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Matsuev: A Pianist Aglow

St Petersburg Philharmonic in Bridgewater Hall, Sunday

Denis Matsuev is a pianist you write home about—immediately. His technique has reached such an inexorably virtuosic height that it passes you by, endowing you instead with his commanding presence and a glowing sense of revelations.

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Denis Matsuev became Honorary Professor of Moscow State University

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.

Video broadcasts from the event were made by “Russia 24” TV channel and "Culture" TV channel.

Denis Matsuev performs in Moscow State University

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.

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New video added to Denis Matsuev's YouTube channel: Valery Gergiev and Denis Matsuev in the documentary “Symphony accompanied by the rumble of wheels”

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 Burykin.

You can watch the video here.

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Denis Matsuev performed at the reception on the occasion of Russia’s accession to WTO and at the concert in terms of the “White Rose” charity project

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 available here.

At the press conference Denis Matsuev spoke about how it was to play Liszt's piano and why he is not running for presidency

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”.

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December, 15 Denis Matsuev gives a press conference concerning his new album

December, 15 Denis Matsuev gives a press conference in the Moscow Philharmonic concerning the release of his hew album “Matsuev. Liszt”.

“Matsuev. 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”.

The 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".

“Liszt 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 right decision”.

During 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”.

In 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 “Matsuev. Liszt”.

December, 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.

You can watch the album's official trailer on Denis Matsuev's official YouTube channel.

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Denis Matsuev played a series of concerts in Siberia and gave awards to the young grant holders of the "New names" foundation

Denis Matsuev’s 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 Krasnoyarsk.

The broadcast of the TV channel “Region-Tyumen” is available here.

A Timetable of Airing on Mezzo.tv Concert of Denis Matsuev and Symphony orchestra of Tatatrstan under baton of Alexander Sladkovsky. Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto #1

1. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Tu 11/11/2014 17:00:00 (Paris time)

2. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 12/11/2014 00:18:00

3. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 12/11/2014 13:00:00

4. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre  du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Th 13/11/2014 20:30:00

5. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Fr 14/11/2014 08:52:00

6. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Tu 25/11/2014 17:00:00

7. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 26/11/2014 00:00:00

8. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 26/11/2014 12:28:00

9. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Th 27/11/2014 20:30:00

10. Mezzo HD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Fr 28/11/2014 09:00:00

11. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Sa 29/11/2014 09:00:00

12. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Su 30/11/2014 00:00:00

13. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 3/12/2014 20:00:00

14. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Th 4/12/2014 16:30:00

15. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Fr 5/12/2014 13:00:00

16. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Sa 13/12/2014 09:00:00

17. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Su 14/12/2014 00:00:00

18. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 17/12/2014 20:00:00

19. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Th 18/12/2014 16:30:00

20. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Fr 19/12/2014 13:00:00

21. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Su 28/12/2014 00:00:00

22. Mezzo SD

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Su 28/12/2014 20:32:00

23. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

We 31/12/2014 20:00:00

24. Mezzo Asie

L'Orchestre du Tatarstan joue Scriabine, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov et Tchaïkovski, Kazan

Fr 2/01/2015 13:00:00


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Blog # 37

Today we 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.

Everyone is 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 law.

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.

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First reviews on Denis Matsuev's concert in Barbican Hall. London Evening Standard

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.

Nick Kimberley

London Evening Standard

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Music Festival STARS ON BAIKAL 2014

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.


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