Evgeny Kissin's musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his
extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one
of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past. He
is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many of the world's great conductors,
Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, Carlo
Maria Giulini, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, and Seiji Ozawa, as well as all
the great orchestras of the world.
Mr. Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971. He began to play by ear and improvise on
the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted
children, Moscow's Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor,
who has been his only teacher. At the age of 10, he made his concerto debut, playing
Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D Minor, K. 466, and gave his first solo recital in
Moscow one year later. He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of
12, he performed Chopin's First and Second piano concertos in the Great Hall of the Moscow
Conservatory with the Moscow State Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko. This concert was
recorded live by Melodia, and a two-LP album was released the following year. Given the
astounding success of this recording, Melodia proceeded to release five more LPs of live
performances in Moscow over the following two years.
In 1990, Mr. Kissin made his North American debut, performing both Chopin piano concertos
with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. The following week, he opened
Carnegie Hall's centennial season with a spectacular debut recital, recorded live by BMG
Musical awards and accolades from around the world have been generously bestowed upon Mr.
Kissin over the years. He was special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards ceremony, broadcast
live to an audience estimated to be larger than one billion, and three years later
became Musical America's youngest-ever Instrumentalist of the Year. He
has also received an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music, the
Shostakovich Award (one of Russia's highest musical honors), and an honorary member of the
Royal Academy of Music in London. Mr. Kissin's recording of works by Scriabin, Medtner, and
Stravinsky (RCA Red Seal) won him a Grammy Award in 2006, and he won another Grammy in 2010
for his recording of Prokofiev's Second and Third piano concertos with the
Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (EMI Classics).