Born in Blagoveshchensk, a city in Russian Far East in 1992, Nikolay Khozyainov began to play the piano at the age of five. He studied at Central Musical School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory (1999-2010).
After studying with Yury Lisichenko, since 2005 he is a pupil of professor Mikhail Voskresensky. Nikolay is a student of Moscow Conservatory since 2010.
Prizewinner in several International Piano Competions during his youth – 1st Prize and Special Prize for the best performance of Mendelssohn Rondo-Capriccioso at the International Piano Competition “Virtuosi per musica di pianoforte”(Czech Republic, 2003), 1st Prize at the IX International Carl Filtsch Piano Competition (Romania, 2004), 2nd prize at the VI Moscow International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition for young pianists, plus special prize “for the best performance of miniatures” (2008) – in 2010, aged only 18, Nikolay was the youngest finalist of the XVI International Fryderyk Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland.
His mature and sensitive artistry has impressed public, music lovers and observers.
In 2012 he won the 1st prize at the Dublin International Piano Competition and was awarded the 2nd prize and People’s choice prize at the 10th Sydney International Piano Competition. He also got the following special prizes: “for the best performance of both Concertos voted by members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra”, “for the best performance of a work by Liszt”, “ for the best performance of a work by Schubert”, “for the best performance of a virtuoso study”, “for the youngest finalist”.
Nikolay has performed in renowned concert halls of Russia, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, USA, Japan and others.
Among his next engagements concerts in Japan, Ireland, Russia, Poland, Austria, USA and England, including the debut at the Carnegie Hall in New York, at Miami Festival and at Wigmore Hall in London.
In 2011 Accord released Khozyainov first CD (worldwide distributed by Naxos) with works by Chopin and Liszt. In 2012 he recorded a new Chopin CD for Chopin Institute in Warsaw and a new CD for JVC Victor in Japan.
Dave Saemann, on «Fanfare», wrote about Khozyainov’s first CD: «Khozyainov recorded this recital in 2011.
He thus was about the same age as Evgeny Kissin was when that pianist made his Carnegie Hall debut. I make the comparison with Kissin because Khozyainov clearly is an extraordinary artist. He has everything: a big sound, splendid technique, and a musicality far beyond his years. This CD would do credit to any pianist, let alone one not yet 20 years old. Every time I listened to this CD, my impression of Khozyainov’s artistry grew richer and fuller. In a time of glitzy young pianists typified by Lang Lang, the appearance of a talent like Khozyainov’s is all the more refreshing. […] In today’s cavalcade of young pianists he clearly is a special artist. The fact that, at his age, his talent only can grow is intimidating. The possibilities for his artistry seem almost limitless».