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 Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Mariinsky Orchestra. Mr. Matsuev also collaborates with the world's most prominent conductors, including Valery Gergiev, Mariss Jansons, Myung-whun Chung, Zubin Mehta, and Yuri Temirkanov.
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 SettembreMusica 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 1995.
Mr. Matsuev has led numerous musical festivals and educational projects. Since 2004, he has organized Stars on Baikal in Irkutsk, Siberia, and 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 Classic Festival in France, and in 2012, he became the artistic director of the first Astana Piano Passion festival and competition. In addition, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the Russian charitable foundation New Names, and will serve as chairman and artistic director of the organizing committee for the Grand Piano International Competition for Young Pianists in Moscow this year.
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 prestigious Shostakovich Prize and the State Prize of the Russian Federation in Literature and Arts. He is a People's Artist of Russia and a member of the Presidential Council for Culture and Art, and was recently appointed head of the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. In February 2014, Mr. Matsuev performed at the closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and in April 2014, he was named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. He will serve as Russia's FIFA World Cup Ambassador in 2018.