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 appears with the world's best-known orchestras, such as the Chicago,
Pittsburgh, and London symphony orchestras; the New York, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles
philharmonic orchestras; the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Berliner Philharmoniker; the
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; the BBC Symphony
Orchestra; and the Mariinsky Orchestra. Mr. Matsuev also collaborates with the world's most
prominent conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons, Yuri
Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Paavo Järvi, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-whun Chung, Antonio Pappano,
Semyon Bychkov, Iván Fischer, Ádám Fischer, Gianandrea Noseda, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James
Conlon, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yuri Bashmet, and Yuri
Simonov, among others.
Mr. Matsuev is a frequent guest at such music festivals as the Verbier, Lucerne, and
Montreux festivals in Switzerland; BBC Proms and Edinburgh International festivals in Great
Britain; Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, and Baden-Baden festivals in Germany; 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 in
Russia. Mr. Matsuev has also been a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra since
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 Classical Festival in 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.
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 the Russian Federation in Literature and Arts. He is a People's Artist of
Russia and an honorary professor at 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 Olympics in Sochi.
In April 2014, Mr. Matsuev was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.