaboration with Kremerata Baltica orchestra in Alte Oper Frankfurt, performance with Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev as well as performance in Katara Cultural village Opera House with Maestro Pablo Mielgo.
Born in 1984, he began playing piano at the age of five and gave his first solo recital at the age of 14. After graduating BMus at the Latvian Academy of Music and winning the Yamaha Scholarship Award, Andrejs moved to London and began his studies at Trinity College of Music, where he received both Licenciate and Fellowship Diplomas. He also won the Trinity College Music Competition for his performance of a Mozart concerto. In September 2008 Andrejs joined the Royal Academy of Music, studying under the guidance of Hamish Milne. He has won the Lillian Davies Prize and the Christian Carpenter Piano Recital Prize and graduated Master of Arts in Performance in July 2011.
Talent and intelligence have won him acclaim in a number of prestigious international competitions. In April 2015 he became the Audience Awardee of the 5th International German Piano Award presented by International Piano Forum. Others include winning the 4th Prize in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Masters Competition (2014), the 4th Prize in the Leeds International Piano Competition (2012), the 3rd Prize in the Dublin International Piano competition (2012), a Laureate of Queen Elisabeth International Piano Competition, Brussels (2010), 1st Prize in the Beethoven Intercollegiate Piano Competition, London (2008), 3rd Prize in the London International Piano competition, London (2009), 1st Prize in the International J.Vitols Piano Competition, Riga (2008). In 2009 Andrejs was awarded Liela Muzikas Balva, the most prestigious music award in Latvia.
He had worked with many celebrated pianists, including Michail Voskressensky, John Lill, Christopher Elton, Domenique Merlet, Arie Vardi, Bernd Goetzke, Boris Berman, Willem Brons, Rolf Hind, Stephen Kovacevic, Volker Banfild, Jonti Solomon and Martino Tirimo.
Andrejs’ performance diary has included recitals in many high profile recital venues including Wigmore Hall, Westminster Cathedral, St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Drapers Hall in London, La Verdi in Milan, La Monnaie in Brussels, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Gasteig in Munich, the Great Guild Hall of Riga and Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow. Andrejs has had the honour of performing with prestigious orchestras including the Orchestre National de Belgique, conducted by Marin Alsop, the Hallé orchestra with Sir Mark Elder, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Darrell Ang, the London Philharmonic orchestra with James Judd, the Latvian National Symphony orchestra, the Sinfonietta Riga Orchestra conducted by Normunds Šnē and Kremerata Baltica Chamber orchestra.
- »[…] Osokins offers sensibility and intimacy at its finest. And although thus Bach sounds like a romantic: the filigree fingers of the Latvian pianist have something irresistible. Also with the movement of Beethoven’s “Appassionata” op. 57 he accomplishes something magnificent. It gets really diabolic in the finale. Osokins begins to truckle over the keyboard, his facial expression gets even more disinhibited. The pianist takes full risk to truly display the fireworks. Osokins would have probably needed a rest period afterwards, but he continues right away with two Liszt-virtuosities. Osokins myotonus increases, his filigree fingers transform into powerful paws. […]«
Berliner Morgenpost, 30. August 2016, Berlin
- »[…] with his black, long hair he seems like »Romeo«. This impression does not deceit: the man on the grand piano gets involved with the romantic theme of the composition with his whole physicality; he shrugs and dandles and sways as if the music electrifies him from head to toe. Basically, he communicates with the orchestra like with a new flame, whose heart has to be won. Despite his rapid passages and his hard touch he knows how to completely restrain himself in the famous second Adagio-movement and reduces the melancholia of the melodies to their bare essence.[…]«
Tagesspiegel · 22. August 2016, Berlin
- »…The soloist and laureate of the audience award of 2015 Andrejs Osokins made with piano concerto Nr. 1 from Liszt a key-thunder….«
Guido Holze · Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – 8 April, 2016
- »…His encore with Schumann was supple and tender….«
Matthias Gerhard · Frankfurter Neue Presse – 8 April, 2016