After his triumphant debut at Carnegie Hall, Arsentiy Kharitonov has been placed “in the top ranks of keyboard players today.”
(New York Observer)
While “fully in command of the technical and emotional demands of the music”, he is described as a pianist of “sumptuous tone, technical mastery, broad dramatic range of an astonishing breadth, and elegant phrasing.”
A prizewinner of national and international competitions, pianist and composer Arsentiy Kharitonov has been heard in solo recitals and with orchestras in Russia, Europe, Asia, and the USA. “His style is unlike any of his contemporaries, and harkens back to earlier times...Trumping some of the more prominent musical gymnasts, there is genuine poetry here and a rare sincerity issuing, it seems, from the deeper reaches of the human heart.”
(New York Observer)
Kharitonov started playing piano at an unusually late age of sixteen, in the Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music of the famed
St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, where his musical progress was immediate and astounding. Within three years, he was giving solo recitals, which featured his own compositions and improvisations in variety of musical styles in addition to the standard piano repertoire. Kharitonov’s first orchestral appearances include solo performances with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Mariinsky Theatre Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Arsentiy Kharitonov recorded multi-CD series of piano music by Leo Ornstein, as well as the chamber music by Robert Kahn, all of which have been released internationally by Toccata Classics (London, UK).
A natural performer who appreciates playing great works by various composers, Kharitonov writes his music with an intuitive perception for the player.
Kharitonov’s music attracts audience and performers with its virtuosity, rich harmonic language, and memorable melodies as well as its intensity and astute expression. His music has been commissioned by a number of spectacular musicians such as cellist Cicely Parnas, violinist Julia Bushkova, conductor and a recorder player Paul Leenhouts, ensemble ViolUNTi, vocal ensemble Tapestry, various musicians from Mariinsky and Chicago symphony orchestras. Kharitonov has written multiple music scores for various art films and other media both in Russia and America.
Arsentiy Kharitonov holds Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of North Texas in piano performance. He is an active advocate of lesser-known music and the founder of Masterpiece Finder, an organization that researches and highlights music masterpieces of historical and contemporary composers.