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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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Blog #70. Astana Piano Passion Finale

Bravo, Astana! Bravo the unique team, that organized with great enthusiasm the Competition this year. I’d like to thank Imangali Tasmagambetov for this idea and for his constant support for Astana Piano Passion. This Competition turns out to be a musical fairy tale for unique Kazakh hospitality, kindness and heartfulness. There are no more places in the world with such a wonderful atmosphere, healthy approach to competition and a good attitude. These facts affect people all over the world: unbelievable quantity of viewing on official web-site justifies it. 

The Competition is over, yesterday I was performing three concerts of P. I. Tchaikovsky in a row with maestro Gergiev in St. Petersburg , but emotions, evoked by Astana Piano Passion, still overwhelm me. We have a new “team”, new members of our big united family, and it’s priceless. I am looking forward to the forth Competition. We invite everybody to Astana in 2017. 


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Astana Piano Festival Supports Young Musicians

ASTANA – The third international classical music festival and young pianist contest directed by Denis Matsuev, a world-famous musician and People’s Artist of Russia, will take place from April 24 to May 2.

The contest will begin with the semi-finalists because the first qualifying round has already taken place via video. Participants will perform a solo programme. A concert accompanied by an orchestra will be the last segment of the event.

The prize money will total $60,000. The winners of the first three prizes will be awarded lithographs of Rene Magritte, Henri Matisse, Salvador Dali and Georges Braque paintings from the Chinggis & Ethan publishing house (Luxembourg). Winners of the special prize from Director Matsuev will participate in the following international festivals: Crescendo (Pskov, Russia), the Annecy Classic (Annecy, France) and Stars on the Baikal (Irkutsk, Russia).

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Blog # 69. Astana Piano Passion

One of the most waited and favourite events for me is coming. Astana Piano Passion Festival-Competition, which became famous all around the world in these three years for its high level of participants, unique atmosphere, and wonderful Kazakh hospitality. The format we worked out with Imangali Tasmagambetov turned out to be absolutely successful. We decided to organize a contest for young musicians (younger than 18) in three groups (younger, middle and senior). And it was more festival, than a competition. 

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Medici.TV Became an Official Partner of Tchaikovsky Competition

We have great news! Our friends from Medici.TV will perform live broadcast of Tchaikovsky Competition this summer. I’ve told you a lot of times how Medici.TV team works, how it treats classical music more fiction than traditional concerts. They managed to find new meaning in each of the concerts they shoot. The highest rating, outstanding quality, original style of broadcasting. Once I’ve been in the sanctum sanctorum – the trailer from which the broadcasting of Medici.TV is carried out. There were  6 men and I was astonished by the creative atmosphere, tempo and quality of the recording they make. That’s just unbelievable.

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Calme et tempête à l'Auditorium de Lyon : premier opus du cycle Brahms

Qu’il est difficile de commencer un concert avec une pièce comme l’Adagio pour cordes de Barber ! Surtout lorsque la salle attend avec impatience la déferlante annoncée en la personne de Denis Matsuev. Cette œuvre de Barber est un véritable tube de la musique classique, ce qui rend l’exercice d’autant plus compliqué. On ne peut pas reprocher à l’Orchestre National de Lyon de ne pas jouer sur la fluidité et la continuité du discours, notamment dans le souffle et les silences qui ont une véritable importance dans cette musique. Alors que les coups d'archet sont censés favoriser l'échange entre les pupitres et permettre que la musique file sans accroc, ils ne sont pas ici uniformisés, à l'inverse de la plupart des pièces d'orchestre. Et pourtant, les accords à l’unisson sont d’une magnifique pureté. Un grand crescendo, puis le thème revient et disparaît comme il est arrivé, sans qu’on s’en aperçoive réellement.

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Examiner Review on the Concert in Philharmony of Paris


It wasn’t the first time they’d stood on stage together and it probably won’t be the last, but this past Sunday afternoon at the Philharmonie de Paris, Valery Gergiev, Denis Matsuev and the London Symphony Orchestra generated a little more magic than usual. It was the kind of performance where there was a crackle of electricity in the air because everyone knew they had just heard something special that wasn’t about to be replicated anytime soon.

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