October 18-30, 2016

Denis Matsuev, Piano Recital

October 18-30, 2016
Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center, Denver, Colorado
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, Massachusetts
Strathmore Hall, Music Center at Strathmore, Washington, DC

Hailed “as the successor to Russian keyboard lions like Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and … Vladimir Horowitz” (The New York Times), Denis Matsuev has been establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation. Ever since his triumphant victory at the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, he has been winning acclaim from critics and audiences alike for his combination of stunning virtuosity and clear artistic identity. Every year, Mr. Matsuev receives a standing ovation performing in the most prestigious classical venues. He sells out Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and Royal Festival Hall in London, to name a few. This brilliant dynamic artist comes to Denver, Boston and Washington DC to present a piano recital of works by Beethoven, Schumann, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, and Prokofiev.

Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, op. 110
Schumann Sinfonische Etüden Op.13 Intermission
Liszt Mephisto Waltz S.514
Tchaikovsky Meditation Op.72 No.5
Prokofiev Sonata No. 7 Op 83

Program is subject to change

About Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev has enjoyed a stellar career since his triumphant victory in the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and is now one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. He appears regularly with world-famous orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh, the London Symphony Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia and LA philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre. He has a successful creative partnership with the world’s most prominent conductors, including, V. Gergiev, Z. Mehta, M. Jansons, Y. Temirkanov, K. Masur, P. Jarvi, L. Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, A. Pappano, S. Bychkov, I. Fischer, A. Fisher, G. Noseda, J.-P. Saraste, J. Conlon, V. Spivakov, M. Pletnev, V. Fedoseyev, Y. Bashmet, Y. Simonov and others.

Mr. Matsuev is a frequent guest of world famous musical festivals such as the Ravinia Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in the United States, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival in Great Britain, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Germany, Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy, Les Choregies d’Orange and Festival de la Rogue d’Antheron in France, Verbier and Montreux Festivals in Switzerland, Stars of the White Nights Festival in Russia, and has been a repeat soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic since 1995.

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”. In 2010 he became the artistic director of Annecy Music Festival in Annecy, France. Denis Matsuev became the artistic director of International Astana Piano Passion Festival and Competition. Additionally, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names” that supports children music education in regions of his native Russia.

In a continued momentous relationship, Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation brought on by Alexander Rachmaninoff. Mr. Matsuev was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record unknown pieces of Rachmaninoff on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninoff house “Villa Senar” in Lucerne.

Awards include The Presidential Council for Culture and Art’s Honored Artist of Russia, the titles “People’s Artist of Republic of North Ossetia-Alania” and “People’s Artist of Republic of Adygea”. He is a laureate of prestigious Shostakovich Prize in Music and State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts, is a “People’s Artist of Russia.” Denis Matsuev is also Honorary Professor of Moscow State University and became the head of The Public Council under The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Matsuev performed for millions of spectators around the globe when he played Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Games. In April 2014, UNESCO designated Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.


Venue: Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center

Gates Concert Hall seats nearly 1,000 guests. Its Old World feel provides the perfect backdrop for touring productions, operas and dance companies.With coral plaster walls and mahogany and gold trim, Gates Concert Hall has the atmosphere of an elegant European opera house. The professional-size stage, orchestra pit, and fly tower permit the most ambitious operatic, musical, and dance shows. A Wenger orchestra shell enables a full symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, or chamber music group to take advantage of the Hall’s wonderful acoustics. Acoustics were engineered by Kirkegaard Associates.

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