Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rising star on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.

Matsuev has collaborated with the world’s best known orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre de Paris, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, 
Berliner Philharmonic, Vienna Symphoniker, Accademia Nationale di Santa-Cecilia, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the European Chamber Orchestra; he is continually engaged with legendary Russian orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra.

Mr. Matsuev’s worldwide festival appearances include Leipzig’s Mendelssohn and Schumann Festival in Germany, the Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Mito Festival, both in Italy, Les Choregies d’Orange in France, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Enescu Festival in Romania and the Ravinia Festival in the United States. 

The 2011-12 season promises to excite, with concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and conductor Rumon Gamba, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London with Leif Segerstrom conducting, and the Nederlandse Programma Stichting. Matsuev will return for a third time to Carnegie Hall for a recital in January 2012 on a tour that will include Seattle and Los Angeles. Matsuev will also join Maestro Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra in early 2012 for a tour of Asia. In summer 2012, Matsuev will make an appearance at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and James Conlon conducting.

In the season 2010-11 alone, Matsuev appeared under the batons of Valery Gergiev (Berlin Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, London Symphony), Paavo Järvi (Orchestre de Paris and Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), Kurt Masur (Orchestre National de France), Zubin Mehta (Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Florentino), Mikhail Pletnev (The Philharmonia Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra), Vladimir Spivakov (National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia in France and Russia), and Yuri Temirkanov (The Philharmonia Orchestra, Ravenna Music Festival and St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Taiwan, Shanghai, Beijing, and Hong Kong).

Also in early 2011 he returned to the Pittsburgh Symphony with Gianandrea Noseda conducting, and in the spring, embarked on a North American recital tour including Boston, Washington, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and San Francisco.

In December 2009, the new Mariinsky Label released Mr. Matsuev’s Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3, with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, recorded in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia. In December 2007, Sony BMG released a CD of Mr. Matsuev, Unknown Rachmaninoff, and garnered strong positive reviews praising his execution and creativity. His Carnegie Hall debut recital in November 2007 was recorded live by Sony BMG and is entitled Denis Matsuev – Concert at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times said, “…his poetic instincts held fast in tender moments, with trills as thrillingly precise as one might ever hope to hear.” 

Over the past four years, Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation and its president Alexander Rachmaninoff, the grandson of the composer. Matsuevwas 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. This unique program has been in high demand around the world. In October 2008, at the personal invitation of Alexander Rachmaninoff, Matsuev was named Artistic Director of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation. As part of this partnership, he will perform in a series of gala concerts in some of the most prestigious concert halls throughout Europe and the United States.

Matsuev is Artistic Director of two important Russian Festivals: “Stars on Baikal” in Irkutsk, Siberia, and “Crescendo,” a series of events held in many different international cities, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Tel Aviv, Kaliningrad, Paris and New York City. These remarkable festivals present a new generation of students from Russia’s music schools by featuring gifted Russian soloists from around the world performing with the best Russian orchestras. The “Crescendo” festival has had incredible resonance in Russia and is under the patronage of the president of the Russian Federation. Additionally, Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names.”