Mr. Petukhov‘s first concert appearances, at the age of 10, often included his own compositions. Further studies at the Kiev Lysenko Special Music School (with pianist Nina Naiditch and composer Valentin Kutcherov) led him to the win at the Leipzig 4th International Bach Piano Competition. Mikhail Petukhov graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire, which largely shaped his development as pianist and composer. It was there that he studied with the distinguished pianist and composer Tatiana Nikolayeva and met such great personalities as Dmitri Schostakovitch, Sviatoslav Richter, Emil Gilels. While still a student, Petukhov created many compositions of various genres, including the opera “The Bride from Messina”, Schiller’s text set to music. His Sonata for Violin Solo was widely received by his peers, including the great violinist David Oistrach. After the wining the 7th International Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels Petukhov received numerous invitation from Europe, Japan and the U.S.A. However, the Soviet Union’s domestic political situation prevented international travel, and for nearly 13 years Mr. Petukhov was forbidden to accept engagements in Western countries. Only after this period did Petukhov’s talent resurface on the international scene, when the Italian press discovered one of his generation’s most talented performers. Mikhail Petukhov’s concerts are enthusiastically received throughout Europe, Asia, South and North America. Berlin Philharmonic, Music Academy and Schauspielhaus, Tokyo Suntory Hall, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Moscow Bolshoi Theatre and Conservatoire Great Hall, Madrid Auditorio National, Philadelphia Music Academy, Hamburg Musikhalle, Milan Verdi Conservatoire, Buenos-Aires Teatro Colon, Zwickau Neue Welt Hall, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Beijing Forbidden Palace, Warsaw Opera, Geneve Conservatoire, London Coliseum, Brusells Palais de Beaux Arts, Tel-Aviv Academy, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic, Seoul Art Center, Athens Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Valencia Palau de la Musica, Budapest Liszt Music Academy, Macao Grand Auditorium, Prague Opera, Rudolfinum and Smetana Hall, Munich Gasteig are among numerous stages where he has performed. He appeared as a soloist with most of the important conductors on the world scene - Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Yuri Simonov, Valeri Gergiev, Milan Horvat, Karl Eliasberg, Kurt Masur, Michel Tabachnick, Dzhansug Kakhidze, Terje Nickelssen, Alexander Anissimov, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Mark Ermler, Alexander Dmitriev, Saulius Sondeckis, Jonathan Brett, Peter Feranec, Yuri Bashmet, Valery Poliansky, Vassily Sinaisky, Jay Friedman, Georges Octors, performing with such famous orchestras as Berlin Philharmonic, Birmingham Symphony, Moscow Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Royal Scottish Symphony, Stuttgart Philharmonic , London Philharmonic, Chicago Civic, Bolshoi Theatre Symphony, Belgium National Symphony, Zagreb Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Hungarian State Symphony, Santiago Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, National Symphony of China, Czech Philharmonic, English Classical Players, St.-Petersburg Philharmonic, Ljubljana Symphony… For his stage life the pianist gave about 3000 concerts. Mikhail Petukhov is also a professor of the famous Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. His master-classes are much in demand throughout the world (Russia, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Argentina, Brazil, Malta, South Korea, the USA etc). A lot of his students are among the winners of the most prestigious world piano competitions, including the recent victory of Dmitry Masleev at the 15th Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Mr. Petukhov has released numerous recordings for “Pavane” (Belgium), “Melodia”(Russia),“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 the Teatro Colon and Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto from the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as studio CD “Petukhov plays Petukhov”, and many others. Mikhail Petukhov’s symphonic, choir and instrumental compositions were sucсessfully performed in Russia, Poland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Austria, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Argentina and Chile. Mikhail Petukhov is awarded by the Russian government with the title Honoured Artist of Russia. Winner of the «Napoli Cultura Classica» Prize 2009 in the nomination “Best musician of the year”.