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.
Mr. Matsuev has appeared in hundreds of recitals at the most prestigious and legendary concert halls throughout the world.
Mr. Matsuev has collaborated with the world’s best known orchestras, such as the 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, and the European Chamber Orchestra; he is continually re-engaged with the legendary Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Mariinsky Orchestra.
Denis Matsuev appears regularly with the most prominent conductors on the stage today, including Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov, Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Semyon Bychkov, Mikhail Pletnev, Leonard Slatkin, Ivan Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-Whun Chung, Vladimir Fedoseyev and others.
Highlights of upcoming seasons include appearances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Berliner Philharmoniker with Valery Gergiev, London Symphony Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berliner Konzerthaus Orchestra with Peter Feranec, Orchestra and Choir of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino under Zubin Mehta, Orchestre Philharmonic de Radio France and Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra with Manfred Honeck, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Järvi, National Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov at the BBC Proms.
Mr. Matsuev will tour with the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse in Europe with Tugan Sokhiev, the Mariinsky Orchestra in the United States with Valery Gergiev, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra of London with Yuri Temirkanov in Germany and Great Britain.
Denis Matsuev will present recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris. He will also return to the world-famous Ravinia Festival in Chicago in recital as well as with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in concert.
In December 2007, Sony BMG released a disc featuring Mr. Matsuev entitled Unknown Rachmaninoff, which has received strong positive reviews praising his execution and creativity.
Denis Matsuev’s recital at Carnegie Hall in November 2007 was recorded and will be released in 2009 as an album entitled Denis Matsuev – Concert at Carnegie Hall. The New York Times praised his performance, writing, “…his poetic instincts held fast in tender moments, with trills as thrillingly precise as one might ever hope to hear.”
In December 2009, the new Mariinsky Label will release Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 3, which Denis Matsuev recorded with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra in the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Over the past three years, Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation and its president Alexander Rachmaninoff, the grandson of the composer. 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. This unique program has been in high demand around the world.
After his triumphal appearance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Michael Church of The Independent wrote: “Matsuev spent the first half of his concert proving he had an artistic hot-line to his great predecessor… He has the rare gift of letting notes expand in a surrounding stillness.”
In October 2008, at the personal invitation of Alexander Rachmaninoff, Denis 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.
Mr. 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, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names.”