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Blog №99. Master Pianist Series Jubilee

Today we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of «Master Pianist Series» in the famous Hall of the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). The most famous pianists from around the world took part in this series during these years. Looking through concert posters, I feel proud of the fact that I was invited to take part in this series at the invitation of the organizers many times, because it is, without the slightest exaggeration, unique in every aspect series that sets a very high standard for pianists. This is prestigious pianist series, and not every famous concert hall can boast of a project like this.

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Blog #75. Amsterdam

It was an amazing day and a very special evening. The day before our concerts on 8th and 9th of October with maestro Jansons and Bavarian Radio Orchestra, which will be recorded on DVD and broadcast live on Medici.TV, Rodion Shchedrin invited us to dinner. I wish I could convey my sentiments, I feel during our conversation with these legendary people. For the first time I came here in 2004, during that visit I recorded Fifth Concerto by Shchedrin with Bavarian Radio Orchestra and Mariss Janons. Orchestra is one of top 5 in the world in quality, emotions and perfectionism to my mind. And today, 11 years later I am here again with Mariss Jansons and Rodion Shchedrin on the eve of season opening for Bavarian Radio Orchestra.

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Blog #15

In the evening I performed a concert with the famous Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and a brilliant maestro Mariss Jansons, its chief conductor for many years already.

I was deeply impressed by the Royal Concertgebouw Hall, where we performed and of course by the orchestra, as it is one of the best orchestras in the world, with an long history, incredible sound and rich in tradition. We performed Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini by S. Rachmaninoff. I’ve had honour to work with Mariss Jansons for many years already, but it was the first time when I performed with him and the Concertgebouw orchestra. Now we are off to South America. I know that there are waves of protest on the streets. But we decided not cancel the tour and I really hope that classical music will help public there to be more optimistic and positive thinking and smooth the conflict.