Soloist: Denis Matsuev (piano)
The Mariinsky Orchestra
Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Excerpts from the ballet The Nutcracker
Burleske for piano and orchestra in D minor, Op. 11
Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major
Pictures at an Exhibition (orchestrated by Maurice Ravel)
"The concert came as if from Heaven, meeting with such masculine charisma, performance technique and endurance" – such remarks are common for the famous pianist. For more than twenty years Denis Matsuev's temperament has bewitched audiences across the globe, from the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory to Carnegie Hall. The scale of his public activity earns respect in itself; the pianist is Artistic Director of the Rachmaninoff Foundation, an Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University, a member of the Culture and Arts Committee under the auspices of the President of the Russian Federation and chairman of the jury for pianists at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. And this is but a far cry from the pianist's full achievements.
At the International Piano Festival the public will see a joint performance by the pianist with the orchestra under Valery Gergiev. The programme includes Piano Concerto No 2 by Franz Liszt, a virtuoso work, a veritable contribution of the pianist, who wishes to demonstrate his temperament and incredible technical abilities.". The conductor and the soloist are, first and foremost, a team. When you have the person right to you, there is an internal agreement and contact, you have everything, even improvisation." In pronouncing these words of the pianist one may be certain that Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev have long been united by a common friendship through music.
The concert will feature the use of an acoustic shell