Jacob Katsnelson

Jacob Katsnelson


  • Laureate of the International Piano Competition in Tbilisi (Georgia, 2001)
  • Finalist at the Concours International de Piano Clara Haskil in Vevey (Switzerland, 2003)
  • Second prize at the First International Sviatoslav Richter Piano Competition (Moscow, 2005)

Jacob Katsnelson
May 25, 1976 (Russia)

Jacob Katsnelson (piano) –  is the Russian pianist and professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and teaches at the Special Gnessin music school affiliated to Moscow conservatory since 1998.

Jacob displayed exceptional musical talent at a very early age, entering the Music School for Gifted Children of the famed Gnessin Institute at five in 1981. Choosing to specialize in flute and piano he obtained diplomas with “highest distinction” in both instruments in 1993; and thereafter continued studies in the master class of the renowned pianist Elisso Virsaladze at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.


  • Diploma at the 10th International Bach competition (Leipzig, Germany).
  • Diploma at the International Queen Elizabeth competition (Brussels, Belgium).
  • Semifinalist at the Concours Géza Anda (Zurich, Switzerland).
  • Laureate of the Second International piano competition (Tbilisi, Georgia).
  • Laureate of the 1st International Svyatoslav Richter competition (Moscow, Russia).
  • Finalist of the Concours International de Piano Clara Haskil (Vevey, Switzerland). 
  • First and six special prizes at the Second Open National Taneyev chamber music competition (Kaluga, Russia).
  • 2nd prize at the XXI Trapani (Italy) International chamber music competition.

He has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in Russia (e.g. each year at the ”Homecoming Festival” in Moscow), Germany, Belgium, Holland (Kamermuziek Festival Utrecht with Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov, Misha Maisky, etc.), France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, USA, Spain, Italy, Hungary, Estonia (Festival Hiiumaa), Latvia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Bosnia, Israel… 

He has also appeared as soloist with well known orchestras such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Saratov in Moscow, and those of Nizhny Novgorod, Saint-Petersburg, Brussels, Switzerland, Georgia, Chisinau/Moldavia, Baku/Azerbaijan, Rhodes.

Besides many life records in the concert halls of Tchaikovsky Conservatory Jacob Katsnelson produced a CD with Kristine Blaumane, cello, featuring compositions of S. Barber, E. Grieg and B. Martinu; another one with the violist Maxim Rysanov playing Brahms. His CD with solo works of J. S. Bach appeared recently under the label Quartz (QTZ 2084).