Valerij Voskobojnikov was born in
Char'kov (Ucraina) in 1939. He was a piano pupil of the Maestro and teacher Heinrich
Neuhaus at the "Ciajkovskij" Conservatory in Moscow, until 1963, during which he
got the final master. From the 1965 he lives in Rome (Italy). He performed as a soloist
and in chamber music ensembles in various cities around the world and in Italy. In his
concerts he performed mainly Italian, Russian and Soviet composers (such as
Bortnjanskij, Glinka, Borodin, Rimskij-Korsakov, Ciajkovskij, Skrjabin,
Sostakovic, Prokof'ev, Denisov, Schnittke, Gubajdulina, Mansurjan,
Volkonskij, Karamanov, Herschkowitz, etc.). He let know
in Italy many works of Dmitrij Sostakovic. He also organized the performance of
unknown works of Musorgskij, Prokof'ev, Sostakovic.
He performed in Italy for the "Filarmonica Romana", the "Unione Musicale di
Torino", the "Biennale di Venezia". He gave also concerts in
Milan, Neaples, Trieste.
He was during five years the assistant of Stanislav
Neuhaus, the Heinrich Neuhaus son, at
the Master Classes at "Accademia Chigiana" di Siena and at the Conservatory of
He also cooperated with "Teatro alla Scala"in Milan, the Theater "S.
Carlo" of Neaples, and the "Arena di Verona". He was promoter of many
Festivals ("Venezia", "Sagra Umbra", "Estate Senese",
He also was a member of the jury of many italian and international piano competition,.
such as the "Carlo Zecchi" in Rome, the "Cittą di Macerata", the
"Viotti-Valsesia", and others in Lanciano, Matera, Sulmona,
"Musica insieme" in Perugia, the "Mascia Masin" in San Gemini, the
"Antonio Gramsci" Prize in Cagliari.
He was President and artistic manager of the Italian "Neuhaus" society.
He edited for Rusconi the italian edition of the Heinrich Neuhaus book "The art of
playing piano", and for Sellerio the book "Souvenirs and
articles" by Heinrich Neuhaus. He also edited books about Borodin and Prokof'ev for the "Edizioni
Scientifiche Italiane". [see the Italian section for further
information about these books]