Denis Matsuev Pianist
Since his stunning victory at the 11th Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Denis has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the grandest of Russian pianistic tradition.
Laureate of prestigious Shostakovich Prize in Music and State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts, Mr. Matsuev has appeared in hundreds of recitals at the most prestigious and legendary concert halls throughout the world and has performed with the world's best known orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, WDR of Cologne, BBC Symphony, “Philharmonia” Orchestra of London, Verbier and Budapest Festival Orchestras, Filarmonica della Scala, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, NHK Symphony, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as well as the European Chamber Orchestra. In 2016 Denis Matsuev was chosen to perform with for NYO-USA under the baton of Valery Gergiev during their European tour. He is continually re-engaged with the legendary Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra.
In October of 2016, Denis launched a US & Canadian recital tour with stops in Toronto, Ann Arbor, Denver, Vancouver, Rohnert Park & Berkeley-CA, New York at Carnegie Hall (Keyboard Virtuoso’s series), Boston, & Washington DC. In 2016-17 he made appearances in London at Royal Festival Hall (International Piano series), Madrid in Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Amsterdam in Concertgebouw (Master Pianist’s Series) Moscow (the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory) and performances with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and at the Ravinia Festival.
Denis Matsuev regularly appears with the most distinguished conductors on a stage today, including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Paavo Jarvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alain Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Semyon Bychkov, Iván Fischer, Adam Fisher, Gianandrea Noseda, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Conlon, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yury Bashmet and others.
Mr. Matsuev is a frequent guest of world famous music festivals such as the Verbier Festival and Lucerne Music Festival in Switzerland, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival in Great Britain, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Germany, Les Chorégies d’Orange and Festival de la Rogue d’Anthéron in France, Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl in the U.S., Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Mito Festival in Italy, Montreux Festival in Switzerland, Enescu Festival in Romania, Baltic Sea Festival in Sweden and Stars of the White Nights Festival in Russia.
For 12 consecutive years Denis Matsuev has hosted an original series at The Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory “Denis Matsuev invites…” of which many famous orchestras, prominent conductors, and outstanding soloists have taken part in.
For many years Denis Matsuev has led numerous musical festivals and educational projects which have added to his role as a prominent public figure. Since 2004 he has organized “Stars on Baikal” in Irkutsk, Siberia (in 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Irkutsk), and since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the music festival “Crescendo” (a series of events held in international cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tel Aviv, Kaliningrad, Paris and New York). In 2010 he became the artistic director of Annecy Music Festival in Annecy, France, with the goal to bring together Russian and French music cultures. In 2012 Denis Matsuev became the artistic director of I International “Astana Piano Passion” Festival and Competition as well as the artistic director of International Festival and Competition “Sberbank DEBUT” in Kiev in 2013. In 2016 Denis Matsuev as the artistic director of the Competition and chairman of the Organizing Committee started a new competition for young pianists in Moscow - Grand Piano Competition.
Additionally, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names” that discovers and supports talented children and helps to develop music education in regions of his native Russia.
In 2007, RCA Red Seal released Unknown Rachmaninoff featuring Mr. Matsuev. His Carnegie Hall recital in November 2007 was recorded and released in 2009 as an album entitled Denis Matsuev – Concert at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times praised this performance writing “…his poetic instincts held fast in tender moments, with trills as thrillingly precise as one might ever hope to hear.”
Mariinsky Label releases include Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3, Shostakovich Concertos No. 1, No. 2 and Schedrin’s Fifth with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in the famed Mariinsky Concert Hall. Norman Lebrecht wrote: “Neither is a virtuoso vehicle and, the composer apart, there is no pianist who has stamped these works decisively as his or her own. Denis Matsuev, a Siberian who made his name in Rachmaninoff is perhaps the first to come close”.
In April 2013 Denis Matsuev presented the record (RCA Red Seal) with S. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody in Blue by G. Gershwin, accompanied by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of its music director Alan Gilbert.
In September 2013 the label LSO Live released a new disc with Denis Matsuev and LSO under baton of Valery Gergiev performing Symphonia Concertante by K. Szymanowski.
Gramophone has chosen Denis Matsuev’s recording of Tchaikovsky Concerti Nos. 1 & 2 as their recording of the month in April 2014.“Matsuev’s Tchaikovsky No. 1 is thrilling, the work’s drama excitingly to the fore – a new ‘personal benchmark’, says Jeremy Nicholas. That’s for you to decide, of course, but do hear it.” Gramophone (UK)
In 2016 his recital at Carnegie Hall was included in the Jubilee edition of the CD-collection “Great Moments at Carnegie Hall”, as well as new releases with Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and a DVD of his recital “Live from Royal Concertgebouw”.
For many years Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninov Foundation. Mr. Matsuev was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record Rachmaninov’s unknown pieces on the composer's own piano at the Rachmaninov house “Villa Senar” in Lucerne. Later, he became the artistic director of the Foundation.
Denis Matsuev is a “People’s Artist of Russia.” He is also the Honorary Professor of Moscow State University, a member of The Presidential Council for Culture and Arts, Honored Artist of Russia and he recently became the head of The Public Council under The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
In February 2014 Denis Matsuev was awarded the honour of performing at the official Closing Ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic games in Sochi.
In April 2014 UNESCO designated Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
In 2016 Denis Matsuev was announced as the latest 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ambassador.