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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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Blog # 71. Start of the International Tour with Chamber Orchestra "Vienna-Berlin"

Our story with a unique orchestra – Chamber Orchestra “Vienna-Berlin” begins today. We start our grand international tour around Europe in a famous Musikverein. And I am pleased, that we managed to expand the geography of this tour to Russia. To my mind this is a very important and significant event in our cultural life. There are 4 concerts planned in Russia: 18th of May in the Great Hall of Conservatory in Moscow (within my original series), 19th of May in the Great Hall of Philharmonic Society in St. Petersburg, 21st of May – in Ekaterinburg, 22nd of May – in Kazan. And on 24th of May we will perform in Astana (Kazakhstan) the same program.

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Announcement of the Concert on 7th of May in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

On the birthday of P.I.Tchaikovsky 7th of May at 13:00 (Moscow time) in Tchaikovsky Concert Hall Denis Matsuev and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under baton of Valery Gergiev perform three piano concertos of P.I.Tchaikovsky.

“It’s a great honour to perform three concerts of P.I.Tchaikovsky on his birthday. And an indescribable feeling for me because I have such an opportunity, - Denis Matsuev says, - It is my strong conviction that all his three piano concertos are jewels of equal value, not only his First Concert, as many believe.

Undoubtedly, First Concert is the most popular all over the world: even those, who have never been to a concert hall for classical music, know it. But nevertheless Second and Third concerts to my mind are not less brilliant and great pieces. We’ve just performed these three concerts in St. Petersburg in the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre. We performed Second Concert a lot of times all over the world, but we performed Third Concert for the first time.

It’s a wonderful and very moving music. Despite the fact that it was written in the year of composer death, almost in a period when he was writing his Sixth Symphony, there is not a single sign of tragedy in it. And it has an original Tchaikovsky orchestration, his fantastic melancholic, ardent, lyrical melodies, arduous cadenzas for piano, including the biggest one that can be compared to the cadenza in Second Concert of Tchaikovsky and Third Concert of Rachmaninoff.

But when I play them in a row, notwithstanding their technical difficulties, I am in my element. Maestro Gergiev and I decided to present a cycle of concerts with this program in many capitals of the world in the near future”.

Live broadcast can be watched 7 of May at 13:00 (Moscow time) on three Internet channels –,, TV Channel Kultura will broadcast the First piano concerto live, too (16:15 Moscow time). You can also watch free of charge this performance in Virtual Concert Hall all over Russia (there are more than 40 cities participating in this project). Stay tuned for the most convenient channel for you!!/valery-gergiev-denis-matsuev-tchaikovsky-concert-hall-anniversary-concert

Blog #70. Astana Piano Passion Finale

Bravo, Astana! Bravo the unique team, that organized with great enthusiasm the Competition this year. I’d like to thank Imangali Tasmagambetov for this idea and for his constant support for Astana Piano Passion. This Competition turns out to be a musical fairy tale for unique Kazakh hospitality, kindness and heartfulness. There are no more places in the world with such a wonderful atmosphere, healthy approach to competition and a good attitude. These facts affect people all over the world: unbelievable quantity of viewing on official web-site justifies it. 

The Competition is over, yesterday I was performing three concerts of P. I. Tchaikovsky in a row with maestro Gergiev in St. Petersburg , but emotions, evoked by Astana Piano Passion, still overwhelm me. We have a new “team”, new members of our big united family, and it’s priceless. I am looking forward to the forth Competition. We invite everybody to Astana in 2017. 


Astana Piano Festival Supports Young Musicians

ASTANA – The third international classical music festival and young pianist contest directed by Denis Matsuev, a world-famous musician and People’s Artist of Russia, will take place from April 24 to May 2.

The contest will begin with the semi-finalists because the first qualifying round has already taken place via video. Participants will perform a solo programme. A concert accompanied by an orchestra will be the last segment of the event.

The prize money will total $60,000. The winners of the first three prizes will be awarded lithographs of Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Georges Braque paintings from the Chinggis & Ethan publishing house (Luxembourg). Winners of the special prize from Director Matsuev will participate in the following international festivals: Crescendo (Pskov, Russia), the Annecy Classic (Annecy, France) and Stars on the Baikal (Irkutsk, Russia).

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Blog # 69. Astana Piano Passion

One of the most waited and favourite events for me is coming. Astana Piano Passion Festival-Competition, which became famous all around the world in these three years for its high level of participants, unique atmosphere, and wonderful Kazakh hospitality. The format we worked out with Imangali Tasmagambetov turned out to be absolutely successful. We decided to organize a contest for young musicians (younger than 18) in three groups (younger, middle and senior). And it was more festival, than a competition. 

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Medici.TV Became an Official Partner of Tchaikovsky Competition

We have great news! Our friends from Medici.TV will perform live broadcast of Tchaikovsky Competition this summer. I’ve told you a lot of times how Medici.TV team works, how it treats classical music more fiction than traditional concerts. They managed to find new meaning in each of the concerts they shoot. The highest rating, outstanding quality, original style of broadcasting. Once I’ve been in the sanctum sanctorum – the trailer from which the broadcasting of Medici.TV is carried out. There were  6 men and I was astonished by the creative atmosphere, tempo and quality of the recording they make. That’s just unbelievable.

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