Denis Matsuev


In 1998 Denis Matsuev won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, following which he began to tour throughout the world and appear with renowned symphony orchestras.

The pianist's partners include the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig's Gewandhausorchester, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra among others. Matsuev has close creative ties with with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev and Semyon Bychkov.

Matsuev considers his main priority to be the development of philharmonic music in Russia's regions, and many of his concert programmes, most of them premieres, areheld in Russia. Since 1995 he has been a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic, and since 2004 at the Philharmonic he has run his own subscription Denis Matsuev the Soloist.

He is the director of and the inspiration behind several music festivals. Since 2004 he has run the Stars on Baikal festival in Irkutsk, and since 2005 he has been Artistic Director of the Crescendo festival, its concerts being held in Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Pskov, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2012 he became Artistic Director of the Astana Piano Passion international young pianists' festival and competition. In 2016 as Artistic Director and Chair of the Organisational Committee, in Moscow he ran the international Grand Piano Competition. President of the New Names international charitable foundation.

In 2004 he concluded a contract with BMG. The pianist's first project with the company was the solo album Tribute to Horowitz, which in 2005 received the Record award. His discography also includes the disc Unknown Rachmaninoff, recorded on the composer's own piano at the Villa Senar in Lucerne (2007), the albums Denis Matsuev. Concert at Carnegie Hall (Sony, 2008), Matsuev –Liszt (RCA Red Seal, 2011), a recording of works by Shostakovich and Shchedrin (Mariinsky label, 2012), Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No 2 and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue (2013) and Szymanowski's Third and Fourth Symphonies (2013). In 2014 his recording of Tchaikovsky's First and Second Piano Concerti was named "Album of the Month" by Gramophone magazine. In 2018 the Mariinsky label will release a recording of concerti by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff.

Engagements for the current season include appearances with the Dresdner Staatskapelle under Christian Thielemann as a guest soloist, concerts with the Orchestra della Scala under Riccardo Chailly, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks under Mariss Jansons, the London Symphony Orchestra under Gianandrea Noseda, the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Münchner Philharmoniker and the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta and recitals at New York's Carnegie Hall, Vienna's Konzerthaus, the Tonhalle in Zurich, Berlin's Philharmonie, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. In 2018, one hundred and forty-five years since the birth of Rachmaninoff, Matsuev will perform all of the composer's piano concerti in international capital cities. In June the same year, as a World Cup Football Ambassador, he will take on the role of an organiser of a concert on Red Square in Moscow.

People's Artist of Russia and recipient of the Dmitry Shostakovich Prize and the State Prize of Russia. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and recipient of the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation.
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