Mikhail Berestnev made his solo debut with orchestra at the age of 11 playing Mozart Concerto with the Rostov-on-Don Philharmonic following by winning the top prize at the Dmitry Shostakovich national piano competition for Young Artists. His other concerto appearances include concerts with the Yaroslavl, Voronezh and Chelyabinsk Philharmonic Orchestras in Russia. In the United States he has appeared as a soloist with the Fort Worth Symphony, San Angelo Symphony, Meadows Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra at Texas Christian University. Other highlights include performances with Sydney, Brazilian Symphony and Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia. Additoinally, Mr. Berestnev has performed solo concerts at several prestigious venues such as the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Grand Concert Hall in Moscow, Moscow’s Kremlin, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Sydney Opera House, Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro, Flagey Theater in Brussels, Palau de la Musica In Barcelona and many others.
A passionate chamber music player, Mikhail has collaborated with members of the Seraphim-Trio (Melbourne, Australia) San Paulo String Quartet (Brazil), Odysseus Chamber Players (USA), in various ensembles with violinists Emanuel Borok, Matthew Albert, Eunice Kim, David Cooper, cellist Fedor Amosov, pianist Andrey Ponochevny and various musicians from Russian and American leading orchestras such are “Moscow Virtuosi”, National Philharmonic of Russia, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He is the recipient of the Judith Solomon Piano Award in Chamber Music from Texas Christian University and has toured as collaborative pianist in countries including Spain, Morocco, Italy, China and United States.
Mikhail is the winner of the international “Delphic Games” in Minsk, International Competition named after Stanislav Neuhaus, and Eric Sorantin Young Artist Award, as well as laureate-prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia and BNDES in Rio de Janeiro. In 2013 he was a semi-finalist of prestigious Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition. His performance was described by the Belgian magazine La Libre as "Flawless technique and constant inspiration..." and "Contrasting inspiration of great beauty and served by a clear shape, a comfortable game, and superb sonority..."
Mr. Berestnev graduated from the College and Russian Academy of Music named by Gnessins, Texas Christian University School of Music, and the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU where he studied with Professors Andrey Khitruk, Alexey Skavronsky, Vladimir Tropp, Tamás Ungár and Joaquin Achuccarro. Additionally, Mr. Berestnev has performed in masterclasses for Yohved Kaplinsky, John Perry, Vladimir Viardo, Hung Kuan Chen and Alessio Bax. His performances have been broadcast on WQXR classical radio, WRR 101.1, ABC Classic FM in Australia. In 2016 his debut solo album was released on Tune-City Records (US).
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