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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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New York Times Review of the Concert in Carnegie Hall

On Wednesday, after Mr. Gergiev began with Rodion Shchedrin’s short, riotously playful Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 (“Naughty Limericks”), the Russian virtuoso Denis Matsuev, 39, was the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G. Mr. Matsuev boasts a prodigious technique and interpretive flair. He is built like a weight lifter and plays with muscularity and power. His sound can be steely and harsh, especially his crash-bang dispatching of fortissimo chords.

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Denis Matsuev at Royal Festival Hall – Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz, Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Rachmaninov’s Second Sonata

Recent experiences of Denis Matsuev have not been that positive, so it was a pleasure that his International Piano Series recital went a long way to confounding expectations. True, Matsuev’s stage manner isn’t exactly ingratiating and his pragmatic engagement with the piano (here a beautifully voiced Steinway) gives very little away. Also, both halves of his programme were organised to keep the fans waiting for Denis the arsonist-as-virtuoso, which, to judge from the amount of coughing and phone-checking, was the audience’s prime interest.

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Concert in Carnegie Hall

Finally, great news! Concert in Carnegie Hall as part of our great American tour will be broadcast live by the amazing team of Medici.TV, which works with many famous festivals, including my festival in Annecy. Channel Medici.TV is famous for the fact that each broadcast of a concert of classical music, thanks to the professionalism and passion of the team, turns into a great theatrical performance. And now, thanks to our partner - AVC Charity Foundation music lovers around the world have the opportunity to see live the best concerts from Carnegie.

For each musician performance at Carnegie Hall is one of the most significant acmes, which is not surprising, because P. I. Tchaikovsky took part in opening ceremony of the hall, and S. V. Rachmaninoff played there a record number of times.

We, together with Maestro Gergiev, will perform here the Second Piano concert of P. I. Tchaikovsky. It, of course, incomparable in popularity among pianists with the First Piano concert, but we were glad to return it to posters of famous halls, and it became very popular and loved by audiences around the globe. Our record with this concert is of great success.

The most remarkable thing is that this year, the year of 175-anniversary of P. I. Tchaikovsky, the year of the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow this summer, in the hall, which was opened by Peter Ilyich his incredibly powerful and beautiful music will sound.

Watch the broadcast of the concert on January 28, 2015 at 20:00!/valery-gergiev-mariinsky-orchestra-denis-matsuev-carnegie-hall



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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