Performance Friday, May 3, 2013 | 7 PM

Evgeny Kissin

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Evgeny Kissin is one of the great pianists of our time, and there is always a sense of excitement and anticipation leading up to any one of his recitals—especially at Carnegie Hall.


  • Evgeny Kissin, Piano


  • HAYDN Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, Hob. XVI: 49
  • BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C Minor, Op. 111
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in F Minor, D. 935, No. 1
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in B-flat Major, D. 935, No. 3
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in A-flat Major, D. 899, No. 4
  • LISZT Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor

  • Encores:
  • GLUCK Melodie from Orfeo ed Euridice (arr. Sgambati)
  • LISZT Etude No. 10 in F Minor
  • LISZT "Die Forelle," D. 564 (after Schubert, D. 550)

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Evgeny Kissin

    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 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, 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.

    Mr. Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe; his first tour of Japan in 1986; and in December 1988, he performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berliner Philharmoniker in a New Year's concert that was 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 Osaka Symphony Hall for the best performance of the year in 1986 (his first performance in Japan). In 1991, he received the Musician of the Year prize from the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. 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-becoming the youngest-ever awardee. Mr. Kissin has received an honorary doctorate from the Manhattan School of Music; the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia's highest musical honors; an honorary membership to London's Royal Academy of Music; and most recently an honorary doctorate from the University of Hong Kong.

    Mr. Kissin's recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades, including 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 extraordinary talent inspired Christopher Nupen's documentary film Evgeny Kissin: Gift of Music, which was released in 2000 on video and DVD by RCA Red Seal.

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Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C-sharp Minor
Evgeny Kissin, Piano
Deutsche Grammophon

At a Glance

The music on Evgeny Kissin's program, presented in chronological order, spans a period of little more than half a century, from late Haydn to early Liszt. The distance in terms of musical style, however, might well be several light years. Haydn's sonata, one of his final and finest contributions to the genre, was composed from 1789 to 1790 and is fully representative of the Viennese Classical style. By the 1820s, when Beethoven wrote his final piano sonata and Schubert his impromptus, music history was well into the Romantic era with a whole new range of parameters: the suggestion of improvisation and flights of imagination replacing formal order and balance, startling contrasts replacing unity of emotion, heightened expressiveness replacing reserve and control, individuality and uniqueness replacing conformity. All four composers on this program were accomplished pianists, but Liszt was in a class by himself: His 12th Hungarian Rhapsody helped bring pianistic pyrotechnics to a whole new level.
Program Notes
Please note that if you purchase stage seating, please arrive one hour before concert time. There will be no late seating.
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This performance is part of Keyboard Virtuosos II.