Igor Zhukov since early childhood had been living in Moscow where he studied with Emil Gilels and Heinrich Neuhaus piano at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1957 he won in Paris at the Marguerite Long Piano Competition an award and has since become a sought-after soloist of many orchestras throughout the world.
Many critics and music lovers see him as one of the greatest pianists of his generation, whose affinity is exemplary, especially for Russian piano music. His first recording of all piano sonatas by Alexander Scriabin considerable international attention and is considered a milestone in the history of interpretation of this composer. Igor Zhukov has also made a name as a conductor. He founded in 1983 the New Moscow Chamber Orchestra and conducted this until the dissolution in 1994, and then to devote himself again reinforced its activities as a pianist. The artist with the repertoire of Rameau to mountain guest appearances after his comeback in Munich Herkulessaal again in all musical centers.