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The composition of the Culture and Arts Presidential Council was approved

Today the decree of the President of Russia V. Putin about the composition  

of the Culture and Arts Presidential Council was published.

58 cultural figures form it. The presidium consists of 15 members. Among them the adviser to the President Vladimir Tolstoy, the director of cinema concern "Mosfilm" Karen Shakhnazarov, the Hermitage Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky, the president of the Moscow Performing Arts Centre Vladimir Spivakov.

Among members of the Council are the Director of the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg Valery Gergiev, the president of the Union of Theatrical Figures of Russia Alexander Kalyagin, the artistic director of the Moscow Art Theatre Oleg Tabakov, the conductor Yury Bashmet, the editor-in-chief of "Kultura" TV-channel Sergey Shumakov and the pianist Denis Matsuev.

And traditionally all those members form the Board of trustees of "Kultura" TV-channel.


"Echo of Crescendo" in Kuzbass

Music festival “Echo of Crescendo in Kuzbass” is going on in the region of Kemerovo. During 3 days young Russian musicians accompanied by the Governor’s Symphony Orchestra of Kuzbass headed by Tao Lin perform world classics. Denis Matsuev played Prokofiev, piano concerto no.1. Follow the links to watch the videos by the “Culture” and “Vesti-Kuzbass” channels.

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"Stars on Baikal" tickets already on sale

Tickets to “Stars on Baikal” music festival are already on sale in Irkutsk. Their price remains at the last year's level, 1500-5000 roubles. The festival, which is being held for the 7th year, will start at the 9th of September and last 10 days. Denis Matsuev, Alexander Rudin, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov and more than 300 other participants will visit Irkutsk in these days. The video by the “Vesti Irkutsk” TV channel is available here.

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Annecy music festival

From the 21st to the 31st of August the French town of Annecy will host the classical music festival. The programme will consist of symphony and chamber music concerts as well as recitals. This year the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit will have the residence at the festival. The audience should expect to hear Nikolaï Lugansky, Henri Demarquette, Sergio Tiempo, Diana Higbee, Jacques Rouvier, Klaus Häger, Claire-Marie Le Guay, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Hisako Kawamura, Bertrand Chamayou, Brigitte Fossey and, of course, Denis Matsuev – the artistic leader of the event.

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Review from Baden-Baden

Web site www.klassik.com published the following review on Denis Matsuev’s concert in Baden-Baden (July, 23):

„Der Gewinner des renommierten Tschaikowsky-Wettbewerbs 1998 hat sich mittlerweile insbesondere als Interpret des russischen Repertoires einen Namen gemacht.

Er verfügt über eine pianistische Technik, deren Umschreibung als virtuos fast untertrieben ist. Das Faszinierendste an seinem Spiel ist jedoch, wie er diese technischen Fähigkeiten dazu einsetzt, Musik zu gestalten, zu formen, manchmal regelrecht zurechtzumeißeln.

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Blog #22

Please, forgive me for keeping silence these days: I was under the impression from what happened here. I am in Sochi from the day of the opening of the Olympic games. I am overwhelmed with emotions right now, and I want to talk about what I see here.

To begin with, the Opening Ceremony made a huge impression, because it was the case when everything turned out perfectly well: the Grand conception, outstanding director’s work and artistic vision and sound. Of course, the TV picture was different from what I've seen in the audience at the stadium Fisht, but I can say that of course, the Opening was 100% successful in all respects.

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Review by SA-CD.net of a new disc "Tchaikovsky. Piano Concertos 1&2 - Matsuev, Gergiev (Mariinsky label)


The Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has already shown his dazzling virtuosity on record in works by Shostakovich, Shchedrin, Rachmaninov and others. On this new generously filled (78'32”) SACD from the Mariinsky label he performs both of Tchaikovsky's completed Piano Concertos accompanied by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

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Today Two concerts of Denis Matsuev, artist of the month on Mezzo.tv



Tchaikovsky Monday 20 January 8:30pm      

Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto no.  2 – Schubert : Impromptu no.  2 – Grieg : Peer Gynt (excerpts)

Denis Matsuev (piano), Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Recorded on 12 January 2011 at Salle Pleyel, Paris – Directed for TV by Olivier Simonnet – Duration : 55’


Prokofiev Monday 20 January 9:30pm      

Denis Matsuev (piano), Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Prokofiev : Piano Concerto no. 1 – Shchedrin : Humoreske – Wagner : Lohengrin (Prelude to Act I)

Ginzburg : Fantaisie on Il Barbiere di Siviglia  – Stravinsky : Petrouchka

Recorded at the Festival Annecy in 2012 – Directed for TV by Lionel Escama


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Denis Matsuev was named the Artist of the Month on Mezzo.TV

During the January on Mezzo.TV you can watch Denis Matsuev's concerts.

Szymanowski Sunday 19 January 10pm (Paris time)

Brahms : Symphony no.  4 – Szymanowski : Symphony no.  4 ('Symphonie Concertante'), Violin Concerto no.  2

Denis Matsuev (piano), Leonidas Kavakos (violin)

London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

Recorded in 2012 at the Barbican Centre, London – Directed for TV by Olivier Simonnet – Duration : 1h32


Tchaikovsky Monday 20 January 8:30pm      

Tchaikovsky : Piano Concerto no.  2 – Schubert : Impromptu no.  2 – Grieg : Peer Gynt (excerpts)

Denis Matsuev (piano), Orchestre de Paris, Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Recorded on 12 January 2011 at Salle Pleyel, Paris – Directed for TV by Olivier Simonnet – Duration : 55’


Prokofiev Monday 20 January 9:30pm      

Denis Matsuev (piano), Saint-Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Yuri Temirkanov (conductor)

Prokofiev : Piano Concerto no. 1 – Shchedrin : Humoreske – Wagner : Lohengrin (Prelude to Act I)

Ginzburg : Fantaisie on Il Barbiere di Siviglia  – Stravinsky : Petrouchka

Recorded at the Festival Annecy in 2012 – Directed for TV by Lionel Escama – Duration : 67’

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Rachmaninov (I) Wednesday 22 January 8:30pm              

Rachmaninov : Piano Concertos no.  2 & 3, Vocalise op.34 no.  14

Denis Matsuev (piano), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Leonard Slatkin

Recorded in 2013 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow– Directed for TV by François Goetghebeur – Duration : 1h23


Rachmaninov (II) Wednesday 22 January 10pm              

Rachmaninov : Caprice bohémien, Op. 12, Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, Op. 43, Symphony no.  2

Denis Matsuev (piano), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Leonard Slatkin

Recorded in 2013 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Moscow– Directed for TV by François Goetghebeur – Duration : 1h30


Mezzo.TV

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Matsuev to play for flood-hit residents in Komsomolsk-on-Amur

World-famous Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will give its charity concert in Komsomolsk-on-Amur; his solo performance will take place on January 10

MOSCOW, January 09. /ITAR-TASS/. World-famous Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will give its charity concert in Komsomolsk-on-Amur to raise funds for people hit by a devastating flood in the Far East last summer, the press service of the Russian Culture Ministry told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

His solo performance will take place on January 10.

“Tickets for the concert are disseminated among music lovers, hit most by the natural calamity,” the press service said, adding that Matsuev would give his first concert in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and then would continue his tour across the United States and Israel.

“Let’s help Primorye!” was the first charity concert that took place in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert hall on October 21. Matsuev performed together with the Svetlanov State Symphony Orchestra. The concert unveiled a series of charity projects initiated by Russia’s Culture Ministry to help those hit by the flood in Russia’s Far Eastern regions.

“This is not only an emotional and musical message, but also an opportunity to provide real financial support,” Matsuev told Itar-Tass. “My first tour took place exactly 20 years ago. This was in the Far East. I remember all these cities, which were affected by the flood - Komsomolsk-on-Amur, Khabarovsk. I remember people who came to my concerts.”

The pianist added that he himself was born in Siberia. “I felt bad about residents of Primorye, when I knew about their misfortunes,” he said.

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Blog #21

I want to congratulate everyone on the New Year and merry Christmas! For me, these celebrations this year were especially touching, because I for the first time in 21 years, celebrated them at home in Irkutsk. Christmas meetings were warm in all respects.

For the first time on 31 December Irkutsk hosted a concert, especially the concert of such high level, with participation of stars of the Bolshoi ballet. Many of them arrived in Irkutsk literally for a day and a half to dance the most famous performances of «Swan Lake», «Don Quixote» and then immediately go on a European tour.

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Denis Matsuev talked in Khabarovsk about the Significance of the Year of culture

Charity concert artist called "scene therapy" for flood victims.

In the Hall of the regional musical theatre gathered several hundred people to enjoy the performance of the world-famous pianist. Denis Matsuev flew to Khabarovsk from his native city - Irkutsk. From the airplane to the scene. Artist had just a few hours before the concert. The acquaintance with the local piano before the performance of Matsuev took just a few minutes.

At a press conference with journalists the pianist shared his plans for the next year and noted the importance of the announced Year of culture in Russia. According to the artist, this event is the certain signal to people engaged in culture that changes are coming. In addition, the musician will take part in his first official events to be held in Vladivostok.

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Online Broadcast on Medici.TV on 16 and 17 of December

With joy I want to inform you that on 16 and 17 December, at 21:00 Moscow time on the channel Medici.TV, that consists of the team of brilliant professionals, who film and broadcast classical concerts, will broadcast the two concerts of the festival «Denis Matsuev friends» with the participation of Maestro Alexander Sladkovsky and Symphony orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan.

I can tell a lot of good words about Medici.TV. These are our friends, with whom we work on different festivals, including the Verbier and the festival in Annecy. We are very impressed by what they are doing, because they don't just shoot a video version of the concerts but stage a unique theatrical performance every time. A unique work of cameramen and sound directors creates a unique feeling of total immersion in the atmosphere of the concert.

It is great that they arrived in Kazan and recorded our first festival «Denis Matsuev friends». I am happy that I have friends like Alexander Sladkovsky and Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, which in recent years have done, in my opinion, a serious breakthrough, which could not but affect the quality of the performance and reputation of the musicians. And I am glad that the first of our regional orchestras on this famous channel will be the Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan and Maestro Sladkovsky. We did a very interesting program, that includes works by Brahms, Prokofiev, so you are welcome to watch it. Live webcast will be available at Medici.TV