CHICAGO CLASSICAL REVIEW

By LAWRENCE A. JOHNSON

Denis Kozhukhin’s Chicago debut may not have been generous by the clock, at just over 90 minutes with intermission. But in terms of technical prowess, musical insight and remarkable steel-fingered virtuosity Friday night’s recital at Mandel Hall proved very generous indeed.

The 28-year-old Russian pianist has enjoyed rave advance notices at previous stops on his current U.S. tour. Kozhukhin will return to Chicago in June for his CSO debut performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand. Fortunately, the audience at the pianist’s recital for University of Chicago Presents got to hear both hands and a remarkable display it was.

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