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,
including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Dohnányi, Giulini, Levine, Maazel, Muti, and 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 K. 466 Piano Concerto 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 concertosin the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the
Moscow State Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko.
Mr. Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe; his first
tour of Japan took place in 1986; and in December 1988, he performed with Herbert von
Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker in a New Year's concert broadcast internationally.
In 1990, Mr. Kissin made his first appearance at the BBC Proms in London and, in the same
year, 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 Classics.
Musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Mr. Kissin. He
received the Crystal Prize of the Osaka Symphony Hall for the best performance of the year
in 1986 (his first performance in Japan). He was a special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards
ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at more than one billion, and three years
later became Musical America's youngest Instrumentalist of the Year. In 1997, he
received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia's
culture-one of the highest cultural honors to be awarded in the Russian Republic-and he is
the youngest-ever awardee.
Mr. Kissin's recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades. Past awards have
included the Edison Klassiek in the Netherlands, Grammy Awards, and the Diapason d'Or and
Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France.
Mr. Kissin's 2011-2012 season includes engagements in major cities across Australia and
Asia, including Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Taipei, followed by a tour of major
European cities. He then embarks on an extensive tour of the Americas that includes
recitals and orchestral appearances across the US and Canada, as well as summer
performances throughout South America.