Denis Matsuev

Denis Leonidovich Matsuev (Russian: Дени́с Леони́дович Мацу́ев /ma'tsujef/; born June 11, 1975) is a Russian classical pianist and occasional jazz performer.

Denis Matsuev
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Background information
Birth nameDenis Leonidovich Matsuev
Born (1975-06-11) June 11, 1975 (age 47)
OriginIrkutsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
GenresClassical, jazz
LabelsRCA Red Seal Records


Born in Irkutsk, Soviet Union, Matsuev is the only child of two musicians, as his mother is a piano teacher and his father is a pianist and composer. He demonstrated a musical ear at age 3, when he reproduced on the piano at home a melody that he heard on television.[1] His father subsequently became his first piano teacher. Until age 15, Matsuev studied music in Irkutsk. In 1990, he won a prize at the "New Names Charitable Foundation" competition in Irkutsk and received a stipend, $1,000 a month, from the foundation to study music in Moscow.[1] With other young gifted musicians from Russia discovered by the foundation, Matsuev went on tour in Europe and the United States.[2]

In 1991, Matsuev moved with his parents to Moscow to continue his musical education. He studied at the Central Music School at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1994, he took part at his first international piano competition in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was awarded the Grand Prix. In the same year, he entered the Moscow Conservatory as a student of Aleksey Nasedkin. After 1997, he studied under Sergei Dorensky. Matsuev won the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 at age 23.[3][4][5]

Concert hall in Irkutsk named after Matsuev, which serves as headquarters of the "Stars on Baikal" festival

Matsuev is artistic co-director of the international "Annecy Classic Festival" in Annecy, France, with Pascal Escande. He is also the organizer and artistic director of two international festivals in Russia: "Stars on Baikal" in his native city of Irkutsk and the annual music festival "Crescendo".[1]

In 2012 Matsuev[6] became artistic director of the 1st International "Astana Piano Passion" Festival and Competition, and in 2013 he was artistic director of the International Festival and Competition "Sberbank DEBUT" in Kyiv.

Jazz evening during the "Crescendo" festival, 2018

Matsuev and 80 other Russian artists signed a collective letter "to support the position of President Vladimir Putin on Ukraine and Crimea."[7][8]

In February 2014, at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Matsuev was a torchbearer,[9] and performed in the closing ceremony.[10]

In 2018 Matsuev was awarded the Russian Order of Honour.

In 2022, due to his public support of Vladimir Putin, Matsuev's appearance with the Vienna Philharmonic in New York on February 25, 2022, was cancelled and he was replaced by pianist Seong-Jin Cho.[11][12]

Awards, titles and honorsEdit

Matsuev being awarded the Order of Honour by President Vladimir Putin in 2018


  • Haydn, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev. © & (P) 1997 New Names.
  • Haydn, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev. © & (P) Vivendi, 1999.
  • Beethoven, Tchaikowsky, Liszt, Prokofiev. Collection Etoiles. Live recording – Eglise Notre-Dame d'Auvers-sur-Oise, 27 May 2000.
  • Liszt: Mephisto Waltz S.514, Schumann: Symphonic Etudes Op. 13, Schubert: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor D.784. Sacrambow (Japan), © & (P) 2000 JAPAN ARTS.
  • Classic Masterpieces. Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor Rico Saccani. Tchaikovsky – Piano concertos Nos. 1 & 2. Soloist: Denis Matsouev. © & (P) 2003 Independent Music & Media Alliance LTD.
  • Tribute to Horowitz. Liszt, Bizet-Horowitz, Rossini-Ginzburg. (P) & © 2004 BMG Russia.
  • Stravinsky – Firebird Suite, Shchedrin – Piano Concerto No. 5. Mariss JAansons – Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks – © 2005 Sony BMG Music Entertainment
  • Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky. I. Stravinsky – Three Movements From Petrouchka; P. I. Tchaikovsky – The Seasons. RCA Red Seal. (P) & © 2005 Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Shostakovich: Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings. St Petersburg PO/Temirkanov. RCA Red Seal (P) & © 2007 Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
  • Unknown Rachmaninoff, 18 March 2008, RCA Red Seal.
  • The Carnegie Hall Concert – Denis Matsuev (20 October 2009) RCA Red Seal.
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini – Denis Matsuev, Gergiev, and Mariinsky Orchestra (9 February 2010
  • Franz Liszt. Russian National Orchestra and Michail Pletnev. Sony Music Entertainment (Russia), 2011.
  • Franz Liszt – Piano concertos nos. 1 & 2 Totentanz; Orpheus ; Héroïde funèbre. [New York]: Sony, 2011.
  • Sjostakovitj, Dmitrij, Valerij Gergiev, and Rodion Stjedrin. Piano concertos nos. 1 & 2. State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, 2011.
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2; Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue. Sony Bmg Music, 2013.
  • Szymanowski: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4, Stabat Mater. London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (Conductor), Denis Matsuev (Artist), London Symphony Chorus (Orchestra) Format: Audio CD, 2013LSO Live Production
  • Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 Denis Matsuev (Artist, Performer), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (Conductor), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Composer), Format: Audio CD, 2014 Mariinsky Label
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 5 Denis Matsuev (Performer), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (Conductor), Sergei Prokofiev (Composer), Format: Audio CD, 2014 Mariinsky Label
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 1(1917 Edition), Stravinsky Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra (1929), Shchedrin Piano Concerto No. 2 (1936) Denis Matsuev, Piano The Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev. Mariinsky Label 2015.
  • Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2, Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2. CD, Mariinky Label January 2018


  1. ^ a b c Alison Smale (2007-04-03). "Denis Matsuev: A Russian pianist's quest to make classical music relevant". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
  2. ^ Elena Ragozhina (2011-06-23). "From new names to Crescendo: Denis Matsuev". New Style. Archived from the original on 2013-11-03.
  3. ^ Denis Matsuev. F.Liszt piano concert №1 (part 1), 1998. on YouTube
  4. ^ Denis Matsuev. 1998 F.Liszt piano concert №1 (part 2) on YouTube
  5. ^ Anthony Tommasini (2010-02-26). "Two Young Pianists, Forging Connections". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  6. ^ Jean-Pierre Thiollet, 88 notes pour piano solo, "Solo nec plus ultra", Neva Editions, 2015, pp. 51, 126. ISBN 978-2-3505-5192-0
  7. ^ (in Ukrainian) The US protested the concert pianist from Russia, which supported the annexation of Crimea, Ukrayinska Pravda (30 October 2016)
  8. ^ "Russian cultural stars back Putin on Crimea". Deccan Chronicle. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2022.
  9. ^ Denis Matsuev finished the Olympic torch relay in Irkutsk
  10. ^ Alex Heigl (2014-02-23). "Meet Olympics Closing Ceremony Piano Virtuoso Denis Matsuev". People. Retrieved 2014-12-21.
  11. ^ Tsioulcas, Anastasia (24 February 2022). "Russian conductor pulls out of New York concerts after supporters of Ukraine protest". NPR.
  12. ^ "Carnegie Hall replaces Putin pianist". 25 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Биография Дениса Мацуева". RIA News Russia (in Russian). 11 June 2015. Retrieved 2020-08-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ Russia's President Vladimir Putin awards Russian pianist Denis Matsuev with an Order of Honour
  15. ^ "Кристина Агилера, Татьяна Навка, Леонид Агутин, Филипп Киркоров и другие звезды на Российской национальной музыкальной премии". Spletnik News Russia (in Russian). 2016-12-08. Archived from the original on 2016-12-10. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  16. ^ "Объявлены победители Российской национальной музыкальной премии / Союз". Soyuz Magazine Russia (in Russian). Retrieved 2020-08-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Российская Национальная Музыкальная Премия "Виктория" почтила память Кобзона и вернула Агутина в босоногую юность". WORLD PODIUM News (in Russian). 2018-12-18. Archived from the original on 2020-07-26. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  18. ^ "Zivert и Димаш объявлены вехами времени". MK News Russia (in Russian). 2019-12-07. Archived from the original on 2019-12-06. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  19. ^ "Гений фортепиано Денис Мацуев 6 апреля выступит в Минске с сольным концертом во Дворце Республики. Билеты уже в продаже". Telegraf Belarus (in Russian). 2019-01-15. Archived from the original on 2020-07-28. Retrieved 2020-08-01.

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