Miroslav Kultyshev was born in 1985 in Leningrad. He finished a secondary special music school under the Conservatory (Zora Zuker’s class) and graduated from the Saint-Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory (Professor Alexander Sandler’s class, the honoured artist of the Russian Federation).
As laureate of several international competitions, he was the winner of the XIII International Tchaikovsky Competition (Moscow, 2007) and of the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters (Monaco, 2012). In 1998 he became a laureate of the Moscow International Festival of young pianists named after Heinrich Neuhaus and in 1999 a laureate of the International Music Festival ‘Virtuosos 2000’. In 1999 he became a laureate of the All-Russian public programme ‘Nadezhda Rossii’ and in 2000 won the Grand Prix of this programme. In 2001 he was awarded a youth grant of the prestigious and renowned ‘Russian National independent prize Triumph’. In 2005 he received the first prize and gold medal of the International Delphic Games (Ukraine, Kyiv). In 2005 Miroslav Kultyshev was awarded the German Order of the Griffon. From 1995 to 2004 he was a grant holder of the International Charity Fund of Yuri Bashmet and of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Society. In 2007 and 2008 he was a grant owner of the St Petersburg Music House. In 2007 OJSC ‘JSB Russia’ and CF ‘Alexeevskiy’ rewarded him with an annual grant.
He started to perform on stage when he was 6 years old. At the age of 10, he made his debut in the Grand Hall in the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall where he performed a concert d-minor by Mozart conducted by Yuri Temirkanov. He has given numerous concerts at international music festivals including Kissinger Sommer (Germany, 2002-2006) and Elba – Music Island of Europe (Italy, 1997, 2003 and 2008). He also participated in many festivals including Mecklenburg Festspiele Vorpommern (Germany, 2006), White Nights’ Stars (2007), International Week of Conservatories (2007), Music Kremlin (2008), Mikkeli Music Festival (Finland, 2008-2009), Klavier Festival Ruhr (Germany, 2008), Duszniki Festival (Poland, 2008), ‘Faces of modern pianism’ (St Petersburg) and Salzburg Festival.
Miroslav Kultyshev performs in the best venues in both St Petersburg and Moscow as well as in many well-known halls worldwide including Musikverein in Vienna, Salzburg Mozarteum, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (New York), Suntory Hall (Tokyo), Сoncertgebouw (Amsterdam), Wigmore Hall (London) and Salle Gaveau (Paris). At the present time, he tours in many countries.
The young pianist has worked with many conductors including Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Yuri Bashmet, Sergey Roldugin, Mark Gorenshtein, Vasily Sinaisky, Nikolay Alexeev, Alexander Dmitriev, Gintaras Rinkevicius, and Charles Dutoit. He has attended master classes given by Andrzej Jasinski and Dmitry Bashkirov.