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Live from Carnegie Hall: Evgeny Kissin

Almost 21 years after his Carnegie Hall debut, pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to Carnegie Hall tonight with violist and fellow Russian Yuri Bashmet. In this installment of Live from Carnegie Hall, we look at the recording of Kissin's debut concert.

Artists: Evgeny Kissin
Album: Carnegie Hall Debut Concert
Label: RCA Red Seal
Date Recorded: September 30, 1990
Fun Fact: Kissin's Carnegie Hall debut came in the same year as his BBC Proms debut at London's Royal Albert Hall.

A Carnegie Hall debut is a daunting event in any artist's career. When Evgeny Kissin took the stage to make his Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 1990, he had some additional pressures.

He was just shy of 20 years old; his debut coincided with Opening Night 1990, making him the "opening act" of Carnegie Hall's centennial season; and, finally, his debut was being recorded for release as a double album by RCA and for broadcast as part of the AT&T Presents Carnegie Hall Tonight: Centennial Edition radio series.

The young Russian pianist took it all in stride, playing a program that included Schumann, Liszt, Prokofiev, and Chopin. Kissin has since become famous for his Carnegie Hall encores—playing 12 during his May 2007 concert. The audience that night demanded encores and were rewarded with "just" three.

Since his debut, Evgeny Kissin has performed more than 20 times at Carnegie Hall, and will return next season with a concert on May 3, 2012.

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April 28,2011 Evgeny Kissin, Piano; Yuri Bashmet, Viola
May 3, 2012 Evgeny Kissin, Piano

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