Igor Mikhaylovich Zhukov (31 August 1936 – 26 January 2018) was a
Russian pianist, conductor and sound engineer.
Zhukov was born in
Nizhny Novgorod in 1936 but his family moved to
Moscow in the following year. Four years later, they were evacuated to
Vyatka (then known as Kirov) as a result of the Second World War.
After the war, they returned to Moscow, where Zhukov studied in the
Conservatory in 1955, studying first with
Emil Gilels and then, in
1955, with Heinrich Neuhaus. He graduated in 1960, having won second
prize in the Long-Thibaud Piano Competition in Paris.
Apart from a career as a pianist, Zhukov also conducted his own
Moscow Chamber Orchestra until his retirement from
conducting in 1994, and was the pianist of the long-running Zhukov
Piano Trio which was founded in 1963 and continued performing until
1980. (The other members were the violinist Grigory Feighin and
cellist Valentin Feighin.) The trio was noted for its "Historic
Concerts" which featured repertoire spanning the 17th to the 20th
Zhukov made recordings on the Melodiya/CBS label, among others (e.g.
the complete Scriabin sonatas). Zhukov also had a passionate interest
in recording, and said of himself "I'm the best pianist among
recording engineers, and the best recording engineer among pianists."
Rueger, Christoph. The multiple talents of Igor Zhukov. Essay included
with The Russian Piano School Vol 16: Igor Zhukov, Melodia CD 74321
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