Vassily Lobanov (Russia/Germany/Switzerland)
Born in Moscow, Vasily Lobanov began his piano lessons at the Central Music School in Moscow. After his first lesson he was soon transferred to the Tchaikovsky Conservatory. He studied piano with Heinrich Neuhaus and Lev Naumov and composition with Sergej Balassanjan and Alfred Schnittke. Close musical collaboration with Svjatoslav Richter followed.
Here is what Alfred Schnittke, one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, said: “There are talented composers and there are talented pianists, but seldom those two talents converge in such brilliant proportion as they do in Vassily Lobanov …”
Lobanov started his concert career as a pianist in Russia in 1966. International concert appearances followed from 1978 in Europe, the USA, Japan, and South America with such conductors as Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Heinrich Schiff, Yuri Bashmet, Christoph Poppen, Kurt Lewin, Alexander Lazarev, and many others.
He participated in numerous international music festivals such as Berliner Festwochen, Schleswig-Holstein-Festiva
Prof. Lobanov gives masterclasses for piano, chamber music and composition in Russia, Germany, Austria (Mozarteum Salzburg), Poland, Japan, Chile and Finland. Many of his students won prizes at international piano competitions: among them Inga Fiolia and Rudolfs Vanks. His student, Katherine Chi, was a prizewinner at the Busoni International Piano Competition, another student, Florian Noack, received the ECHO PREIS, Berlin.
Vassily Lobanov was on the faculty of the Musikhochschule Cologne from 1997 to 2012. In 1997, he founded a chamber music festival “Osnabrücker Musiktage”, serving as its artistic director until 2001.
In 2016, he became а professor at the Kalaidos Conservatoire (Switzerland) and а visiting professor at the Birmingham Conservatoire (England).