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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Denis Matsuev Makes Toronto Recital Debut




“A virtuoso in the grandest of Russian traditions who returns us to the great days of Emil Gilels... He literally possesses the sort of technique which begins where others end” – Gramophone

“Perhaps he is the new Horowitz.” – London Times

Mr. Matsuev’s hands were so sturdy in the double octave runs that they seemed fused together at the wrists, and his ability to turn on a dime and render a quiet line dynamically exquisite.” – Pittsburg Post-Gazette (February 5, 2011)

Show One Productions proudly presents the debut Canadian recital tour of Russian virtuoso pianist Denis Matsuev this May. He makes his Toronto recital debut Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m. at Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Tickets, $55-75, and information are available via; or phone (416) 408-0208.

Matsuev performs four major works: Schubert’s Sonata in A minor (Op. 143), Beethoven’s Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 (Appassionata), and, in honour of the composer’s bicentennial, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Matsuev, who has been artistic Director of the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation since 2008, concludes his program with Rachmaninoff’s Sonata in B flat minor, No. 2, Op, 36 (Second Edition).

Show One also presents Matsuev at Montreal’s Place des Arts May 5, and at Vancouver’s Chan Centre for Performing Arts, May 14.


Ever since his triumphant victory at the 1998 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Matsuev has been establishing himself as one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.

His breathtaking virtuosity and clear artistic vision have consistently won him critical acclaim and an enthusiastic following for both his solo recitals and orchestral engagements. His appearances have taken him to the world’s major concert halls, among them New York’s Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, and Salle Gaveau in Paris. He regularly collaborates with the finest orchestras – including the New York Philharmonic, symphony orchestras of Vienna, Chicago, Bavarian Radio, BBC and Frankfurt Radio; the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Rotterdam Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic – and such famed conductors as Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Yuri Temirkanov and Maris Jansons. With Maestro Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic of Russia, Matsuev made his Canadian orchestral debut in 2009.

This season sees Matsuev in eastern and western Europe, the U.S. and China with Maestros Spivakov, Gergiev and Temirkanov, as well as Paavo Järvi, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta and Mikhail Pletnev.

Matsuev’s recordings include Unknown Rachmaninoff, featuring hitherto unknown works played on the composer’s piano at the Rachmaninoff house in Lucerne. It was praised for his execution and creativity.

Originally from Irkutsk, Siberia (where he played hockey as a boy), Matsuev is now artistic director of that city’s Stars on Baikal festival. He also holds that position with “Crescendo”, a series of events, under the patronage of the president of the Russian Federation. Held in many different international cities, Crescendo showcases a new generation of students from Russia’s music schools. Matsuev is also president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names”.



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