At age 6 Mikhail Mordvinov began taking music lessons at a local arts centre, but several months later he was admitted to the Gnessin School of Music, where he studied for more than ten years with Tatiana Zelikman. After graduating in 1994, he continued studies at the Gnessin Academy of Music under Vladimir Tropp, finishing in 1999 with the highest honours. From 1999 to 2003 he lived in Hanover, Germany, pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Music and Drama under Bernd Goetzke.
In 2000, Mordvinov became a soloist at the Moscow State Academy Philharmonic, and in 2004 he became an assistant professor at the Gnessin Academy of Music. He has also been awarded a number of scholarships, including the President of Russia Award (1996-98), the G. Neuhaus Award by the Rostropovich Fund (1997), and the German Academic Exchange Service Award (2000-01). He began performing at an early age, with appearances in Moscow and nearby cities. Two first prizes, at the 12th Schumann Competition in Zwickau (1996) and the 6th Schubert Competition in Dortmund (1997), propelled him onto the international stage and the opportunity to record. He currently makes about 50 appearances a year in recitals, orchestral concerts and chamber music, mostly in Europe.
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