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New photos from Irkutsk

Follow this link to watch the photos from Irkutsk: master class by Valery Vladimirovich Pyasetsky, professor of the Moscow State Conservatoire, giving diplomas to the “New Names” foundation grant holders and the concert. Photos by Evgeny Evtyukhov.

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Concert broadcast on BBC 3

April, 24, at 19 30 (London time) the BBC 3 Radio will broadcast a concert from the Royal Festival Hall. Denis Matsuev and the Philharmonia Orchestra headed by Leif Segerstam will perform Rachmaninoff, piano concerto # 2. Earlier that day, at 13 00, Denis will give an interview to the BBC 3 Radio.


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Recital in Paris

Tonight Denis Matsuev is giving a recital in Paris, in Theatre de Champs Elysees. The programme of the concert consists of Schumann, Kinderszenen and Carnival, Grieg, Poetic Tone-Pictures and Sonata E-minor and Liszt, Mephisto Waltz.

“Pour le jeu abyssal de Matsuev, qui sert ces Kinderszenen de Schumann (enregistrées en live il y a deux ans au Carnegie Hall) avec une surprenante mais séduisante liberté de ton et d'interprétation, n'hésitant pas à l'amener, parfois, vers des horizons symphoniques,”- says “Le Figaro” in anticipation of the concert.


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The final jazz concert

At the last festival concert Denis Matsuev managed to combine two incompatible things – jazz and classics. Classical musicians united with jazzmen, jazz played with classical instruments, “Polovtsian dances” by Borodin alternated with Take Five. Follow this link to watch the video.

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"New names" in Chelyabinsk

Giving grants to young gifted musicians is always the most thrilling part of every festival by Denis Matsuev. In Chelyabinsk the grants of the “New Names” foundation were given to Arseny Gorbenko (cello), Arsenty Buranov (piano) and Vladimir Petrov (piano). Follow this link to see the “Culture news”.

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Recital in Chelyabinsk

In terms of the music festival at South Ural Denis Matsuev gave a recital where he played his favourite music. Here you can watch the “Russia 24 South Ural” TV channel broadcast.

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Interview to "Russia 24 South Ural" TV channel

Denis Matsuev gave an interview to the “Russia 24 South Ural” TV channel about his regional festivals, about the secret of getting familiar with the classical art and about how to assess the cultural level of a city by one phrase only. You can watch the interview here (in Russian).

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April, 9, at 22 30 on the First TV channel you can watch the programme “First class with Ivan Okhlobystin”

There you can see Denis Matsuev from a perspective totally different from that of the recent documentary “The musician”. In the programme you will see Denis among his dearest and nearest people, playing music with friends. Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov and Leonid Matsuev, Denis’ father, will be talking about him. You can watch the programme’s trailer on the First channel official site.


International Classical Music Awards – ICMA announced the list of nominees 2014.

Two Discs of Denis Matsuev are in this List in Categories “Concert” and “Best Collection”.

Disc «Rachmaninov – Concerto No. 2 – Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blues» with Denis Matsuev and New York Philharmonic under baton of Alain Gilbert, RCA label, was nominated in category “Concert”.

Disc «Szymanowski: Symphonies n°3 & n°4, Stabat Mater», where Denis Matsuev performs Symphony Concertante with LSO under baton of Valery Gergiev, label LSO Live, was nominated in category “Best Collection”.

Ceremony will take place on 12 April 2014 in Warsaw.

Sberbank DEBUT in Kiev

On 12th of November in National Theatre of Opera and Ballet of Ukrain in 10:30 International Festival and Competition “Sberbank DEBUT” in Kiev started. Denis Matsuev is the artistic director of the festival. He will give concerts in Kiev in the frame of the festival on 12th, 14th and 17th of November at 19:00 (Kiev) or 21:00 (Moscow). Online-translations will be available on web-site of the festival.

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Denis Matsuev en appelle à Poutine pour sauver la mémoire de Rachmaninov

Le pianiste Denis Matsuev a demandé au président russe Vladimir Poutine d’intervenir pour organiser l’acquisition de la Villa Sénar, ancienne demeure de Sergeï Rachmaninov construite en 1930 au bord du lac de Lucerne en Suisse, et éviter ainsi le démantèlement et l’éparpillement des archives du compositeur.

L’angoisse autour du devenir de ce patrimoine a débuté à la mort d’Alexandre Rachmaninov, le petit-fils du compositeur, le 1er novembre 2012. Alexandre, qui résidait en Suisse, avait établi la Fondation Rachmaninov et veillé avec grande attention à maintenir le patrimoine et la flamme autour de la mémoire du compositeur.

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Official Position on the Situation with Rachmaninoff's Villa Senar

With undisguised surprise I read the post in the popular blog http://www.artsjournal.com/slippeddisc/2013/10/breaking-russian-government-has-bought-rachmaninov-estate.html, in which the author cited my colleague Mr.Gavrilov, where he talked about his personal opinion and attitude to the situation with SENAR (S.V. Rachmaninoff’s residence in Switzerland). As the artistic director, the person who protects interests of The Rachmaninoff Foundation and the head of Public Council at the Ministry of Culture of Russian Federation I am the one who’s initiated and coordinates all the process. I believe it is crucially important to clear up the situation for the correct vision to be formed.

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Behold the Mighty Matsuev

When granted Three Wishes, I usually opt for world peace, an end to disease, and economic equality. Since last night, this has changed dramatically. Now my Three Wish options are to hear Denis Matsuev and Valery Gergiev perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto in Carnegie Hall at least three more times.

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Gergiev et Matsuev, les Alchimistes

Après avoir vécu de tels instants, avoir l’infine privilège, pour une collectivité de lecteurs et de mélomanes, de mettre des mots sur une alchimie qui tient pourtant de l’indicible : voilà pourquoi je fais ce métier…

Salle comble pour l’Orchestre Mariinski, Valery Gergiev et Denis Matsuev. Trois oeuvres de Rachmaninov. Trois visions et incarnations érudites, ardentes et originales. Des musiciens, libres, communient dans un acte de recréation. C’est rare; c’est précieux.

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