St Petersburg Philharmonic in Bridgewater Hall, Sunday
Denis Matsuev isapianist you write home about—immediately. His technique has reached such aninexorably virtuosic height that itpasses youby,endowing you instead with his commanding presence andaglowing sense ofrevelations.
December, 25 Denis Matsuev
became Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University. For the second
year running the pianist takes part in the public concert for students
and professors in terms of the series “MSU Chancellor invites…”. When
the cloak and the medal were presented to the new professor, he
confessed that he was not ready for the lecture. Instead of delivering a
lecture Denis Matsuev and the Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra headed by
Alexander Sladkovsky performed Liszt, Piano concerto. The Assembly Hall
of the Moscow State University with 1500 persons capacity was full, the Chancellor of the MSU, Victor Sadovnichy, also came to listen to the new Honorary professor.
Today you can listen to Denis Matsuev in the Assembly
Hall of the Moscow State University at the public concert for the
students and professors of Moscow universities. The concerts takes place
in terms of the series “MSU Chancellor invites…”. Denis Matsuev and the
Tatarstan Symphony Orchestra headed by Alexander Sladkovsky will
perform Liszt, Piano concerto no.2, and New Year waltzes.
The 10th Easter
festival headed by Valery Gergiev turned into a marathon for the
musicians: 18 cities, 4 borders, 2 concerts a day. The spectators
perceive the festival as a festive occasion but very few of them think
about what a distance have the participants covered, how long have they
slept, how their instruments were transported. In the documentary
“Symphony accompanied by the rumble of wheels” you can watch the
festival from Valery Gergiev’s, Denis Matsuev’s and the Mariinsky
Symphony Orchestra’s point of view. In the movie you can hear
compositions by Ravel, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Verdi.
The documentary was shot in 2011. Direction and script by Alexey
Denis Matsuev has recently performed at several meaningful events in Russia and abroad.
December, 16, in the evening Denis Matsuev played in President Wilson
hotel on the shore of Geneva lake at the reception on the occasion of
Russia’s accession to WTO. The pianist and the Mariinsky Theatre
Symphony Orchestra performed Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich – composers,
who traditionally present Russian culture on the international scale.
The next day, December, 17 Denis Matsuev and the orchestra headed by
Yuri Temirkanov took part in the concert “Stars in Kremlin”, which was
organized in terms of the “White Rose” charity project. The essence of
the project is to build medical centers in Russia that will be
diagnosing and revealing female oncological diseases at an early stage.
December, 18 there was a concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow
Conservatoire dated to the release of Denis’s new album “Matsuev.
Liszt”. At the concert they presented the compositions from the 1st CD
of the album: Piano concerto no.1, Piano concerto no.2 and “Totentanz”.
The pianist was accompanied by the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra headed
by Yuri Simonov. The “Culture” channel video from the Conservatoire is
December, 15 Denis Matsuev gave a press conference in the Chamber hall of the Moscow Philharmonic concerning the release of his new album “Matsuev. Liszt”. The album is dated to the famous Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt’s 200th anniversary and consists of 2 CDs that include some of the most interesting compositions by Liszt: Piano concerto no.1 and no.2, “Totentanz” and the symphonic poems “Orpheus” and “Heroic elegy”. Read more...
15 Denis Matsuev gives a press conference in the Moscow Philharmonic
concerning the release of his hew album “Matsuev. Liszt”.
Liszt”, the pianist’s sixth album, was recorded in the Great Hall of
the Moscow Conservatoire in August 2011, which was dated to the famous
Hungarian pianist and composer Franz Liszt’s 200th
anniversary. The album is released on the label “RCA/Red Seal” (Sony
Music) on 2 CDs that include some of the most interesting compositions
by Liszt: Piano concerto no.1 and no.2, “Totentanz” and the symphonic
poems “Orpheus” and “Heroic elegy”.
album was recorded with the Russian National Orchestra headed by the
outstanding Russian director Michail Pletnev - People's Artist of RSFSR,
laureate of 3 State awards of the Russian Federation and the "Grammy"
award (2005). The sound man of the album is Philipp Nedel, laureate of 2
"Grammies" (2002, 2009), who worked with Matuev on his latest relases,
including "The Carnegie Hall Concert".
is one of my favourite composers, - says Denis Matsuev, - each of his
works is connected with a certain period in my life. For example, I won
the XI International Tchaikovsky competition with Liszt, Piano concerto
no.1. My teacher Sergey Dorensky and me decided to perform Liszt, Piano
concerto no.1 instead of Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto no.3 literally a
few days before making the application. And it turned out to be the
13 years after the victory the musician nurtured the idea of creating
an album dedicated to the great Hungarian composer. Director Michail
Pletnev helped Denis put this idea into practice: “We have been talking a
lot with Michail Vasilyevich Pletnev about Liszt and his works. And, of
course, we played Liszt very often together. That’s why I didn’t even
think about another programme and another orchestra: Liszt – and only
with the Russian National Orchestra! And by all means with “Orpheus”,
which is a rarely played piece. I am sure that even the listeners who
are familiar with this music will find out something new in it”.
is notable that earlier this year, on October, 22, Denis Matsuev became
the only pianist who was invited to play Liszt on the festivity day at
the National Concert Hall in Budapest. Before the concert Denis was
honoured a chance to touch the piano in F. Liszt Museum that once
belonged to the great musician. Along with the concert Denis held a
meeting in Budapest with the students and professors of the piano
faculty of F. Liszt Academy and made a presentation of his new album
18, on the day when the album is released in Russia, Denis Matsuev and
the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Yuri Simonov will perform
the programme of the 1st CD: Piano concerto no.1, Piano concerto no.2 and “Totentanz” in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire.
The international release of the album will take place on December, 26.
Siberian tour is over. December, 8 the pianist gave a concert in Tyumen,
December, 10 – in Omsk, December, 12 – in Nobosibirsk and December, 13 –
in Krasnoyarsk. In these cities he chose to play Schubert, Grieg,
Beethoven, Stravinsky and Liszt. “I love these compositions, I’ve played
them many times. It is the romantic repertoire, my favourite
repertoire. I feel comfortable with it, because I am in a romantic age
now,” – says Denis.
In each of the
cities Denis not only performed, but also gave awards to the young grant
holders of the “New names” foundation. This year the “New names”
project is 22 years of age. Its creator and permanent head is Honoured
Art Worker Ivetta Voronova, who suggested it in 2008 that Denis Matsuev
should become the president of the foundation. The “New names”
foundation artistically promotes gifted children in the sphere of the
classical art. During all the history of the “New names” programme more
than 22 000 of young musicians have joined it. “95% of the modern
Russian classical musicians come from the “New names”, - points out
Denis Matsuev and recollects that his own life changed considerably
after the “New names” audition in 1990: the commission said they would
like to invite the young pianist to Moscow.
The “New names”
foundation gives its grant holders a most versatile support: workshops
with the best teachers, purchase of musical instruments, an opportunity
to go to summer music school near Suzdal. There is an idea of creating
an international music academy for children on the basis of the “New
names” foundation. During his Siberian tour Denis Matsuev gave personal
grants to the young gifted children from Tyumen, Omsk, Novosibirsk and
The broadcast of the TV channel “Region-Tyumen” is available here.
are opening the season with "the Israeli-Siberian" orchestra, it is
fair to call it so, because it is still fresh in memory how IPO came to Irkutsk
for participation in the festival "Stars on Baikal". That was a great
event not only for Irkutsk, but the whole of Russia, as well as the diving of
Maestro Meta in the waters of lake Baikal.
excited. Musicians from IPO come to me to talk about what they remembered
during the trip, to make a declaration of love to Irkutsk and lake Baikal and
to say that they definitely want to visit Irkutsk again. Maestro Mehta said
that when we build a new concert hall, he with IPO will definitely come and
play at its opening. So that is settled. And we know that Zubin Mehta’s word is
IPO is an
outstanding, versatile team led by a unique man, Zubin Mehta, with whom I was
fortunate enough not only to perform, but also to talk and be friends. This season
opening concert in Tel Aviv for me gives the start to a series of six concerts
where I am going to perform Third Concerto for piano and orchestra by S. V.
Rachmaninoff and Third Concerto by L. Beethoven.
The highlight, though, was Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto. This is not for the faint-hearted pianist; it demands muscular dexterity and an ability to deliver, not only a quality of ardent longing but also something of the cocktail lounge. Matsuev responded with thrilling virtuosity, his fingerwork faultless, his rhythmic drive flexible and imposing.
As always Irkutsk welcomes gathering of classic music stars in September. Denis Matsuev’s festival “Stars on Bailkal” starts these days. This year festival includes performances with the Israel Philharmonic orchestra under baton of Zubin Mehta, this is the first time ISO comes to Irkutsk. Vladimir Spivakov also comes to the festival right after celebrating his jubilee in Moscow. Thanks to eloquence of Denis Matsuev, maestro Spivakov is going to restart his career as a violinist during this Festival, which is for sure very important for world music industry.
The show takes place at two sites: in Zagursky Musical theatre and in the Concert Hall of the Irkutsk Philharmonic. The opening was made by the young pianist, Okui Shio performed during the Grand opening of the Festival. She is only nine years old and she is familiar to viewers of Kultura channel as a participant of the TV-contest "the Nutcracker". Okui Shio performed Beethoven’s First Concert. Violinist Ivan Pochekin played the Second concerto of Niccolo Paganini. Denis Matsuev was the soloist in "Blue Rhapsody" by Gershwin.
Igor Belza, son of Svyatoslav Belza, world famous TV-anchorman, music critic, music researcher and historian, who passed away just over three months ago, becomes the compere of festivals’ concerts.
As Svyatoslav Belza had been the host of the Festival Stars on Baikal for many years, this year’s Festival Denis Matsuev dedicated to him.
"It was a unique person, a man of unique dignity, a musketeer. In his youth he was keen on fencing. A man of amazing emotional subtlety. And there was something of a Siberian in him, that's for sure. His warmth, his kindness, and simplicity in communication with different people, whether it is high-ranking people or any person that comes to him after the concert," says pianist Denis Matsuev.