Piano Recital of the Artist-in-Residence

Denis Matsuev Piano

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

  • »The Seasons«, Opus 37

Ludwig van Beethoven

  • Sonata No. 31 in A flat major, Opus 110

Pjotr I. Tchaikovsky

  • »Méditation«, Opus 72 No. 5

Sergei Prokofiev

  • Sonata No. 7 in B flat major, Opus 83

A festival of inspiration

Cyclical contemplation as the counterpoint to linear design. Tchaikovsky’s »The Seasons«, a work comprising twelve epigrams of the densest poetry, is contrasted in Denis Matsuev’s recital by the composer’s affecting Méditation. Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata exemplifies the notion of linear development towards a climax; the work’s Finale is in fact the main movement. Prokofiev’s Seventh Piano Sonata further explores the possibilities of sound and form in uncompromising fashion.

  • 08.10.2017
    11:00 Uhr

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev’s triumph at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow thrust him into the limelight and established his position as an outstanding representative of the great Russian pianistic tradition. Invitations quickly poured in to perform with the world’s top orchestras. Today he regularly appears in concert with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra as well as the great American and Russian symphony orchestras. Matsuev has collaborated with conductors such as Mariss Jansons, Mikhail Pletnev, Yuri Temirkanov, Zubin Mehta, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit and Myung-Whun Chung.

In addition to his solo engagements, Denis Matsuev directs a number of festivals and is committed to fostering the next generation of musicians. In his position as Artistic Director of the »Crescendo« Festival, he has travelled to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tel Aviv, Paris and New York. In 2010 he became Director of the  nnecy Music Festival, which aims to promote cultural exchange between France and Russia. And, as President of the »New Names« Foundation, he helps talented children in his homeland. To date, more than 10,000 young musicians have benefitted from the work of the Foundation.

In February 2014 Matsuev performed at the closing festivities of the Olympic Games in Sochi, and in the same year was named a Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO.