Mikhail Petukhov was born in Warne, Bulgaria. He began studying music at the age of 9 with V. Vyazovskaya. A year later he already performed in public playing his own compositions among others. In 1966 he enrolled in the Kiev music school where he studied piano with N.Naydich and composition with V. Kucherova.
In 1977 he graduated from the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied with the distinguished pianist Tatyana Nikolayeva.
When he was still a student, he wrote a plenty of works in different genres, e.g. opera “The Bride from Messina”, which is a musical setting of F. Schiller’s poem. The sonata for violin solo by M. Petukhov was acclaimed by D. Oistrach.
He has been engaged at the Moscow Conservatory in 1979 as a teacher assistant at the Special Piano department. In 1988 he received his own class. In 1993 he was entitled an associate professor, in 2007 — a full professor.
Master-classes and various courses:
He gives annually master-classes in Argentina, Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Switserland, the USA and South Korea.
Among his former students one can meet the laureates of International competitions, such as A. Batagov, T. Korsunskaya, T. Pikaisen, Ton Ny Nguyen Min, A. Rychkov, Y. Mazurok the younger and many others.
Participation in competition's jury:
M. Petukhov is a jury member at the International competitions in Bulgaria, Italy, Spain and Russia.
Basic repertoire. Recitals:
His intense performing activity, which had already begun in his secondary school years, has for long remained unknown in the West. The international acclaim returned to him in 1988, when the Italian press called him one of the most talented performing artists of our days.
He appeared at the Moscow Conservatory, the Bolshoi Theatre, St.Petersburg, Berlin and Warsaw Philharmonic societies, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, in the Geneva and Milan conservatories, in Usher Hall in Edinburgh, in Lieder-halle in Stuttgart, Suntory Hall in Tokio, at the Musical Academies in Budapest and Philadelphia, the National Auditoria del Madrid, in Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, in Theatre Erodium in Athene, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, etc.
Mikhail Petukhov collaborates with the major Russian symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as with the orchestras of Argentina, Belgium, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Syangan, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Chile, Japan (and with the most celebrated conductors).
M. Petukhov’s repertoire contains a great many solo programs and more than 50 concertos for piano and orchestra, ranging from the pre-classical music to the most radical avant-garde pieces. Each author gets in his rendering a fresh touch, i.e. original and stylistically adequate interpretation.
During his life-time he gave about 2000 concerts.
M. Petukhov is a permanent participant of music festivals in Russia and abroad.
He has made a lot of recordings with radio and TV companies in this country and in the world. He made a lot for propaganda of D. Shostakovich’s music in the world.
- “The Bride from Messina” (F. Schiller in N. Vilmont’s translation, 1973–1978)
For symphony orchestra
- “Sebastopol’s suite”, 1973
- symphonic poem ‘The Recollection of Brugges”, 1996
- nocturne “White Nights Dreams”, 2001
- chaconne “The Monument to Shostakovich”, 2005
For a choir
- Two sketches from the old pads (1985)
- Jesus Christ, our Lord, a prayer (1996)
- The 50th David’s psalm (1997)
- A Spiritual Concert (1998)
- Christmas concert (1999)
- Jubilee concert (2006)
- The Annunciation concert (2007)
- Divine Liturgy of the Johannes Chrysostom (2006–2007)
- Tryptich to St.Nicholas, the Wonderworker (2008)
For instrumental ensembles
- Romantic elegy for violin (clarinet), cello and piano (1970)
- “Lucrezia Borgia”, sonata-fantasy for bassoon and piano, 1971
- String quartet (1977)
- Three Canvases of Leonardo, partita for 4 flutes, 1998
For various solo instruments
- Sonata for violin solo, 1972
- Piano sonata (homage for Shostakovich, 1990)
- Allegories for double-bass solo (1996)
For various instruments with orchestra
- Concert version of “The Spanish Rapsody” by F. Liszt for piano and string orchestra, 1980
- Symphony concertante for violin and orchestra, 2003-2004
For voice with accompaniment
- Four romances to the texts of J. Goethe for a high-pitched voice and piano, 1975
- Tryptich for bass-bariton and wind orchestra, 1985, etc.
M. Petukhov’s music has been repeatedly performed at major CIS festivals, as well as in Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Korea Republic with participation of the celebrated musicians of our time such as Y. Simonov, S. Sondeckis, M. Gorenstein, S. Girshenko, Y. Bashmet, G. Brette, A. Dmitriyev, B. Tevlin, V. Chernushenko, S. Kalinin, J. Oktors and E. Ganter.
Mikhail Petukhov has released numerous CDs for “Pavane” (Belgium), “MonoPoly” (South Korea), “Sonora” (USA), “Opus” (Slovakia), “Great Hall” (Russia), “Pro Domino” (Switzerland), “Melopea” (Argentina), “Consonance” (France). Among those are such prestigious live recordings as Tchaikovsky’s First and Second Piano Concertos from Teatro Colon and Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto from Bolshoi Theatre, and many others. The Belgium label “Pavane” has released the CD “Petukhov plays Petukhov”.