Denis Matsuev


In 1998 Denis Matsuev was the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, following which he began to tour actively throughout the world and perform with renowned symphony orchestras.

The pianist’s partners include the New York Philharmonic, the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Cincinnati, the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra among numerous other ensembles. Matsuev has close artistic ties with such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, 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 it is in Russia that he presents a significant proportion of his concert programmes, most frequently premieres. Since 1995 he has been a soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonic, and since 2004 at the Philharmonic he has presented his personal subscription Soloist – Denis Matsuev.

Director of and inspiration behind several music festivals. Since 2004 he has run the festival Stars on Baikal in Irkutsk, while since 2005 he has been Artistic Director of the Crescendo festival, concerts of which are 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 festival and competition for young pianists. In 2016 as Artistic Director and Chair of the Organisational Committee, in Moscow he ran the international Grand Piano Competition for young pianists. President of the Interregional Charitable Foundation New Names.

In 2004 he signed a contract with the company BMG. The pianist’s first project together with the company – the solo album Tribute to Horowitz – received the Record prize in 2005. His discography also includes the disc Unknown Rachmaninoff, recorded on that composer’s piano at the Villa Senar in Lucerne (2007), the albums Denis Matsuev: The Carnegie Hall Concert (Sony, 2008), Matsuev. Liszt (RCA Red Seal, 2011), a recording of works by Shostakovich and Shchedrin (Mariinsky, 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 released a recording of concerti by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. In June the same year, as an ambassador to the football World Cup, Matsuev organised a concert on Red Square in Moscow.

In August 2019 Denis Matsuev took part in the festival Ravinia (Highland Park, USA) and festivals in Verbier and Lucerne. Engagements for the 2019–2020 season include concerts at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, London’s Barbican Hall, Symphony Hall in Chicago, the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, the Tonhalle in Zurich and the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna in addition to various concert venues in Russian towns and cities.

People’s Artist of Russia, recipient of the Shostakovich Prize and the State Prize of Russia. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and recipient of the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation. In 2019 he was awarded the Lev Nikolaev Gold Medal “for a significant contribution to enlightenment and the popularisation of the achievements in science and culture”.
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