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Prof. Pavel Gililov

Pavel Gililov was born in Ukraine in 1950. As a gifted musical talent, supported by Dimitri Kabalewsky, Gililov completed his piano studies at the Leningrad Conservatory with distinction. 

As a student, Pavel Gililov won the “National Piano Competition” in Moscow in 1972. He is the winner of the “International Chopin Competition” in Warsaw and the “International Viotti Piano Competition” in Vercelli (1st prize). 

In 1978 Pavel Gililov emigrated to the West and continued his concert and teaching activities. From 1979 to 2013 he was professor of piano at the Cologne Music Academy, and since 2007 he has been professor of piano at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. 

The engagements with the leading orchestras and his numerous appearances in the most important cultural metropolises of the world met with an enthusiastic reception from the audience and critics. The CD recordings for the Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, RCA Victor, Toshiba EMI, Orfeo and others cemented his reputation. He took part in numerous festivals, including in Newport (USA), Barcelona, the Salzburg Festival, the Berlin Festival Weeks, in Edinburgh and Schleswig Holstein. 

In addition to his solo activities, he also devotes himself to the field of chamber music. Pavel Gililov was a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet. Pierre Amoyal, Dimitri Sitkovetsky, Tabea Zimmermann and Mischa Maisky were his regular chamber music partners. The duo with Boris Pergamenschikow existed for over 25 years, the trio with Viktor Tretjakov and Karine Georgian for several years. 

In 2005 Pavel Gililov founded the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn and has always been its artistic director and president of the jury. Pavel Gililov leads numerous international master classes around the world and is a sought-after juror at renowned competitions. Several works by contemporary composers are dedicated to him and have been premiered by him. 

Highlights of the 2018/19 season included appearances at the Meraner Festspiele, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg and Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg under the direction of Valery Gergiev.