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«For here is a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian traditions who returns us to the great days of Emil Gilels... He literally possesses the sort of technique which begins where others end»
Bruce Morrison, Gramophone
«Perhaps he is the new Horowitz»
Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought after pianists of his generation.
Mr. Matsuev has appeared in hundreds of recitals at prestigious concert halls throughout the world, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Salle Gaveau and Theatre de Champs Elysee in Paris, Mozarteum in Salzburg, Musikhalle in Hamburg, Musikverein in Vienna, Royal Festival Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Great Hall of the Conservatoire in Moscow, Great Hall of Philharmonie in St Petersburg, La Scala in Milan and the new Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg. Denis Matsuev regularly collaborates with the most prominent conductors on the stage today including Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Mikhail Pletnev, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons Vladimir Fedoseyev, Leonard Slatkin, Vladimir Spivakov, Ivan Fischer.
Over the past three years, Denis Matsuev has been in collaboration with Serge Rakhmaninov Foundation and its President Alexander Rakhmaninov, the grandson of the composer. Mr. Matsuev was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record unknown pieces of Rakhmaninov on the composer's own piano at the Rakhmaninov house "Villa Senar" in Switzerland. This unique program has been in high demand across the world. After his triumphal appearance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London «The Independent» wrote: «Matsuev spent the first half of his concert proving he had an artistic hot-line to his great predecessor. He has the rare gift of letting notes expand in a surrounding stillness».
Mr. Matsuev is Artistic Director of two famous classical music festivals in Russia: "Stars on Baikal" in Irkutsk and famous "Crescendo" which is being held all over the World: Moscow, St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tel-Aviv, Kaliningrad, Paris and Rome. These remarkable festivals feature gifted Russian soloists from all over the world with the best Russian orchestras and present a new generation of students from Russia's music schools. "Crescendo" festival had an incredible resonance in Russia and is under the patronage of the President of the Russian Federation.