Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev
has become a virtuoso in the grandest Russian tradition of pianism, and has quickly
established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation.
Mr. Matsuev performs with the world's best-known orchestras, such as the New York and Los
Angeles philharmonics; the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National symphony orchestras; The
Philadelphia Orchestra; Berliner Philharmoniker; the London Symphony, London Philharmonic,
and Royal Philharmonic orchestras; Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Leipzig Gewandhaus
Orchestra; Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne; the BBC
Symphony and Philharmonia orchestras; the Verbier and Budapest festival orchestras;
Filarmonica della Scala; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di
Santa Cecilia; Orchestre National de France; Orchestre de Paris; Orchestre Philharmonique
de Radio France; NHK Symphony Orchestra; Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Israel
Philharmonic Orchestra; European Chamber Orchestra; National Orchestra of Belgium; Lucerne
Symphony Orchestra; and Baltic Youth Orchestra. He also has ongoing engagements with such
legendary Russian orchestras as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Mariinsky
Orchestra, and Russian National Orchestra.
Upcoming highlights include appearances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mariss
Jansons, Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnev, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
and Zubin Mehta, and Chamber Orchestra Vienna-Berlin. In the US, Mr. Matsuev gives concerts
with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Conlon and the Pittsburgh Symphony
Orchestra under Manfred Honeck. His European tour includes concerts with the London
Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Valery Gergiev, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Zubin Mehta,
Orchestre de Paris, and Orchestre National de Lyon under Leonard Slatkin. He also tours
Asia with the LSO and Valery Gergiev, and gives concerts in Australia.
Recital appearances include performances in Boston and Washington, DC; London (Royal
Festival Hall); Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música); Rome (Sala Santa Cecilia); Amsterdam
(Concertgebouw); a tour in Germany that includes concerts in Berlin (Konzerthaus), Munich
(Herkulessaal), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), and Düsseldorf (Tonhalle); and Moscow (Great Hall of
the Moscow Conservatory).
Mr. Matsuev regularly appears with distinguished conductors that include Valery Gergiev,
Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Kurt Masur, Paavo Järvi,
Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alan 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, and Yuri Bashmet, among
Mr. Matsuev is a frequent guest at such music festivals as the Verbier, Lucerne, and
Montreux festivals in Switzerland; the BBC Proms and Edinburgh International festivals in
Great Britain; Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, and 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 US; Chopin Festival in Poland; Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Mito Festival in
Italy; Enescu Festival in Romania; Baltic Sea Festival in Sweden; and Stars of the White
Nights Festival in Russia.
Mr. Matsuev has hosted an original series, Soloist Denis Matsuev invites … , for eight
consecutive years at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Many famous orchestras,
prominent conductors, and outstanding soloists have participated in the series. In 2010,
Mr. Matsuev performed as soloist at Avery Fisher Hall for the New York Philharmonic's
15,000th concert-a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra. Conducted by Valery Gergiev,
the event was highly acclaimed by critics.
Mr. Matsuev has led numerous musical festivals and educational projects. Since 2004, he
has organized Stars on Baikal in Irkutsk, Siberia, and in 2009 he was awarded the title of
Honorary Citizen of Irkutsk. Since 2005, he has been the artistic director of 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 the Annecy Music Festival in Annecy, France; in 2012, he became the artistic
director of the first International Astana Piano Passion Festival and Competition; and in
2013, he became the artistic director of the International Festival and Competition
Sberbank Debut in Kiev. In addition, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian
foundation New Names, which discovers and supports talented children and helps develop
music education throughout regions of his native Russia. More than 10,000 children have
been given the opportunity to perform on a professional stage through the foundation's
Mr. Matsuev's discography includes Unknown Rachmaninoff, released in 2007 by RCA Red Seal.
His Carnegie Hall recital in November 2007 was recorded and released in 2009. Releases on
the Mariinsky label include Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3, Shostakovich's concertos
nos. 1 and 2, and Rodion Schedrin's Fifth Concerto with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky
Orchestra. Mr. Matsuev's recording of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 and Gershwin's
Rhapsody in Blue with the New York Philharmonic under Alan Gilbert was released in April
2013. In September 2013, LSO Live released a new disc that features Mr. Matsuev and the LSO
under Valery Gergiev in a performance of Szymanowski's Symphonie concertante. Gramophone
chose Mr. Matsuev's recording of Tchaikovsky's concertos nos. 1 and 2 as its recording of
the month in April 2014.
At the invitation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's grandson Alexander Rachmaninoff, Mr. Matsuev
has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation, performing and recording unknown
pieces by Rachmaninoff on the composer's own piano at his house in Lucerne, known as Villa
Senar. Mr. Matsuev has since become the artistic director of the foundation.
Mr. Matsuev is the recipient of awards that include the Presidential Council for Culture
and Art's Honored Artist of Russia, the prestigious Shostakovich Prize in Music, and the
State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts. He is a People's Artist of Russia
and an Honorary Professor of Moscow State University, and was recently appointed head of
the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. In February
2014, he performed at the Closing Ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic games in Sochi. In
April 2014, UNESCO designated Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.