Rem Urasin


Rem Urasin is one of the younger generation's most romantic pianists and has been referred to as "a messenger from Chopin".

Already at the age of fifteen the musician had won at the International Chopin Youth Competition in Moscow, and three years later he became a prize-winner at the XIII International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1995). Numerous press reviews include many that express undisguised delight. He has been called "the fantastic Tatar" and one newspaper wrote that "This was Chopin himself performing". Polish critics have called Rem Urasin as "Chopinesque" and the pianist Paul Badura-Skoda has referred to him as "an outstanding performer of Chopin's music".

The pianist was born in 1976 in Kazan. From the age of five he studied the piano at the Specialised Middle School of Music at the Kazan State Conservatoire (class of M. V. Sukharenko), while at the age of eight he was performing with the Tatar Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra. At the age of thirteen, Rem Urasin appeared on stage in a recital featuring works by the great Polish composer. It was following this performance that people began to speak of him as a new star of the piano. From 1994-2001 Rem Urasin was a student at the Moscow Conservatoire and undertook a trainee assistantship with Professor Lev Naumov.

In 2001 Rem Urasin won the Grand Prix at the prestigious World Piano Masters Competition in Monte Carlo. 2004 saw the pianist become a prize-winner at the International Piano Competition in Sydney, at which he was awarded four special prizes.

The pianist has performed concerts in towns and cities throughout Russia as well as abroad; he has appeared with the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna and Krakow Chamber Orchestras and the Yekaterinburg Symphony Orchestra among other ensembles. Musicians with whom Urasin has collaborated include Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Mischa Maisky, Yulian Rakhlin, Kazimierz Kord, Antony Wit, Fuat Mansurov, Veronika Dudarova and Alexander Rudin. The extremely gifted musicians has received standing ovations in Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Iceland, Japan, Australia and Taiwan among other countries.

Rem Urasin has performed recitals to great acclaim at the Great and Lesser Halls of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Izumi Hall in Osaka, Sydney Opera House and the Concert Hall in Beijing among other major venues.
The musician has recorded several CDs. Filmmakers in Kazan have made two films about him - This Eternal Miracle (1993) and Grand Playing (2000). Rem Urasin's transcriptions for piano are incredibly popular.

In 2009 and 2010 Rem Urasin prepared the vast cycle Frederic Chopin. The Complete Works in Eleven Concerts to mark two centuries since the composer's birth. Rem Urasin has performed every piece of music Chopin wrote, from his first polonaise, composed as a child, to his final mazurka. Essays have been written on every concert by the film scriptwriter Riorita Rubtsova) reflecting the great composer's life and destiny. Chopin's letters and various materials of the age are used.

In line with the results of Musical Review newspaper's annual competition, Rem Urasin was named Musician of the Year - 2009.

The young pianist has that rare ability, each and every time to create afresh the exemplary structure of these landmark works, and this results in an unforgettable atmosphere of creativity at his concerts.

"His talent, fortunately, combines sincerity, warmth and elegance with wisdom and maturity of his original and always convincing interpretations of the works he performs. His talent is multifaceted and is constantly being developed, eternally striving for tormenting and joyful searches", - said Professor Lev Naumov of the Moscow Conservatoire about his student Rem Urasin.