Worldwide pianist and composer, Duo-Partner of Sviatoslav Richter, - Vasily Lobanov was born in Moscow. He studied piano with legendary Heinrich Neuhaus and Lev Naumov and composition with Sergej Balassanjan and Alfred Schnittke.
Lobanov’s composition instructor Alfred Schnittke, one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, said of Lobanov, “There are talented composers and there are talented pianists, but seldom do those two talents converge in such brilliant proportion as they do in Vassily Lobanov …” In his Credo, Lobanov presents a keenly vivid portrayal of the foundations of his compositional process.
Among Lobanov’s many works are two operas, "Antigone" (1989 performed at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow) and "Father Sergius" (1995 performed in Germany); several instrumental concertos, String Quartets; Sonatas for Piano, Cello, Flute, Viola, Clarinet. His works (available at Sikorski Edition, Hamburg) have been performed at major music festivals.
As a pianist, Lobanov initially began concertizing in Russia in 1966. He began making concert appearances abroad in 1978, performing in the music metropolises of Europe, in the US, in Japan and South America with such conductors as Gennady Rozhdestwensky, Heinrich Schiff, Juri Bashmet, Christoph Poppen, Kurt Lewin, Alexander Lasarev...
He performed in a piano duo with Svjatoslav Richter, a piano trio with Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman and still, today remains a member of a piano quartet alongside Victor Tretiakov, Juri Bashmet, and Natalia Gutman. He concertized with many other renowned artists, such as Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Elmira Darvarova, Marc Kaplan, Eduard Brunner, Kolja Blacher, Charles Neidich, Kim Kashkashian...
Lobanov’s concert and chamber music undertakings are documented in a series of radio broadcast recordings and numerous CDs (Philips, Ondine, Classics Live, Tudor, Chant du Monde, Melodia).
1997-2012 he was a professor for piano at Musikhochschule in Cologne. Many of his students are now the famouse concert pianists. Many of his students won prizes in international piano competitions, for example Katherine Chi (Ms. Chi was a prizewinner at the Busoni International Piano Competition), Florian Noack (ECHO PREIS, Berlin; F.Noack was named “Emerging Artist of the Year” by ECHO Klassik, he won numerous prizes at nationals and international competitions), Inga Fiolia, Bruno Vlahek, Rudolfs Vanks, also some of his students became notable conductors and are instructors in various universities, for example, Rostislav Krimer (chief conductor and artistic director of the East-West Chamber Orchestra), Dr.Roman Salyutov is a chief conductor of his city`s symphonic orchestra, and others.
Lobanov has been living in Germany since 1990. In 1997, he founded the Osnabrücker Musiktage Chamber Music Festival, serving as its artistic director until 2001.
From 2016 to the present time Prof. Lobanov teaches at the University Kalaidos (Switzerland). He is the Chairman of the Jury in Wonder Keys Online Piano and Chamber Music Competition.