Recital by Evgeny Kissin, piano
monday 17 July 2017, 8.30 p.m.
Evgeny Kissin, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonate n° 29 «Hammerklavier»
opus 3 n° 2
opus 23 n° 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 et 7
opus 32 n° 5, 10, 12 et 13
Born in 1971, Evgeny Kissin first played the piano at a tender age. He was 6 years old when he enrolled in the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow under the patronage of Anna Pavlovna Kantor.
At 12 he performed Chopin’s Piano Concertos No. 1 and No. 2 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko.
Performances in Berlin, London and Japan in 1986 marked his first triumphs on the international stage.
In 1988 he rang in the New Year in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
In 1990 he made his début at the BBC Proms in London, and then in the US, conducted by Zubin Mehta. In New York later that year he opened Carnegie Hall’s centennial season. He performs with the world’s top conductors and the most acclaimed soloists in chamber music.
Evgeny Kissin’s live performances have been honoured with the Osaka Crystal Award, the Shostakovich Award, the Triumph Award and the Herbert Von Karajan Award.
He is the youngest ever pianist to have been named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year, the only classical musician to play at the Grammy Awards, and the first to have given a recital at the BBC Proms in London.
Accolades include an Echo Klassik Soloist Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. He has been made a Doctor of Letters honoris causa by the University of Hong Kong and an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, London.
In 1988, he produced his first studio recording, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto, with the London Symphony Orchestra on RCA Red Seal. The first in a series of successful records, the album was recognised in the Netherlands with the Edison Klassiek Award, and in France with the Diapason d'Or Award and the Grand Prix from Nouvelle Académie du Disque.
His recording of the Brahms recital on RCA Red Seal received the Diapason d'Or Award in 2003.
Kissin won a Grammy Award in 2006 for his recording of Scriabin, Medtner and Stravinsky, and has released a host of acclaimed records with BMG/RCA, Deutsche Grammophon and Sony.
For a live album on EMI Classics, he recorded Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis.
In Autumn 2009 he released a recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 2 and No. 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy. More recently, he recorded Beethoven's complete piano concertos.
In June 2010, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In the same year he won a second Grammy Award, for his recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos No. 2 and No. 3.
Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music, a documentary by Christopher Nupen, is available on RCA Red Seal.
His performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta was broadcast by French TV station Arte on 31 December 2011. That same evening, Kissin appeared in a live broadcast on Mezzo, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Simon Rattle.
In 2012 he performed Scriabin’s Piano Concerto and Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Salle Pleyel, Paris, with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung. He gave recitals in major concert halls including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican in London and the Musikverein in Vienna.
In the same year he appeared twice in Carnegie Hall, in a recital, and in a performance of Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
This season, Kissin performed Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Orchestra de Paris in Salle Pleyel. He is embarking on an extended world tour of recitals that will see him perform with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, and with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Myung-Whun Chung in Salzburg.
© Sasha Gusov