October 14 2020
On Monday, there was a concert to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Tchaikovsky concert hall. I have been a soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic since 1995. I will never forget my first moments on the stage of the Tchaikovsky concert hall. I was a first-year student at the Moscow Conservatoire when Yuri Petrovich Pribegin, at that time - Director of the Moscow Philharmonic, offered me to I become a soloist at the Philharmonic. This was a huge chance and a significant moment in my life: after that offer, I began to perform frequently both in the Great hall of the Conservatory and in the Tchaikovsky Concert hall in subscription concerts with famous orchestras. When Alexey Shalashov came to the Moscow Philharmonic, a completely new stage began: now the Moscow Philharmonic's billboards can be compared to the most famous halls in the world in the notability of its names. I would like to emphasize that the level of online broadcasts of concerts conducted by the Philharmonic team is incredible. In terms of image quality and production, they can be compared to the most famous professional channels and platforms, for example, Medici or Mezzo, which specialize in classical music concerts.
There have been countless iconic concerts for me. Including those in the framework of my own subscription "Soloist Denis Matsuev", which has been started 15 years ago. I am very proud of this subscription, because many great musicians took part in it: outstanding conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Meta, Christian Thielemann, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Fedoseev, Leonard Slatkin, Paavo Jarvi, Semyon Bychkov, Gianandrea Noseda, Alexander Sladkovsky, famous soloists, outstanding orchestras and a whole constellation of amazing young musicians ("New Names" foundation laureates, participants of the "Crescendo" festival, Grand piano competition laureates). And this is really something that we can be proud of.
Just like 25 years ago, today every performance on this stage is a special honor for me and a serious professional exam. I also felt a special thrill two days ago when I performed three Tchaikovsky concertos with the remarkable State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia named after E. F. Svetlanov and Valentin Uryupin in the Tchaikovsky concert hall. This concert was supposed to take place in May, on Pyotr Ilyich's birthday, for obvious reasons it was postponed. But now we've done it.
I congratulate team of the Philharmonic on the anniversary of the Tchaikovsky concert hall. You are doing a big and important thing at these difficult times. Thanks to the fact that you strictly follow the recommendations of Rospotrebnadzor, concert life continues. Classical music heals, it inspires and helps us all overcome difficulties. Thank you all, happy anniversary!