The Russian pianist, Stanislav Stanislavovich Bunin [Russian: Станислав Станиславович Бунин], was born into an established European musical family. He is a descendant of both Heinrich Neuhaus, the founder of the Soviet piano school, and the Polish composer Karol Szymanowski. From 1973 to 1988 Bunin studied at the Central School of Music and the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. In 1983, at the age of 17, he won the first prize in the Concours International Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud in Paris. In 1985, at age 19, after a series of prizes, he won first prize and the gold medal in the 11th International Frederic Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Since 1988 Bunin has also been on the council of the International Frederic Chopin Foundation in Warsaw.
In 1988 Stanislav Bunin left the Soviet Union (as it was then) and now resides in Germany and Japan, where he has been particularly active in musical and academic life. Between 1986 and 1996 he gave over 300 concerts and recitals in over 100 Japanese cities. In 1992, he founded "The Art of the Piano" at the largest private music college in Japan, Senzoku Gakuen in Kawasaki where he taught from 1991 to 1997.
In addition to his activities in Japan, Stanislav Bunin regularly visits Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Frankfurt, Milan, Rome, Paris, Zürich, Geneva, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and the USA. He has appeared as a soloist with many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker, NHK Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France and the Orchestra Filarmonia della Scala. He has worked in partnership with, among others, conductors such as David Zinman, Prétre, Krenz, Kord, Gelmetti, Welser-Most, Sinopoli and Thielemann, with whom Bunin collaborated on a memorable performance of Chopin's Second Piano Concerto in F minor with the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Philharmonie in June 1996. He has appeared with many chamber orchestras and in particular has collaborated with I Solisti Veneti and Claudio Scimone.
During 1999 Stanislav Bunin devoted his attention to the music of Chopin with many recitals in Italy, France, South Korea, Germany, Japan and Poland. In December 1999 he was awarded the Viotti d'Oro prize for his performances in Italy. Throughout 2000-2002 he continued his Chopin cycles with performances in London, Tokyo and other cities in Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Germany and France.
In 1990 Stanislav Bunin's recording with this orchestra of Mozart's Piano Concerti K414 and K415, on Toshiba-EMI, received the Best-Selling Golden Disc award in Japan. Since 1996 he has made a large number of CD's and videos, including high definition television recordings for a number of different record companies including DGG, CBS-Sony and Toshiba-EMI. In 1987 he recorded a Chopin CD with RCA-Victor Musical Industries which was awarded the Japan Grand Prix . His 1990 Toshiba-EMI J.S. Bach Recital recording was nominated the Best Album of the Year and awarded a Golden Disc in Japan.