BiographyPavel Gililov was born in Donetsk, in the south of Ukraine. His parents discovered the musical talent of the child early on. His father, himself a music lover and amateur musician, gave him his first piano lessons.
Soon came public appearances, at the age of eight, he played for the first time with orchestra. With 11 years he interpreted the 3. Piano concerto by the great composer and educator Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, who was so enthusiastic about himself that he enabled the boy to study in St. Petersburg - at a special school for highly gifted children. Musicians Boris Pergamenschikov, Gidon Kremer, Misha Maisky and Grigory Sokolov were just some of the names on this school. During his studies, Pavel Gililov was awarded the National Piano Competition in Moscow (1972) and the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1975). This was followed by intensive concert activity in the Soviet Union and in socialist countries. After his graduation 1976, Pavel Gililov was hired as the youngest lecturer for piano as a result of his exceptional pedagogical talent at the St. Petersburg Conservatory.
The political pressure became more unbearable, so that Pavel Gililov 1978 applied for departure and emigrated first to Austria and then to Germany. In Cologne he continued his pedagogical work.
Immediately after moving to the West, Pavel Gililov won the prestigious international "GB Viotti" competition in Vercello, Italy, beginning a new phase in his concert life, with numerous solo and orchestral concerts. He has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestras of Leningrad, Moscow and Warsaw, the Polish Radio Orchestra, Philharmonia Hungarica, Wiener Symphoniker, Nederland Philharmonie Orchestra, Berliner Philharmonisches Kammeorchester, Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, RAI-Turin, Irish National Orchestra, Detroit Chamber Orchestra under conductors such as Lawrence Foster, Andris Jansons, Valery Gergiev and James Conlon. His engagements took him to the most important cultural metropolises, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Musikverein Wien, La Scala Milan, Teatro Real Madrid, Palau de la Musica Barcelona, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Tonhalle Zurich, Palais des Beaux-Art Brussels Numerous CD and radio recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, Toshiba EMI, Virgin, Orfeo and others prove his diverse musical oeuvre. Pavel Gililov was and still is a welcome guest at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Newport, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, the Salzburg and Ludwigsburg Festivals and many others. Several works by contemporary composers are dedicated to Gililov and premiered by him.
In addition to the solo concert activity, Pavel Giliov is also passionate about chamber music. With his school friend and colleague Boris Pergamenschikow he founded a duo that enjoyed worldwide acclaim and left many recordings, and founded the Gililov Piano Quartet (formerly the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Quartet).
Pavel Gililov has always successfully combined his concert activity with his pedagogical activity. As a professor at the University of Music and Dance in Cologne and at the Mozarteum Salzburg, he has trained numerous international award winners who perform successfully all over the world. He gives masterclasses for young pianists around the world and led the Summer Academy Lausanne for several years. He is also a member of the jury at many international piano competitions. 2005 Pavel Gililov founded the Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn, whose artistic director and jury president he is today.
Pavel Gililov was born in Donetsk in Southeastern Ukraine where his parents fostered his genius from a young age. The boy received his first piano lessons from his father, a music lover and amateur musician.
Soon young Pavel was playing in public. Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky with such aplomb invited to study in St. Petersburg (Leningrad) at an academy for highly gifted children. Boris Pergamenschikow, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Grigory Sokolov and many others.
During his studies, Pavel Gililov received high honors at the All-Russian Piano Competition in Moscow (1972) and the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw (1975). As his talents were recognized he became a sought after performer throughout the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact nations. Gililov thus became the youngest professor of concert piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1976.
Pavel Gililov came to the Soviet Union in 1978 applied to emigrate. He first moved to Austria and then to Cologne, Germany where he re-ignited his passion for musical instruction.
Pavel Gililov won the Viotti competition in Vercelli, Italy. Thus began a new phase in his life as performer. Always in popular demand, he has appeared countless times both solo and with orchestras. Pavel Gililov played with philharmonic orchestras from Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Moscow and Warsaw; with the Polish Broadcast Orchestra, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Vienna Symphony, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Cologne's Gürzenich Orchestra, RAI-Turin, the Irish National Orchestra and the Detroit Chamber Orchestra. He has worked with such renowned conductors as Lawrence Foster, Andris Jansons, Valery Gergiev and James Conlon. In his musical travels Gililov has visited many of the world's cultural centers, playing in the Berlin Philharmonic, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Vienna's Musikverein, La Scala in Milan, Madrid's Teatro Real, the Palau de la Musica in Barcelona, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam , Zurich's Tonhalle, the Palais de Beaux-Art in Brussels, the Teatro Cologne in Buenos Aires and countless others. Pavel Gililov's recording career includes albums and CDs for Deutsche Grammophon, RCA Victor, Toshiba EMI, Virgin and Orfeo to name a few. His discography provides a wide-ranging collection of talents of this versatile and vastly accomplished musician.
Pavel Gililov is also attending honored guest at major festivals such as Edinburgh, Newport, Schleswig Holstein and Rheingau; at the Salzburg and Ludwigsburg Festivals and many more. He enthusiastically pursues projects with contemporary composers and has premiered many of their works.
In addition to his solo concerts, Pavel Gililov is a lover of chamber music. Along with his schoolmate and friend, the late Boris Pergamenschikow, he created a duo that gained international renown. He also founded the Gililov Piano Quartet (formerly the Philharmonic Piano Quartet Berlin).
Despite his hectic concert schedule, Pavel Gililov continues to guide and instruct young musicians. He is a professor at the Cologne University for Music and Dance, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg where he has been instructing a long list of international award-winning musicians. Many of these have gone on to stellar careers. Pavel Gililov has supervised the world giving master classes to young pianists and supervised the Summer Academy in Lausanne. In addition, he is a jury member in many international competitions.
In 2005, Pavel Gililov founded the Telekom Beethoven Competition in Bonn where he is currently artistic director and jury president.