Vassily Primakov’s first piano studies were with his mother, Marina Primakova. He entered Moscow’s Central Special Music School at the age of eleven as a pupil of Vera Gornostaeva, and at seventeen moved to New York to pursue studies at The Juilliard School with Jerome Lowenthal. At Juilliard he won the William Petschek Piano Recital Award, which presented his début recital at Alice Tully Hall, and while at Juilliard, aided by a Susan W. Rose Career Grant, he won both the silver medal and the Audience Prize in the 2002 Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. Later that year he won first prize in the 2002 Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions. In 2007 he was named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year. In 2009 his Chopin Mazurkas recording was named Best of the Year by National Public Radio and in the same year he began recording the 27 Mozart piano concertos in Denmark, the first volume of which in 2010, won high critical praise.