• 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.




     


    “Mr. Kissin has been playing Tchaikovsky’s First Concerto since his teens. Yet the hallmark of this performance was the searching curiosity he conveyed throughout ... Not surprisingly, this consummate virtuoso effortlessly dispatched the difficulties of the piece—the arm-blurring bursts of octaves, spiraling flights of finger-twisting passagework and more.”

    The New York Times
    October 8, 2015

     
     


    Past Concerts

    Evgeny Kissin

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


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    Evgeny Kissin

    Friday, November 6, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


    Learn More  



    Evgeny Kissin
    Itzhak Perlman
    Mischa Maisky

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


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    Evgeny Kissin: Jewish Music and Poetry

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


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    The MET Orchestra

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.”


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    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

    Program

    SCHUMANN Variations on the name “Abegg,” Op. 1
    SCHUMANN Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
    PROKOFIEV Piano Sonata No. 6 in A Major
    LISZT Liebestraum No. 3
    LISZT Rhapsodie espagnole
    CHOPIN Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2

    Encores:
    LISZT Transcendental Etudes No. 10
    SCHUMANN “Widmung,” Op. 25, No. 1 (arr. Liszt)
    PROKOFIEV Etude in C Minor, Op. 2, No. 3


    “Mr. Kissin’s audience came to be dazzled, and did not leave disappointed.”

    The New York Times
    October 2, 1990
     


    Broadcast from Carnegie Hall's 1995 Opening Night concert.

    October 5, 1995

    Carnegie Hall Opening Night

    Boston Symphony Orchestra
    Seiji Ozawa, conductor

    Program

    TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No. 1


    “The colorations of his quiet playing were ravishing; the force of his bold octaves swept over listeners like waves.”

    The New York Times
    October 7, 1995
     


    Stagebill from May 1997.

    May 13, 1997

     

    Program

    BEETHOVEN Rondo in G Major, Op. 51, No. 2
    BEETHOVEN Rondo a capriccio in G Major, Op. 129
    SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in C Minor, D. 958
    CHOPIN Ballade No. 1 in G Minor
    CHOPIN Ballade No. 2 in F Major
    CHOPIN Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major
    CHOPIN Ballade No. 4 in F Major



    Evgeny Kissin Discusses His Childhood Ambitions



     


    Stagebill from February 1999.

    February 20, 1999

     

    Program

    CHOPIN 24 Preludes, Op. 28
    CHOPIN Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60
    CHOPIN Piano Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35


    “We are moved by how much he is moved ... He is unquestionably a phenomenal talent.”

    The New York Times
    February 24, 1999
     


    Pianists Evgeny Kissin and James Levine. Photo by Steve J. Sherman.

    May 1, 2005

     

    Program

    SCHUBERT Fantasy in F Minor, D. 940
    SCHUBERT Allegro in A Minor, D. 947
    SCHUBERT Sonata in C Major, D. 812

    Encores:
    SCHUBERT Marches caractéristiques No. 1, D. 968b
    SCHUBERT Marches Militaires No. 1, D. 733


    “Evgeny Kissin and James Levine, two very talented pianists, had the hard job of playing music for a small place in a big one.”

    The New York Times
    May 3, 2005
     


    Photo by Chris Lee.

    May 3, 2007

     

    Program

    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. 22

    Encores:
    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
     


    “Mr. Kissin might have played hard to get at the beginning of the concert, but sometimes the best things in life come to those who wait.”

    The New York Times
    May 5, 2007
     

    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.



    “It takes a different kind of virtuosity to play four musical pieces and declaim 13 poems in Yiddish ... entirely from memory, all with equal mastery.”

    The Washington Post
    February 25, 2014
     

     

    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.


    Past Concerts

    Evgeny Kissin

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


    Learn More  



    Evgeny Kissin

    Friday, November 6, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


    Learn More  



    Evgeny Kissin
    Itzhak Perlman
    Mischa Maisky

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


    Learn More  



    Evgeny Kissin: Jewish Music and Poetry

    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.


    Learn More  



    The MET Orchestra

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 8 PM
    Stern 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.”


    Learn More