is one of the few musicians in the world who combines traditions of Russian romantic piano school with early keyboard music styles and historical instruments performance practices.
Yury Martynov graduated from famous Central School of Music and Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Russia, where he studied piano, organ and theory. He studied under the guidance of the legendary Russian pianist, prizewinner of the Van Cliburn competition (1962), international recording artist Mikhail Voskressensky. After graduating summa cum laude Yury has been invited to join Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory faculty in 1994. He also was on the faculty at Claude Debussy Conservatory in Paris and has taught harpsichord and general bass at Jean-Wiener School of Music in Bobigny, France. Yury Martynov has co-founded the Early Music Department at the Moscow Conservatory and organized a series of educational projects in Russia and Europe.
Since 1989 Yury Martynov has been performing as a soloist and a chamber ensemble member in the finest concert halls of Russia, Europe, United States and Japan. He has participated in many prestigious festivals and summer academies, such as Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights in Moscow, Mozart Fest in Wurzburg, Sans-Souci Fest in Potsdam, Baroque Festival in St-Petersburg, and the Early Music Fest in Köln.
Yury Martynov is a prize winner of major international piano competitions such as the Maria Canals Piano Competition, Spain (1st prize), Ennio Porrino, Italy (1st prize), Ville d’Epinal, France (2nd prize), and the Mozart International Piano Competition in Salzburg (1st prize).
Yury Martynov was the first musician in Russia who performed the entire Well-Tempered Clavier by J.S. Bach on harpsichord, and who presented a wide range of solo and chamber compositions by Renaissance, Baroque and Early Classical composers to the Russian public. The pianist’s discography includes several compact discs recorded and released on famous Russian and European record labels, such as Orpheus Radio Russia, BBC, ORT-1, and WDR. Since 2011 Martynov’s CDs are released exclusively with the OUTHERE-music.
Yury Martynov’s students have won major prizes and performed in the most prestigious concert venues. To name a few, Alexander Ghindin, Cleveland Piano Competition (1st prize) and Queen Elizabeth Piano Competition winner, Vladimir Khomyakov, Ima Hogg Piano Competition in Houston, TX (2nd prize), Sergey Kuznetsov, China International Piano Competition winner and Professor of Piano at Lone Star College Montgomery in Houston,TX.