Evgeny Kissin’s connection to Carnegie Hall is legendary. In 1990, he made his famed debut, launching the Hall’s centennial season. Now—for the Hall’s 125th anniversary—he returns as a Perspectives artist to curate a series in which he explores his artistic interests and musical discoveries. Throughout this historic series, the virtuosity, versatility, and penetrating intellect of one of the world’s greatest pianists will be on full display.
Kissin is a thoughtful musician who is passionate about his heritage, particularly the music and poetry of Eastern European Jewry. In mid-December, he performs rarely heard piano works by lesser-known Jewish composers and recites some of his favorite Yiddish poetry in a program that previously received tremendous acclaim at the Kennedy Center.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 8 PMStern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Evgeny Kissin’s mastery of a vast range of repertoire is showcased in performances of a playful Mozart sonata, Beethoven’s fiery “Appassionata,” evocative Spanish music, and Romantic works by Brahms. Albéniz paints stunning musical portraits of Spain with vibrant colors and stirring melodies. Brahms’s Three Intermezzos, Op. 117, are delicately wrought, gentle-hearted miniatures with lullaby-like themes that run through each.
Friday, November 6, 2015 | 8 PMStern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8 PMStern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Romantic piano trios by two beloved composers are performed by a superstar team of pianist Evgeny Kissin, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Mischa Maisky. One of the great works from his last years, Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 1 in B-flat Major has an abundance of spontaneous melodies and touches of gentle sentiment. With its opening “Pezzo elegiaco” (“Elegiac piece”) and stunning set of variations on a traditional theme, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A Minor is an impassioned masterpiece.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 8 PMStern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
When Evgeny Kissin performed rarely heard piano works by lesser-known Jewish composers and recited Yiddish poetry at the Kennedy Center in 2014, the occasion was praised by audiences and critics alike. Jewish folk themes and hints of Debussy and Ravel make Alexander Krein’s Suite dansée extraordinarily unique; Jewish themes also play a seminal part in Bloch’s Piano Sonata. Interspersed between the musical selections, Kissin reads portions of poems by Yiddish writer Yitzhak-Leybush Peretz.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 8 PMStern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
It’s an evening abundant with passion, melodic splendor, and dazzling color—elements that make Russian music thrilling. Glinka’s energetic Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila sets the stage for his festive grand opera. Superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin is on hand for one of most beloved concertos in all music: Rachmaninoff’s famous Piano Concerto No. 2. The program concludes with Tchaikovsky’s impassioned Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique.”
Since launching Carnegie Hall’s centennial season in 1990 with a spectacular debut recital recorded live as a double album by BMG Classics, Mr. Kissin has earned the veneration and admiration of audiences worldwide as one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation.
Explore some of the highlights from Evgeny Kissin's career at Carnegie Hall.
Evgeny Kissin speaks about his Carnegie Hall Debut and stage seats.
September 30, 1990
Carnegie Hall Debut
SCHUMANN Variations on the name “Abegg,” Op. 1SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A MajorLISZT Liebestraum No. 3LISZT Rhapsodie espagnoleCHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2Encores:LISZT Transcendental Etudes No. 10SCHUMANN “Widmung,” Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. Liszt)PROKOFIEV Etude in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3
Broadcast from Carnegie Hall's 1995 Opening Night concert.
October 5, 1995
Carnegie Hall Opening NightBoston Symphony OrchestraSeiji Ozawa, conductor
TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1
Stagebill from May 1997.
May 13, 1997
BEETHOVEN Rondo in G Major, Op. 51, No. 2BEETHOVEN Rondo a capriccio in G Major, Op. 129SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G MinorCHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F MajorCHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat MajorCHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Major
Stagebill from February 1999.
February 20, 1999
CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60CHOPIN Piano Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35
Pianists Evgeny Kissin and James Levine. Photo by Steve J. Sherman.
May 1, 2005
SCHUBERT Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940SCHUBERT Allegro in A Minor, D. 947SCHUBERT Sonata in C Major, D. 812Encores:SCHUBERT Marches caractéristiques No. 1, D. 968bSCHUBERT Marches Militaires No. 1, D. 733
Photo by Chris Lee.
May 3, 2007
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in E-flat Major, D. 568
BEETHOVEN Thirty-Two Variations on an Original Theme in C Minor, WoO 80
BRAHMS Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
CHOPIN Andante spianato and Grand Polonaise, Op. 22Encores:
LISZT Notturno No. 3 in A-flat Major from Liebesträume
MENDELSSOHN “Spinnerlied” from Songs Without Words, Op. 67, No. 3
HOROWITZ Variations on a Theme from Bizet’s Carmen
CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
CHOPIN Waltz in D-flat Major, Op. 64, No. 1, “Minute”
BEETHOVEN Ecossaise in E-flat Major
BRAHMS Waltz in A-flat Major, Op. 39, No. 15
CHRISTOPH GLUCK / GIOVANNI SGAMBATI “Melodie d'Orfée”
CHOPIN Waltz in E Minor, Op. posth.
CHOPIN Fantaisie-impromptu in C-sharp Minor, Op. 66
MOZART Rondo alla turca from Sonata in A Major, K.331
BACH (arr. Wilhelm Kempff) Siciliano from Flute Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV 1031
A brilliant solo artist whose concerts sell out months in advance, Kissin gives a recital in early November and—for the first time in his career—repeats the program at Carnegie Hall later in the week. In December, he makes a rare and eagerly anticipated foray into chamber music, performing in an all-star trio with violinist Itzhak Perlman and cellist Mischa Maisky.