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Mr. Anikushin's highly praised recording Saison Russe, released on the Bel Air label in 2001, includes Shostakovich Piano Concerto #1, Prokofiev Concerto #3 and Stravinsky's Petrouchka with Dmitry Yablonsky conducting the Russian State Orchestra. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, Mr. Anikushin gave a solo recital to benefit the WTC Disaster Relief Fund of the Red Cross. Afterwards, Vladimir Zak, the well-known musicologist and writer published an article entitled "The Music of Compassion" in which he discussed the concert and Maxim's prodigious artistry. A native of Moscow, Maxim Anikushin began his piano studies at five and by eleven had entered the Moscow Conservatory where he studied under the tutelage of Y.I. Batuyev. After immigrating to the US in 1991, he studied at the San Francisco Conservatory with Milton Salkind and completed his Bachelor and Masters Degrees at Juilliard on full scholarship as a student of Oxana
"Maxim Anikushin is undoubtedly destined to enter the annals of his generation's important young pianists" wrote Harris Goldsmith of the New York Concert Review
Mr. Anikushin is a veteran of many concerto performances including Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with conductor Dmitry Yablonsky and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich's FirstConcerto under the baton of Yuri Bashmet and theMoscow Soloists, Beethoven's First, Third and FifthConcertos, Ravel's G Major Concerto, Mozart's D MinorConcerto, and Grieg and Liszt No. 1 concertos, among
Mr. Anikushin's many prestigious prizes and awards include Third Prize at both the International Senigallia Piano Competition in Italy and the International Prokofiev Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia, Second Prize in the International Vincenzo Bellini Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, First Prize in Long Island's Five Towns Competition, and a Diploma at the Grieg Competition in Oslo, Norway. In February 2006, he won the aforementioned Barber Concerto Competition at the Manhattan School of Music and in May, 2006, he garnered First Place at the International Piano Competition in Carlet, Spain. In May 2007, as part of the prize, Mr. Anikushin gave three concerts culminating in the performance of the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 under the direction of maestro Sergio Furio with the Orchestra of the Conservatory of Perfecto Garcia Chornet in Carlet at the Palau de la Musica in Valencia, Spain.
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