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Denis Matsuev and Tchaikovsky's Second Piano Concerto

Russian pianist Denis Matsuev won the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998.  As one of Russia's leading pianists, he can be heard in a recent recording of Tchaikovsky's First and Second piano concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev conducting, surely a great combination.


10th Anniversary of Crescendo festival

This year "Crescendo" celebrates its 10 years anniversary. This unique festival brings talented young musicians, who are at the beginning of their career, and eminent artists to different cities of Russia, France, Israel, USA. The list of cities changes every year, but there is only one that remains in each list every year - Pskov.

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Les délices et délires de l’excès

Denis Matsuev est un pianiste sans équivalent sur la planète et, même, avec peu d’équivalents dans l’histoire du piano. Il combine une facilité technique qui défie l’entendement, un vrai sens du son et, cerise sur le gâteau, une âme — cette âme russe que l’on ne peut définir sans la caricaturer, mais qui combine générosité, démonstrativité et débordements.

Matsuev, c’est l’artiste sans limites et quand cela fait « splash », on s’en moque parce qu’il est comme ça ; il ne joue pas un rôle. J’ai déjà écrit que je n’avais connu qu’un seul artiste comparable : Evgueni Svetlanov. Svetlanov était le chef de l’inouï, Matsuev est le pianiste de l’invraisemblable.

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Life (and what life) and Transfigurations

Splitting the atom and turning water into wine is doable by any mortal. Perhaps only a Denis Matsuev, though can transform Tchaikovsky’s twelve salon pieces into a thundering passionate 40-minute symphonic sonata. 

It took 120 years Carnegie Hall to present the full Seasons, back in 1991, and that was logical . The dozen pieces were written month by month by Tchaikovsky, and no “real’ pianist gives them more than a second look, save for an excerpt as an encore.

Denis Matsuev, though, is not a “real” pianist. His virtuosity and energy are superhuman, his passion is as ardent as his digital proficiency. That is evident from the very first notes, and not worth discussing at this point. After all, he could tackle any of the pieces from the Tchaikovsky work with little worry. Though for the records, despite their parlor/salon expanse, Tchaikovsky didn’t stint on challenges. He had just finished his First Piano Concerto. And while he liked the money offered him for The Seasons, he didn’t want them to be played by amateurs.

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Denis Matsuev to give his 10th solo recital at Carnegie Hall

Russian virtuoso pianist Denis Matsuev will give on Wednesday his jubilee tenth solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He disclosed the details of the upcoming concert in an interview with TASS. "For me the American tours have been one of my favorite performances over the past 15 years, especially on such a significant stage as Carnegie Hall," Matsuev said. "Today’s performance is special. This is my tenth solo recital on this stage. In all, I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall more than 20 times, including my concerts with orchestras." According to Matsuev, every performance in this musical theater is a special honor for him. "It was opened in 1891 with a concert of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of [Pyotr] Tchaikovsky. [Sergey] Rachmaninoff and [Igor] Stravinsky also performed there," he said. "Carnegie Hall has its own special aura, special atmosphere.

Every time the musician draws up a new program for Carnegie Hall audiences never repeating himself. At this concert he will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana and three fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka ballet. A Carnegie Hall spokesman told TASS that it was a great honor for the American audiences to welcome Matsuev to New York city, so the leadership of this well-known musical theater often asks the pianist to perform there. Carnegie Hall wrote on its website, "Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest Russian tradition of pianism and has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation."



Sonorous Monuments: A Recital by Denis Matsuev

A substantial portion of the Russian musical community attended the spectacular piano recital by Denis Matsuev at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, Sunday, January 24, given under the auspices of The Cherry Orchard Foundation. Mr. Matsuev (b. 1975), winner of the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1998, offered three works on his original program, of alternately salon and virtuosic character: Tchaikovsky’s 1876 suite “The Months” (also known as “The Seasons”); Schumann’s suite after E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kreisleriana, Op. 16; and Stravinsky’s arrangement (for Artur Rubinstein) of Three Scenes from the 1911 ballet Petrouchka. 

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UCLA’s Royce Hall Welcomes Back Acclaimed Piano Virtuoso, Denis Matsuev

Enjoy a Night of Live Classical Piano Music Featuring Denis Matsuev

Experience a musical performance like no other when The Cherry Orchard Festival presents acclaimed piano virtuoso Denis Matsuev performing at two special West Coast engagements at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Friday, Jan. 22 and San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 24. 

Matsuev’s piano recital will feature famous works including Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka.

Matsuev has prospered as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, earning widespread praise from fans and critics alike after winning gold at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998.

Matsuev has prospered as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation, earning widespread praise from fans and critics alike after winning gold at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998. This performance will be Matsuev’s second appearance at Royce Hall, the first was in front of a sold-out crowd in 2012.

Matsuev’s enthusiastic and passionate approach has garnered special acknowledgement from numerous respected critics: The New York Times named him, “the successor to Russian keyboard lions like Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and Vladimir Horowitz.” The Washington Post calls him, “an absolute powerhouse of a pianist capable of vanquishing the most technically demanding music in the repertory.” His brilliant and unique talent is evident throughout his performance.

Matsuev tours internationally, appearing before the likes of the Queen of England, the Pope and former President Bill Clinton, and has played with the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony. Matsuev also had the honor of performing at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Cherry Orchard Festival, a production of the Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation, is an organization that promotes artistic activity and the exchange of views and ideas while aiming to enlighten, reveal and engage audiences through educational programs and events. The Cherry Orchard Festival’s vision is to create an ongoing connection between American audiences and international artists, thus promoting greater cultural understanding and encouraging family participation in the arts. Since the foundation held their first International Arts Festival in New York City in 2013, the festival has expanded to Boston and Washington, D.C.

The event will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Royce Hall at 8 p.m. You can purchase tickets at or through the UCLA Central Ticket Office: 310.825.2101.

These not-to-miss recitals will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, at Royce Hall at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Herbst Theatre.

Event: Denis Matsuev Piano Recital at Royce Hall (Los Angeles)

Date: Friday, Jan. 22

Time: 8 p.m. 

Cost: $55-$95 Orchestra Seating and $55-$85 Balcony Seating


 Event: Denis Matsuev Piano Recital at Herbst Theatre (San Francisco)

Date: Sunday, Jan. 24

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: $95-$105 for orchestra seating, $55-$65 for balcony seating


Randa Akeel


Review on Matsuev's Concert in the International Music Festival of Canary Islands

Con un auditorio casi lleno (¿cuándo podremos prescindir del "casi" en conciertos como este?) subieron a escena los filarmónicos londinenses y dió comienzo el Concierto para piano núm. 3, de Rachmaninov. En el podio, el director colombiano Andrés Orozco-Estrada, que ya visitó Las Palmas hace un par de años para dirigir la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, dejando muy buen sabor de boca a la afición local. 

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