Pavel Gililov was born in the USSR. Coming to the notice of Dimitry Kabelewsky at a young age, he began studying the piano in St. Petersburg. After participating in the National Piano Competition in Moscow in 1972, Mr. Gililov commenced his career as soloist. He is a laureate of the 1975 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, and the Viotti International Competition in Vercelli in 1978 (first-prize), the year in which he emigrated to the West, further pursuing his concert career. His many recordings, including for Deutsche Grammophon, have reinforced his reputation. In parallel to his activities as a soloist, he regularly joins in chamber music with artists like Pierre Amoyal, Dimitry Sitkovetsky, Tabea Zimmerman and Mischa Maisky. Pavel Gililov is a professor of piano at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, the Summer Academy in Lausanne and at the Mozarteum. He is the artistic director and president of the jury of the Beethoven Competition Bonn.