Denis Matsuev and the Chelyabinsk Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adik Abdurakhmanov

20:00 — 22:00
St. Petersburg State Academic Capella 20 Moyka River emb., St. Petersburg

Concert program:

  • Tchaikovsky. Symphony №1 (Winter Daydreams);
  • Tchaikovsky. Piano Concerto №1 in B Flat Minor, Op. 23.

The name of Denis Matsuev is inextricably connected to the traditions of the legendary Russian piano school, trademark superior quality of concert programs, innovative creative concepts and depth of artistic interpretation.

Mr. Matsuev's star rose quickly after 1998 when he won the XI Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow. Today Denis Matsuev is a sought-after guest in many main concert halls of the world, permanent participant of largest music festivals and long-standing partner of leading symphonic orchestras of Russia, European, North American and Asian countries. Despite his great popularity abroad, Denis Matsuev considers his top priority development of philharmonic art across Russian regions, and a significant share of his concert programs, especially premieres, are mostly held in Russia.

In 2010 the New York Philharmonic Orchestra presented to the public its 15,000th concert, the milestone that had previously not been reached by any symphonic orchestra in history. Denis Matsuev was invited to take part in the program as the soloist. The orchestra was conducted by Valery Gergiev. This landmark event took place in the Avery Fischer Hall of New York, was met with great public recognition and was praised by critics.

Over many years Mr. Matsuev has cooperated closely with most renowned Russian orchestras. He has also paid special attention to regular work with regional orchestras of Russia.

Denis Matsuev has been working closely with prominent conductors of our time, including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Maris Jansons, Zubin Meta, Riccardo Chailly, Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Paavo Järvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Vladimir Fedoseev, Yuri Bashmet, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Spivakov, Leonard Slatkin, Ivan Fisher, Semyon Bychkov, Gianandrea Noseda, Myung-whun Chung, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Manfred Honeck, James Conlon, Alexander Sladkovsky, Kristjan Järvi, and many others.

Denis Matsuev has been the soloist of the Moscow Conservatory since 1995. Since 2004 he represents his own annual personal program "Soloist Denis Matsuev." In his personal program he works with leading orchestras of Russia and other countries, and throughout the project the price of the season ticket remains affordable for his audiences.

Denis Matsuev is the art director of the Sergey Rachmaninoff Foundation. In February 2006
Mr. Matsuev joined the Council on Culture and Art under the President of the Russian Federation, in April 2006 he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia, in 2009 — the title of People's Artist of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, and in July 2012 — the title of Honored Artist of the Republic of Adygea. Another important milestone in his life was the award of the Shostakovich Prize, one of the most prestigious music awards in the world, which was presented to Mr. Matsuev in 2010. Pursuant to the Decree of the President of Russia in June of the same year Denis Matsuev was awarded the State Prize of the Russian Federation in the field of literature and art, and in May 2011 he was awarded the title of People's Artist of Russia. In December 2011 Denis Matsuev became the honorary professor of MSU. Since 2012 Denis Matsuev has headed the Public Council under the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

In 2014 Denis Matsuev was given the honor of performing during the official closing ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

In April 2014 UNESCO awarded Denis Matsuev the honorary title of the UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

In 2016 Denis Matsuev became an Ambassador of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

In December 2016 Denis Matsuev was awarded the Order of Honor.

In 2016 he became the laureate of the Russian Government's Prize in Culture for Stars on Baikal International Music Festival.

In 2019 the pianist was awarded the Lev Nikolaev Gold Medal for his contribution to education and popularization of science and culture achievements.

Adik Abdurakhmanov is the artistic director and principal conductor of Klassika Philharmonic Orchestra.

He graduated from the Saint Petersburg State Conservatory where he majored in Orchestra Instruments, the Urals State Conservatory (majoring in Opera and Symphony Conducting). Mr. Abdurakhmanov then worked in the orchestra of Mussorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Saint Petersburg (1984–1987), then as a soloist of the orchestra and conductor at Glinka Opera and Ballet Theatre in Chelyabinsk (1987–2005), and Mussorgsky State Conservatory of the Urals (1996–1999).

In 2017 A. A. Abdurakhmanov was awarded the title of the Honored Citizen of Chelyabinsk.

He is the founder and long-time manager of Klassika Philharmonic Orchestra. The performances of this orchestra have graced many a venue and became an inalienable part of cultural life in the Urals. As soloist and conductor, Adik Abdurakhmanov has actively toured across Russia and abroad, performing in Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Latvia and Lithuania. He was the first performer of a number of pieces by contemporary composers, some of which had been specially for Klassika Orchestra.

Since 1992 he has been teaching at the Chelyabinsk State Academy of Culture and Arts, and since 2003 has served as Professor and Chairman, Department of Strings, Winds and Percussion Instruments in the Orchestra. His students have become laureates of national and international competitions, many of them work in leading orchestras of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Perm, Yekaterinburg, and Chelyabinsk, as well as in Switzerland, the US and Israel.

Mr. Matsuev has won the prize of the Legislative Assembly of Chelyabinsk Region (2007), and the Golden Lyre Prize of Chelyabinsk City Administration (2009). He received commendations from the Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation (2007), New Names International Charity Program (2007) and the Union of Russian Composers (2008).

In 1999 he received the honorary title Honored Artist of the Russian Federation.