Evgeny Kissin biography

Born in 1971, Evgeny Kissin began playing his first notes and improvising on the old family piano at the age of two. Aged 6, he was admitted to the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow and studied with Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who would be his only teacher. A child prodigy, he made his debut at the age of ten in Mozart's Piano Concerto K 466 and gave his first recital at the age of eleven.

Aged twelve, he performed Chopin's piano concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko. In 1988, he played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Herbert von Karajan, and made his debut in London. In 1990, he returned to the United Kingdom (BBC Proms in London) and gave his first concert in the United States, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Alongside this, he opened the Carnegie Hall's hundredth season in New York with a recital. In 1997, he was the first musician in the history of the BBC Proms in London to be invited to give a solo recital at the Royal Albert Hall. He set an audience record by attracting the biggest crowd ever seen at the Proms, and rewarded the audience with seven encores. He was also the first solo instrumentalist to perform at the Orange Chorégies in 2002.

Since then, Evgeny Kissin has performed on the biggest international stages (Carnegie Hall, Musikverein in Vienna, Barbican Centre in London, etc.). As an excellent concert performer, he has played with prestigious orchestras (Vienna, New York and Israel Philharmonics, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris Orchestra, NHK Symphonic Orchestra), conducted by Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnanyi, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Lawrence Foster, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georg Solti, Sir Colin Davis and Zubin Mehta.

In 2015, he was the guest of the Perspective series at Carnegie Hall, where he performed two recitals in under a week. He also rounded off the 2015-2016 season with the Met Orchestra conducted by James Levine, at Carnegie Hall.

Throughout his career, Evgeny Kissin has won many awards: Osaka Crystal, Shostakovich, Triumph, Herbert von Karajan, Edison Klassiek, Diapason d’Or, and Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque in France. In 2006 and 2010, he won the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and in 2002, the Echo Klassik Award for Soloist of the Year. Evgeny Kissin is the youngest ever pianist to have won Musical America's Instrumentalist of the Year Award.

Evgeny Kissin has received honorary doctorate degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (in 2010), the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Hong Kong and Ben Gurion University in Beer-Sheva.

His impressive discography of recitals and concertos, featuring works by Chopin, Scriabin, Brahms, Medtner, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Mozart, Beethoven and Prokofiev, released by RCA Red Seal, BMG/

RCA, Deutsche Grammophon, EMI Classics and Sony, has won many awards (Grammy Awards, Diapason d’Or, Choc Classica). In addition, Christopher Nuppen made a documentary about him, The Gift for Music, for RCA Red Seal.

In 2017, after 25 years of absence, Evgeny Kissin signed a new exclusive contract with his historic publisher, Deutsche Grammophon. His Beethoven double disc, consisting of pieces recorded live during the last ten years, came out on 25 August 2017.

Also a composer, Evgeny Kissin wrote The String Quartet, which was performed in 2016 by the Kopelman Quartet and in July 2017 by the Modigliani Quartet at the Rencontres musicales d'Evian.

The 2017/2018 season marks his big comeback in France. He is performing a concerto with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra (in Monaco) and with the French National Orchestra (in Paris), led by Lawrence Foster. He will also be taking to the stage at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for two special evening events: a recital (November 2017) and a chamber music concert with the Emerson Quartet (January 2018).


Direction artistique : Vladimir Spivakov

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