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"La Stampa"

“…Following the Suite from the Amore, written in America in 1919 in the style of the avantgarde Russian theatre, here we have Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto with Denis Matsuev as soloist. He has got the clockwork technical precision and the percussive strength of the great virtuoso, and moreover the delicacy and sense of humor, at times surreal, as suggested by the composer in the delightful central movement. The young Siberian pianist, acclaimed by the audience, greeted the listeners playing an encore by Rachmaninov”


“Virtuosic Hercules at the Steinway”. Pianist Denis Matsuev conquers D?sseldorf

D?sseldorf. How beautiful, that the organizers from the Klavier-Festival Ruhr continuously more often reserve for the highlights of their concert series the venues of D?sseldorf. With the 1975 in Irkutsk born pianist Denis Matsuev in any case a real phenomenon leaped onto the podium of the Robert-Schumann Hall. Liszt’s “Mephisto”-Walz, Horowitz’ “Carmen”-Variations, Stravinsky’s “Petruchka”, no “warhorse” is safe from this man.

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Berlin Philharmonic has uploaded on its YouTube channel a part of the concert where Denis Matsuev plays Rachmaninov

Berlin Philharmonic has uploaded on its YouTube channel a part of the concert on December, 22, 2010 where Denis Matsuev and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev play Rachmaninoff, Piano concerto no.3. The concerto is considered to be one of the most difficult compositions for the piano, and to hear it performed so successfully is a rare chance. A year ago all the components were brought together: the hall of the Berlin Philharmonic with an unusual interior and unique acoustics; the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra which is year after year reckoned as one of the best orchestras in the world by the “Gramophone” magazine; maestro Valery Gergiev, who is familiar to the audience of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993, and soloist Denis Matsuev, who played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time and produced in this sense a splendid debut.

The part of the concert is available here.

You can watch the full concert on the site of the Berlin Philharmonic.

We hope that watching the concert will be a nice beginning of 2012 for you!

The programme “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov” will start tonight on “Culture” TV channel on 22.40. Denis Matsuev, Hibla Gerzmava, Sergey Bezrukov, Ekaterina Guseva, Anton Makarsky, Alexander Filippenko, Julia Rutberg, Veronika Dzhioeva, Alexey Tihomirov and Georgy Vassilyev, Vasily Ladyuk, Ekaterina Shipulina and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, violinist Sergey Krylov, Arkady Shilkloper and many more artists have prepared surprises for their admirers and will assume unusual roles for this special occasion.


Tonight Denis Matseuv plays Liszt in Mariinsky theatre


Tonight Denis Matsuev performs in St.-Petersburg, in the Mariinsky theater. In the 2nd part of the concert the pianist will play Liszt, Piano Concerto no.1 and no.2 – the repertoire was selected from the newly released album “Matsuev. Liszt”. The soloist will be accompanied by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra headed by Valery Gergiev.


"Brahms is given more glower than glow"

St. Petersburg Phil/Temirkanov in BARBICAN

It can be an interesting prospect when a visiting orchestra brings a repertoire that is not normally considered to be within its core. Brahms from St. Petersburg? He’s mainstream for all orchestras, of course, but it was always going to be worth hearing how the prime Romantic classicist fared in the hands of one of the world’s most volatile collections of musicians, alongside the more familiar exports of their fellow Russians.

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Denis Matsuev on "Culture" TV channel on New Year night

On the New Year night you can watch Denis Matsuev on “Culture” TV channel in the programme “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov”. Vladimir Spivakov, Sati Spivakova, Denis Matsuev, Svyatoslav Belza and the best musicians, opera singers, ballet dancers and drama actors will be creating the festive mood for “Culture” spectators.

Hibla Gerzmava, Sergey Bezrukov, Ekaterina Guseva, Anton Makarsky, Alexander Filippenko, Julia Rutberg, Veronika Dzhioeva, Alexey Tihomirov and Georgy Vassilyev, Vasily Ladyuk, Ekaterina Shipulina and Nikolay Tsiskaridze, violinist Sergey Krylov, Arkady Shilkloper and many more will take part in the show. Many artists have prepared surprises for their admirers and will assume unusual roles for this special occasion.


“I take part in “Culture” TV channel New Year programmes almost every year, - says Denis Matsuev, - they attract me because of their style, taste, humour and, of course, the level of professionalism of the participants. We shot all the programme in the burst of inspiration in Moscow International Performing Arts Centre. I am really glad that it happened there, - it is a grand occasion. I have different roles in the show: pianist, concertmaster and more… “Culture” channel will as always treat its audience with an outstanding New Year.

You can watch the trailer of “New Year with Vladimir Spivakov” on the web site of “Culture” TV channel.


Times Concert: St Petersburg PO/Temirkanov

…At least the soloist in Rachmaninov's Paganini Rhapsody was out to dazzle. Denis Matsuev, like many young Russian pianists, could never be accused of reticence. The Steinway takes a hell of a pounding, even in places where you suspect that Rachmaninov might have wanted the orchestra to be heard. But his technique is phenomenal: blistering passagework, steely chords. Perhaps he is the new Horowitz. His encore, Grigori Ginzburg's outstandingly tasteless but breathtaking transcription of Rossini's Largo al factotum, certainly suggested the same penchant for outrageous showmanship…

Richard Morrison, "Barbican"


Denis Matsuev debuts with the New York Philharmonic at 15.000th concert together with Valery Gergiev

Denis Matsuev, the fast-rising young Russian pianist, made his Philharmonic debut in the Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, which usually comes across as a perky work alive with jazzy energy and ornate piano writing. But Mr. Matsuev, wielding his athletic virtuosity and steely power, gave a chiseled, hard-driving yet transparent performance, matched in character and cool brilliance by Mr. Gergiev and the orchestra. The ovation was enormous, so Mr. Matsuev played an encore, showing his delicate side in a gently tinkling account of Liadov’s “Music Box.”

Anthony Tommasini, "The New York Times"


“Greatest” wins over hearts and minds

The label “greatest orchestra in the world” always needs living up to end, on the evidence of last night, the St Petersburg Philharmonic are certainly the last surviving 19th century orchestra in the world — and that’s something to be proud of.

Their playing has heart, and is a thrill to hear, even if not militarily perfect.

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New Record on ITunes

Our new record with Mariinsky Theatre orchestra and Valery Gergiev Rachmaninoff. Piano Concerto #1, first of three discs Mariinsky Label is to release this year, is available now on ITunes: 



Blog #54. Recital in London

It’s a great pleasure to invite you to my concert in London on 20 January at 19:30 at the Royal Festival Hall. London is one of my favourite cities, I love London atmosphere, the audience, orchestras, with whom I was fortunate enough to play. Luckily, I have formed great relationship with all of them, but still I would like to tell several words about London Symphony Orchestra, with which Maestro Gergiev and I have already planned a lot of interesting projects. 

However, this time I come to London with a recital, which will be held at the Royal Festival Hall - a glorified hall, within one of the most famous series - International Piano Series. I have already performed here many times, but for me, this place is still primarily associated with the legendary concert in 1982 by the great Vladimir Horowitz. Vladimir Samoylovich ended his performance with Rachmaninoff's Second Sonata, and your humble servant this time will finish the concert with the same musical composition. I am very excited about this evening and looking forward to it!

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Happy New Year!

The most fantastic, the most amazing time is approaching - the time the Christmas holidays. 

And for me a holiday feeling is much more stronger, because I went back to my home town, to my homeland, to my snow, my taiga, my Baikal, my friends, my audience, my Siberians who will come tomorrow, December 31, at our concert (my outstanding friends and I), which for all of us is becoming a good Christmas tradition in Irkutsk. 

I want to wish to everyone to be the same as the Siberians: kind, generous, willing to help each other in the most difficult situation. Unity will help us overcome any obstacles and difficulties we can face.

I want to wish to everyone that everything, you have planned and dreamed about, comes true. And I have absolutely no doubt that this year will be brilliant for those who want, dare and do not despair.

I want to wish you all to become romantic. I'm sure romanticism sooner or later will come back into our lives, and this is, undoubtedly, will make these lives beautiful.

I want to wish to everyone to be calmer and to live in peace with everyone, because friendships are radiating good energy and make us all better. Friendship unites the world, and now need it more than ever.

I want to wish you all to go to concerts of classical music more often, because it heals and comforts, if you have a bad mood or any problems. Believe me, after the concert you will feel better physically and definitely much happier. The positive the emotions that you get from contact with this art, are impossible to replace.

I want to wish you all to have our Siberian health. We, Siberians, virtually offer you this unique Siberian energy, and if it is not enough, we are waiting for you here, on the shores of lake Baikal, to charge yourself from its beauty, power and strength.

We, Siberians, congratulate you all and hope that this year will bring only the most happy and unforgettable moments and brilliant improvisations! 


Denis Matsuev


Blog #52. Moscow-Tumen-Moscow

My short visit to Moscow turned out to be extremely fruitful. First there was a meeting of Tchaikovsky Competition 2015 organizing committee in Bolshoi Theatre, where we (with Valery Gergiev and Olga Golodets) made several really important decisions. First of all, we’ve formed the jury of the competition for 90%. The whole list will be announced in January. But now, I can assure you, there are outstanding musician, soloists and professors, in it. Secondly, it was decided that the first selective audition (video-presentations of candidates) will be judged by the main jury of the contest. Due to present-day internet-technologies, they can do it easily without necessity to gather in one place. And third, the voting system’s been transformed as well. Now a member of jury votes “yes” or “no” simply. And this makes the process more transparent and unbiased. Moreover, prizes are really attractive this year. Grand Prix amounts 100 000 US dollars. And laureates will have  an opportunity to perform their debut recitals in the most famous halls with the most famous orchestras and conductors. Media coverage of the Contest will be shared by our old and world famous partner (I’ll tell you its name later) and Kultura TV Channel.

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Blog #51. Amsterdam

As I always say: there is not even one day without improvisation in my life. It gives a peculiar scent to every day. Especially when you are on tour. And today’s happening proves this. As you know I am in Amsterdam right now. Tomorrow we will give a start to a series of concerts with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and maestro Mariss Jansons. And suddenly I got a phone call from maestro Gergiev, who was curious about where I was at that very moment. And when he got my answer – Amsterdam, he was really pleased and said that he was in Rotterdam. He is to perform a concert there tomorrow with Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (they collaborated for many years). Besides he has a great festival there. And I took part in it many times.

And in less than 30 minutes Valery Abissalovich was in Amsterdam. Now we are all in the capital of Netherlands, celebrating absolutely improvisational and at the same time legendary meeting of these two masters on Dutch territory. I couldn't help sharing this news with you! See you soon!

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Ein verwegener Virtuose. Der russische Starpianist Denis Matsuev überrumpelt sein Publikum im Konzerthaus

Es herrscht Adrenalin-Alarm im Konzerthaus: Der russische Pianist Denis Matsuev, 39, stampft und stürmt durch Mussorgskys "Bilder einer Ausstellung", wie man es selten erlebt. Mit einem Streitaxt-schwingenden Gnom. Mit raufenden Kindern, die zu einer Horde fleischfressender Piranhas mutieren. Und immer wieder mit eingestreuten Hauruck-Promenaden, die alles und jeden aus dem Weg zu walzen scheinen.

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Jubelstürme für Denis Matsuev

Rund 800 Fans feiern den russischen Starpianist in der Stadthalle mit Ovationen

Gütersloh. Für Pathos hat Denis Matsuev wenig übrig. So umstandslos der russische Starpianist die Bühne betritt oder sie nach beendetem Spiel wieder mit knapper Verneigung verlässt - so schnell, dass die Beleuchtung kaum nachkommt - so direkt nimmt er sich auch die Werke dieses Abends in der Stadthalle vor.

Und da diese Schlachtrösser der Virtuosenliteratur von dem Musiker aus dem sibirischen Irkutsks mit beispielloser Grandezza bewältigt werden, bleibt den rund 800 Besuchern gar nichts anderes übrig, als den 39-Jährigen von Anfang an begeistert, am Ende gar euphorisch zu feiern.

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