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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.


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.


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.


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.


"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”.


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.


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).


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.


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

75th anniversary of Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov

Today is 75th anniversary of Yuri Khatuevich Temirkanov, a unique person, a fantastic musician, one of the most outstanding conductors in the world.

Temirkanov is a legend. Pupil of our great Russian Musin conductor school, he became the Patriarch of conducting who fostered a whole galaxy of unique conductors of the world level. Head for the past quarter of a century of one of the most honored and respected orchestras in Russia. Bright interpreter of Russian and foreign music, the unique interpreter of the symphony programs, which entered the history of music as a reference. One of the last of the Great Romantics on the stage.

It is the great happiness that I have the opportunity to talk to you and consider myself a close friend of yours for the past 10 years, and play along with various orchestras, first and foremost, of course, with Your pride, honored orchestra of St. Petersburg Philharmonic. It is a great honour for me to go on stage with the orchestra, because each concert turns into a unique living playing music. I’ve always shared your idea, that spontaneous birth of interpretation on the stage is the most important thing in creative work. And, indeed, on the rehearsals with You orchestra and soloist get what can be called a «sense of fraternity», a sense of teamwork. But the main miracle of birth of the music is created in an auditorium. And every concert with You, Maestro, offering Your unique interpretation and fantastically supporting my interpretation on the stage - this is primarily an invaluable lesson and simultaneously an endless happiness for me. 

I want to congratulate You, and wish to remain the same romantic, with a surprisingly subtle ironic note, save Your fantastic sense of humor and an amazing ability to speak and play «between the lines». I wish You to be on stage as long as possible and sincerely hope that we’ll have a lot of new projects and performances together.

This day we can't but mention. December 14, together with amazing musicians on the stage of the Great Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic, we will perform a concert for George Khatuevich, which according a long-established tradition he will watch from his personal theatre box. I am looking forward for this concert. Broadcast of the concert can be seen on the TV channel «Culture» on the same day, December 14.

I wish You health, amazing concerts and marvelous romanticism and as always joint improvisations on stage!

Embrace You,

Your Denis Matsuev.

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.


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.