“…[a] virtuoso in the tradition of Gilels, Richter, or Horowitz.”
Since his triumph at the Eleventh International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998, Denis Matsuev has emerged not only as an exceptional virtuoso schooled in the grand Russian tradition who quickly established himself as one of the most commanding and nuanced pianists of his generation, but also as an influential public figure spearheading major artistic, educational, and charitable initiatives.
He regularly appears with many of the world's most prestigious orchestras in the United States—the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra; in Europe with the Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonia Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and in Russia, where he performs with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Mariinsky Orchestra, and Russian National Orchestra, regularly collaborating with leading conductors, among them Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, Christian Thielemann, Leonard Slatkin, Iván Fischer, and Manfred Honneck.
He has played recitals at New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Festival Hall, Concertgebouw, in Amsterdam, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, where he is a fixture, while also frequenting the festivals of Lucerne, BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Salzburg Easter, Ravinia, and Hollywood Bowl.
An exclusive RCA Red Seal artist, Matsuev has recorded works of Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Syzmanowski, and Shchedrin, many of them eliciting high praise.
He has served as the Artistic Director of the Annecy Music Festival in France, devising programs that brought together the rich musical cultures of Russia and France. Deeply committed to providing opportunities and support to emerging young artists, Matsuev has served as Artistic Director of Sberbank Debut and Crescendo—the latter a unique festival that enables young musicians at the beginning of their careers to perform in cities across Russia, France, Israel, and the United States. He has also created the Grand Piano Competition for young Moscow-based pianists.
A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Matsuev is the President of New Names, a charitable Russian foundation that identifies and fosters musically talented children, promoting music education across Russia. More than 10,000 children have received grants and/or opportunities to perform in public.