Education and Background
Temirzhan Yerzhanov attended the famous Central Music School in Moscow subsequently earning his MA in Piano Performance from the legendary Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under Professor Mikhail Voskressensky. Still a young student at the Conservatory, he launched his performing career by winning the First Prize and Gold Medal at the XIth International Robert Schumann Piano Competition 1993 in Zwickau, Germany, one of the most respected in the world.
As a performer, Temirzhan Yerzhanov has toured in Germany, Russia, France, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, USA, United Kingdom, China and India. He has soloed with many orchestras including Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony, Zwickau Philharmonishes, Sacramento Philharmonic, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Vogtland Philharmonie, The Symphony Orchestra of India, working with such conductors as Vladimir Fedoseev, Lothar Seyfart, Johannes Wildner, Michael Morgan, Jiří Malát.
He has appeared in prestigious venues such as London Wigmore Hall, Berlin Konzerthaus, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Dresden Sempergalerie, Paris Salle Gaveau, New York Carnegie Weill Recital and Merkin Halls, Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic Halls. Mr. Yerzhanov has been featured on live broadcasts, in studio recordings and talk shows of Deutsche Radio Berlin, Hong Kong Radio, Radio Russia, Capital Radio Sacramento, Orpheus Radio. He garnered much praise for his CDs of Schumann (RCD label) and Prokofiev works including World premiere of Classical Symphony (Con Brio Recordings).
A diverse musician, Mr. Yerzhanov has collaborated with many instrumentalists and opera singers of international acclaim such as Michael Collins (clarinet), Vasko Vassilev (violin), Elena Kelessidi (soprano) and Melody Moore (soprano).
As a conductor he performed with Kazakh Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus, Opera Academy of California, Opera Cultura, Google Orchestra and he is an Artistic Director of youth Orchestra Gradus ad Parnassum in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Temirzhan Yerzhanov was a Piano Faculty member for four years at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Many of Mr. Yerzhanov’s students have won top prizes at prestigious international piano competitions such as The Queen Elisabeth in Brussels, The Tchaikovsky in Moscow, Viana da Motta in Macau, AXA in Dublin, Alessandro Casagrande in Terni.
Since his relocation to the San Francisco Bay Area, Temirzhan has successfully combined his performing career with teaching activities. His students appeared in many local festivals and have won gold medals at the US Open Piano Competition. Temirzhan has successfully prepared many students for the ABRSM Grades 1-8 exams in piano. He has presented master classes internationally including Yantai University (China), West Washington University, Clara-Wieck-Gimnasium (Germany), schools, colleges and conservatories in Russia and Kyrgyzstan.
As an active musician himself, Mr Yerzhanov treats every student as a gifted artist whether he or she is a child beginner or adult advanced player. That means an artistic idea is put first, yet thorough realization comes next. So repertoire is chosen carefully to satisfy both artistic task and student’s individual need in growth.
Mr Yerzhanov encourages students to stir imagination, read beyond notes and through learning music, discover unknown and wonderful worlds.
Reviews & Testimonials
“Even the greatest of virtuosos have pointedly avoided it (Balakirev’s Islamei), for as long as I can remember. But when a pianist can pull it off as Yerzhanov did, it’s a huge victory. I was not sure if I should merely applaud or drop to my knees to make salaams… That was a memorable event in my life’s concert experience.”
-San Francisco Classical Voice, San Francisco
“The beauty of Temirzhan Yerzhanov’s piano tone, not voluptuous, never cloying, yet luminous and firm was immediately apparent as was his clarity of texture… his pianism was unfailingly brilliant.”
-Musical Opinion, London
“He is without doubt a rare phenomenon amongst pianists…”
-Orpheus International, Berlin
“In the final evening of the festival the audience was astounded: Temirzhan Yerzhanov performed Schumann’s F minor sonata spectacularly, with great emotions and virtuosity.”
-Neva Times, St. Petersburg