About

Mikhail was born in Moscow in 1989 to a Russian father and Jewish mother, both being biochemisists. It was Avram Shehtman, Mikhail’s grandfather who deeply loved classical music and, possessing a tenor voice and often singing to young Misha at home, inspired greatly to study music.

Mikhail started to play the piano at the age of six and performed first solo concert in Moscow at the age of seven. Since early childhood, Mikhail has been studying piano and conducting privately with Elena Aleksandrova, one of the favourite pupils of Lev Vlasenko.

Throughout 2004 – 2008 he studied at the Moscow State Conservatory Academic Music College with Professor Vera Khoroshina, the favourite female pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus (teacher of S. Richter and E. Gilels). He also studied organ with Professor Natalia Gureeva.

Subsequently, he continued studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Pavel Nersessian, graduating 2013.

Mikhail attended masterclasses by Michail Yurowski, Teodor Currentzis, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Elena Obraztsova and Dmitry Bashkirov.Mikhail is Julia Lezhneva’s permanent pianist since 2007. Together they perform numerours recitals and concerts aroumd the globe – venues including Vienna & Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Musikgebouw, Melbourne Recital Centre, Lotte Concert Hall in Seoul, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Luzern KKL, as well as festivals, including Gstaad Menuhin Festival & Lucern Easter in Switzerland, Torroella & Peralada in Spain and Sviatoslav Richter’s December Nights Festival in Moscow.

In December 2015 Mikhail made his conducting debut at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory conducting the New Year’s Concert starring Julia Lezhneva.

In January 2016 Mikhail performed a New Year Concert with Luzern Symphony Orchestra, Julia Lezhneva and Maestro James Gaffigan.

In November 2016 Antonenko performed Adventliche concert with Gewandhausorchester, Julia Lezhneva and Herbert Blomstedt in Leipzig Gewandhaus.

In 2017 Mikhail Antonenko conducted period-instruments orchestra
Concerto Köln for Julia Lezhneva’s new world premiere recording of Graun Opera Arias on Decca (2016)

In 2018 Mikhail made a debut with Russian State Symphony Orchestra ‘Evgeny Svetlanov’ (artistic director – Vladimir Jurowski) performing televised concert at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. Mikhail performed Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 op. 15 as pianist & conductor as well as conducted arias and ouvertures by Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Meyerbeer featuring soprano Dilyara Idrisova and tenor Alexey Tatarintsev.

Mikhail’s concert pianist repertoire ranges from Scarlatti and Couperin to Prokofiev and Shostakowitch with a focus towards works by J.S. Bach, W. A. Mozart, L. Beethoven and F. Schubert.