Russia - United States
Hailed by Classical Guitar Magazine as "one of the bright lights of the younger generation of classical musicians, a player of tremendous skill and sensitivity," Russian-American guitarist, Piotr Pakhomkin has extensively performed and given masterclasses in Europe, Central America, and the U.S.
Based in Washington, D.C., he was the only guitarist to be featured at Strathmore, Kennedy Center, and Phillips Collection series in the span of a single concert season in 2014. After finishing his studies with Manuel Barrueco at Peabody, Piotr became the First Prize winner of the 2012 Mexican International Guitar Competition in Culiacan and has taken top prizes at the 2012 Boston GuitarFest International Guitar Competition, Great Lakes Guitar Competition, Montreal International Guitar Competition, and the European International Guitar Competition, “Enrico Mercatali,” in Italy. After finishing the prestigious Strathmore Artist-in-Residence program in 2014, he returned to serve as a faculty member and mentor in their Institute for Artistic Development.
As the winner of the 2016 Respighi International Soloist Competition, he will make his concerto and solo debut at Carnegie Hallin the Chamber Orchestra of New York's "Masterwork Series" in June 2018. Piotr plays exclusively on a 2010 Ross Gutmeier Guitar using Oasis GPX strings.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, 2014
"The young guitar virtuoso gave an example of his mastery of the instrument on Friday, with a diverse repertoire."
www.debate.com, Mexico 2013
"The audience thanked Piotr Pakhomkin for his masterful presentation."
www.vtenlinea.com, Mexico 2013
"Pakhomkin's formidable talents are uniquely suited to Rodrigo's "Concerto [de Aranjuez]," making us want to hear it again."
Baltimore Sun, 2011
"[Pakhomkin's] performance in the Panama National Theater (main hall in Panama) was outstanding. Mr. Pakhomkin demonstrated a well crafted interpretation and impressive control of the instrument."
Dr. Emiliano Pardo-Tristan, Director of Panama Guitar Festival 2011
“Beautiful, clean tone and a sure-fingered command of the fretboard”
Washington Guitar Society, Washington, D.C. 2005
"Pakhomkin performed a Scarlatti Sonata, Mertz Fantaisie Hongroise Op. 65, and Villa-Lobos Etude 7, with admirable technical accuracy and a warm, engaging sound."
Victoria Guitar Society (Canada) 2011