Born in Nizhny Novgorod, Denis Kozhukhin started studying the piano with his mother at the age of four. After studying with Natalia Fish at the Balakirev School of Music, he went on to study with Dmitry Bashkirov and Claudio Martinez-Mehner at the Reina Sofía School of Music in Madrid from 2000 to 2007. He continued his studies with Peter Frankl, Boris Berman, Charles Rosen and Andreas Staier at the Piano Academy at Lake Como and with Kirill Gerstein in Stuttgart.
Kozhukhin won the 2009 Vendome Prize in Lisbon and was a finalist at the 2006 Leeds International Piano Competition. His international breakthrough came when he won first prize at the 2010 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. Combining technical mastery with calm maturity, the pianist has built an excellent reputation for himself.
As a chamber player, he has worked with Leonidas Kavakos, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Vadim Repin, Julian Rachlin, the Jerusalem Quartet and the Pavel Haas Quartet. He has given recitals at the Concertgebouw (in the Master Pianists series), Wigmore Hall and the Lucerne Festival.
Kozhukhin is making his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.