The beginning of his international performing career with recitals and as a soloist with orchestra has started after his first debut recital in Lodz, Poland (2007), which brought a huge appreciation of the audience and critics. Denis also took part in the first and second International Arthur Rubinstein Piano Festivals in Lodz, Poland (2008, 2011).
The highlights of the pre-Covid seasons include performances in KKL Luzern with Beethoven 5th Concerto and Choral Fantasy, Tonhalle Zürich with Mozart Concerto No.24, Warsaw National Radio Hall with Beethoven Concerto No.4, Recitals at Palermo Classica Festival, Italy, Konzerthaus Berlin Espresso Recital Series, and Harbin Concert Hall with Mozart Concerto No.23 among others.
In addition to the traditional classical piano repertoire Mr. Zhdanov also actively explores music of two contrasting periods: Renaissance and the Contemporary. He has performed a series of recitals contra-posing music of renaissance composers W. Byrd, O. Gibbons and modern ones, including C. Vine, E. Rautavaara, T. Hosokawa, and T. Takemitsu in 2019.
Denis Zhdanov has appeared with the following orchestras of the world: the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, the Valles Symphony (Spain), Orchestra Symphonic de Tenerife, the Bilbao Symphonic Orchestra, Granada Symphonic Orchestra, the Pomeranian Symphony (Poland), the Ukrainian TV and Radio Orchestra, the Polish Camerata, the Finnish Radio Orchestra, the “Nova Amadeus” Chamber Orchestra (Italy), the Georgian National Symphony, the “Simfonia Iuventus” Orchestra (Poland), and Festival Strings Lucerne, among others.
Denis Zhdanov has worked as an assistant professor of K. Lifschitz at the Hochschule Luzern – Musik in Switzerland in 2020, and since 2021 teaches piano at the University of Music and Applied Arts in Graz, Austria. Apart of his expertise in stylistic and interpretative aspects of piano playing, he has been intensively studying physiology and efficiency of piano playing for a few years. He is constantly developing a teaching system that would not just provide students with a clear idea how it should sound, but also clearly explain how to reach it that often requires conscious practising and technique optimisation. He also teaches online intensively to students from many countries.
In order to share his experience and knowledge in the field of efficiency and safety of piano playing, as well as his interpretative and artistic ideas on a larger scale, Denis has also launched a series of video lessons on YouTube in 2020.
His other skills and hobbies that he has learnt, using COVID-related lockdowns in his advantage, are video making and piano tuning.
Denis started taking his first piano lessons at the age of nine in Ukraine and has already made significant achievements by his first year of studying; he became the winner of a regional piano competition while being the youngest participant.
He has studied with prominent piano teachers, such as E. Virsaladze, K. Lifschitz, L. Margarius, B. Fedorov, in well-known conservatoires, including Hochschule Luzern – Musik in Switzerland, Royal Northern Music Academy in Manchester UK, Imola Intl. Piano Academy and Fiesole Scuola di Musica in Italy, as well as National Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv.
Mr. Zhdanov has won numerous awards at prestigious International Music Competitions including:
- The 56th International Maria Canals Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain (WFIMC, 2010, 1st Prize)
- The 2nd Internation Piano Competition “Cherny-Stefanska in Memoriam” Poznan, Poland (EmCy, 2011, 1st Prize)
- The 7th International Youth Piano Competition “Arthur Rubinstein in Memoriam” in Bydgoszcz, Poland (EmCy, 2007, 1st Prize)
- The 19th International Piano Competition “Roma-2009: Chopin Prize” (Rome, Italy, 1st Prize),
- The 3rd Maj Lind International Piano Competition in Helsinki, Finland (2012, 2nd Prize)
He also recorded a CD with Chopin works for A. Rubinstein International Foundation in 2010 and a CD with Sonatas of Padre A. Soler with the “Naxos” Label in 2011.