One quickly realizes that even Sergej Kursanov's demanding paraphrase of Rimsky- Korsakov's Symphonic Poem 'Scheherazade' is not about technical prowess but about harmonious structure and about connections that are understood and deeply felt.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 14 February 2007
The pianist, still only 23, presented a brilliant interpretation of the Salzburg master's 14th piano concerto in his concert with the English Chamber Orchestra.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 23 October 2006
Devil's dance on the keys
The rare talent of this 23 year-old artist from Moscow, whose name has long ceased to be a trade secret in the classical music world, caused a sensation at the Ruhr Piano Festival on Saturday evening.
Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 16 July 2006
Is already world class.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24 July 2003
Nikolai Tokarew: a concert becomes an event
'La Campanella' by Liszt was the highlight of the recital, perhaps even a highlight in the history of performances of this piece.
Rheinische Post, 11 August 2005
Born in Moscow in 1983, Tokarew began his musical education in 1988 with Prof. Ada Trau and Prof. Wladimir Tropp at the renowned Gnessin School of Music in Moskow, where he graduated in 2001. He continued his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In 2004, he graduated with the highest distinction. He had made his debut as early as1989 with Mendelssohn's first piano concerto.
In 2000 he was awarded the prize at the 10th Eurovision Grand Prix of Young Musicians in Bergen, Norway. Subsequently he performed with the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the Osaka Century Symphony Orchestra. In Japan he recorded six CDs for Musik Leben Inc. In 2005 he held a stipend from the Mozart Society Dortmund e.V. and 2006 from the Richard Wagner Association. His debut at the Ruhr Piano Fesval 2005 resulted in two CDs were produced, one of which was a supplement to the FonoForum in March 2006.
In 2007, Tokarew received a long-term contract with the renowned Label Sony/BMG. The first double CD with works by Bach, Schubert, Chopin, Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Liszt and Rosenblatt appeared in April 2007. His second CD with Sony, French Album, recently appeared, with works by Rameau, Debussy, Ravel and Franck.
Nikolai Tokarew performs regularly at international festivals - Schwetzinger Festpiele, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Rheingau Musik Festival, Kissinger Sommer, Interlaken Music Festival, Davos Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He has performed with numerous orchestras - Janacek Philharmonie, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Dresdner Kapellsolisten, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of Russia, Philharmony of Nations, Arnheim Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovakian Philharmonie, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In Spring 2009 he will be playing with the Bamberger Symphoniker and with the Munich Philharmonier.
Hans Hachmann studied at the Music Academy in Freiburg (major subject: viola) and in addition graduated in musicology. After further studies in Munich (musicology, journalism and theatre science) and several positions, he joined the current SWR2 studio in Karlsruhe. Here he was in charge of numerous broadcast series and also of many concerts, among them the Castle Concerts in Bruchsal and Ettlingen.
His bi-weekly Saturday morning broadcast 'Music Hour' was very successful. He loved this broadcast because of the many different topics - according to him, not only listening to radio but also doing radio educates! In addition, he conveyed topics with a most profound knowledge that even downright experts commented with "Oh really"?. He also held positions at the Heidelberg University, at the Music Conservatory in Mannheim and currently at the Music Conservatory in Karlsruhe. The latter awarded him an honorary doctorate. He is a sought-after speaker for lecture series and concert introductions.
Hans Hachmann, freshly appointed chair of the association "Friends of music and arts Heidelberg", is himself active in playing music. Together with Wolfgang Schäfer and Reinhard Buhrow, he forms the 'BosArt Trio', performing top class music cabaret for more than 20 years. In addition he is member of the group 'Rädelchen' and he also intensively plays chamber music at home.