“Tchetuev brought a genuine thrill – a sound that Neuhaus, Sofronitsky and Richter would have recognised. That indefinable ‘Russian’ quality in the mid-range, the crystalline treble and the defined bass, all combined with a very strong interpretative personality. In a word – glorious!”
Rob Pennock, Classical Music
“Beaming like a laser, confident yet unaggressive, shining, colourful, structured without being rigid, the work of Igor Tchetuev makes every piece’s vital force emerge.”
Rob Pennock, Le Monde
Was born in Sebastopol (Ukraine) in 1980 and at the age of fourteen won the Grand Prix of the International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists’ Competition (Ukraine) and was a student of Maestro Krainev. In 1998, at the age of eighteen, he was the recipient of the 1st prize at the IX Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters’ Competition, and was also voted “Audience Favourite”.
In the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons Igor Tchetuev is a guest performer with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux (Beethoven’s Third), the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra under Günter Neuhold (Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No 1), the Russian National Philharmonic under Ken-David Masur (Beethoven’s Triple Concerto), the Orchestre Pas de loup at the Salle Pleyel (Beethoven’s Concerto No 3), the Prague Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven’s Fourth and Tchaikovsky’s First), the Orchestre National de Montpellier (Tchaikovsky’s first with Ari Rasilainen) and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille (Rachmaninov’s Third with Adrian Prabava).
He gives numerous recitals in France and Europe, including a return to the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg where he will perform a recital and a duo with Ferruccio Furlanetto. He will be appearing at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau, the Festival de Menton, the Festival de Colmar, the Chopin Festival in Paris, the Montpellier Festival and the Lille Piano Festival, in addition to performing chamber music at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Prague Rudolfinum, the Mariinsky Theatre, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Teatroalla Scalain Milan, the Wiener Staatsoper and the Opéra Garnier in Paris, accompanying Ferruccio Furlanetto.
Igor Tchetuev has recently performed as a piano soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the WDR Orchestra Köln, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Bern Philharmonic, the NDR Hanover, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dortmund Orchester, the New Japan Philharmonic, the Miami New World Symphony and the Orchestre National de Lille among other ensembles under such conductors as Yevgeny Svetlanov, Valery Gergiev, Semyon Bychkov, Neeme Järvi, GüntherHerbig, Vladimir Spivakov, Marc Elder, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Maxim Vengerov, Alexander Dmitriev, Justus Franz, Maxim Shostakovich, Jean-Yves Ossonce, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Vladimir Sirenko and Vladimir Vakoulsky.
He performs chamber music with the cellist Xavier Phillips, the violinists Valery Sokolov, David Grimal, Fanny Clamagirand, Chloë Hanslip and Andrey Bielov, oboist Alexei Ogrintchouk and the Szymanowski Quartet.
Each year Tchetuev gives a number of appearances atsuch select events as the Stars of the White Nights and performances at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Teatro alla Scalain Milan, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Wiener Staatsoper, Wigmore Hall, the Théâtre des Champs Élysées, the Festival de Menton, the Colmar International Festival, the Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Braunschweig Festival, the Sintra Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Zino Francescatti Festival (Paris, Louvre Auditorium), the Chopin Festival (Paris), the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier and the festival in La Roque d’Anthéron, where he appeared for an acclaimed evening recital (Chopin’stwenty-fourÉtudes).
Igor Tchetuev undertakes regular recital tours throughout Europe, and his recordings have received numerous awards; with the violinist Andrey Bielov he has recorded all of Prokofiev’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano on the Naxos label. He also recorded a recital of Romantic Études by Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, (Tri-M Classic), the Three Chopin Sonatas (Orfeo), Alfred Schnittke: Complete Piano Sonatas (Caro Mitis, Russia; Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik in Germany, R10 in Classica-Repertoire in France and a magnificent article in Gramophone magazine), and his most recent recordings are of the first five volumes of his Complete Beethoven Sonatas (Caro Mitis, Russia) with rave press reviews, and a Medtner recording with the violinist ChloëHanslip (Hyperion).