Siberian Bear – Denis Matsuev
Denis Matsuev is a Russian virtuoso pianist, People’s Artist of Russia (2011), laureate of the State Prize of the Russian Federation (2009). He was the winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 in Moscow, and received the Dmitri Shostakovich Award in Music. His nickname is The Siberian Bear.
Matsuev was born on June 11, 1975 in Irkutsk, Russian Federation. The boy was born into a family of musicians: his mother was a piano teacher, and his father was a well-known pianist and composer. Matsuev’s first music teacher was his father. Denis studied in a music school in Irkutsk.
In 1990 Matsuev moved to Moscow to continue his education. In the capital he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatory. In the next year he became a laureate of the International Charity Foundation New Names and gave concerts in more than 40 countries. In 1993 Denis took part in an international piano competition in South Africa, where he was awarded the first prize. In 1995 he became a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic.
At the age of 23 Matsuev won the International Tchaikovsky Competition.
He is one of the most popular pianists of the twenty-first century. Matsuev combines his own innovative musical compositions and traditions of the Russian piano school.
The majority of the world’s best known orchestras find it a great luck to cooperate with Matsuev. Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony and Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, National Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, WDR Symphony Cologne, BBC Symphony, Philharmonia orchestra of London, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, the European Chamber Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmony are among them.
Mr. Matsuev is an inveterate guest of the greatest musical festivals such as BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival in Great Britain, Ravinia Festival and Hollywood Bowl in the USA, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Germany, Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and Mito Festival in Italy, Les Choregies d’Orange and Festival de la Rogue d’Antheron in France, Verbier and Montreux Festivals in Switzerland, Enescu Festival in Romania, Budapest Spring Festival in Hungary, Athens and Epidaurus Festival in Greece and Stars of the White Nights Festival in Russia.
Matsuev also plays jazz piano music. He was the first pianist to give a jazz concert at Moscow Conservatory.
In December 2011, Denis became a professor at Moscow State University.
Matsuev loves jazz, football, tennis and bowling.