Highlights of Mr. Kouzov recent seasons include his solo debuts with the Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Johannesburg and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestras, recordings of cello concertos by Shostakovich and George Walker with the Sinfonia Varsovia and St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestras, as well as duo recitals in Moscow, St. Petersburg, New York and Chicago.
A consummate chamber musician, Mr. Kouzov has collaborated with Yuri Bashmet, Krzyszt of Penderecki, Evgenii Sudbin, Joshua Bell, Nicholas Angelich, and Ilya Gringolts among others, and is a founding member of the award-winning Manhattan Piano Trio. As a recording artist, he is featured on Naxos, Onyx, Delos, Marquis Classics, and Albany recording labels.
In addition to his concert activities, Mr. Kouzov is a devoted teacher. Currently Mr. Kouzov is an Associate Professor of Cello at the Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to this appointment he was on faculty at the Juilliard School and the University of Illinois.
Mr. Kouzov holds Bachelors & Masters of Music degrees from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, and Artist Diploma from the Juilliard School in New York. His principal teachers have included Professors Mark Reizenshtock, Victoria Yagling, Joel Krosnick, and Darrett Adkins.