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This was the stunning final encore at Evgeny Kissin's Carnegie Hall debut, Sept 30, 1990.
An Interview with Evgeny Kissin
Evgeny's legendary Tokyo Recital at age 14
Beethoven Sonata No. 14 "Moonlight Sonata"
Chopin: Revolutionary Etude
Chopin: Etude No. 3 in E Major, Op. 10
Rachmaninoff: Prelude in C Sharp Minor
Chopin: Nocturne Op. 27 No. 2
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NOTE: Evgeny Kissin has released well over 100 albums. We have included here only those available by digital download. To explore all 107 of Evgeny's albums available on Amazon including CD and vinyl, click HERE.
Prokofiev: "Etude Op. 2 No. 3"
This is a mini documentary about the Grammy winning recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3.
Prokofiev Recital at the 2009 Verbier Festival.
Evgeny's amazing encore, Prokofiev's "Suggestion Diobolique"
-- Rich Waterman, Real Piano Music
Prokofiev: "Etude Op. 2 No. 3"...... such an unassuming name for a song, the perfect performance of which, had just forever changed my perception of what was musically possible for a pianist to achieve. Though I eventually forgot the name of the song, I never once forgot the performance. The very recording I heard that day, Evgeny Kissin's performance of "Etude Op. 2 No. 3" as a final encore at his stunning Carnegie Hall debut recital in 1990, is in the first YouTube video below. To this day, I've never heard a piano played with such unimaginable prowess-- save for any of Evgeny Kissin's subsequent performances, most notably his incomprehensibly brilliant performance of Prokofiev's "Suggestion Diabolique" at the 2009 Verbier Festival in Verbier, Switzerland. (video also below).
Even as far back as his recordings of Chopin's Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 at the age of 12, and his Tokyo recital at the age of 14, he had the depth of sound and mature technique of a concert pianist who had been performing for years. I personally believe Evgeny Kissin is the world's greatest living pianist, and could very well be recognized by future generations as the greatest pianist to have ever lived.
Notably, Evgeny Kissin has been awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the University of Hong Kong, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Ben-Gurion University. Therefore, speaking for myself and my fellow artists and fans, we are profoundly honored to welcome Dr. Evgeny Kissin to Real Piano Music.com.
If you ask anyone who knows anything about great classical piano music, they can probably tell you where they were and what they were doing when they first heard an Evgeny Kissin recording. I can still remember the first time I was introduced to his genius. Some years ago, as an amateur pianist who enjoyed great piano music, but who had never heard of Evgeny Kissin, I purchased a compilation of piano music entitled, "Great Pianists of the 20th Century," (pictured right). As I began to listen to the performances of the great artists, I came across a recording that stopped me dead in my tracks. I played it again just to be sure I wasn't imagining things. I had never conceived that such music existed, much less that a human being would be capable of playing it. I fumbled for the CD literature and found the name of the song and the artist. Here is the actual excerpt which was my first ever introduction to Evgeny Kissin:
Real Piano Music says:
Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has remained his only teacher. At the age of ten, he made his concerto debut playing Mozart's Piano Concert K. 466 and gave his first solo recital in Moscow one year later.
He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of twelve, he performed Chopin's Piano Concertos 1 and 2 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow State Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko. This concert was recorded live by Melodia, and a two-LP album was released the following year. During the next two years, several Kissin performances in Moscow were recorded live and five more LPs were released by Melodia.
Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe, followed a year later by his first tour of Japan. In 1987 he made his West European debut at the Berlin Festival. In 1988 he toured Europe with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov and also made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. In December of the same year he performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in a New Year's concert which was broadcast internationally, with the performance repeated the following year at the Salzburg Easter Festival. Audio and video recordings of the New Year's concert were made by Deutsche Grammophon.
In 1990 Mr. Kissin made his first appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London and that same year made his North American debut, performing both Chopin piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. The following week he opened Carnegie Hall's Centennial season with a spectacular debut recital, which was recorded live by BMG Classics.
Musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Evgeny Kissin. In 1987 he received the Crystal Prize of the Osaka Symphony Hall for the best performance of the year 1986 (which was his first performance in Japan). In 1991 he received the Musician of the Year Prize from the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy. He was special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards Ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at over one billion, and became Musical America's youngest Instrumentalist of the Year in 1995.
He received the prestigious Triumph Award in 1997 for his outstanding contribution to Russia's culture, one of the highest cultural honors to be awarded in the Russian Republic, and again, the youngest-ever awardee. He was the first pianist to be invited to give a recital at the BBC Proms (1997), and, in the 2000 season, was the first concerto soloist ever to be invited to play in the Proms opening concert. In May 2001 Kissin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Manhattan School of Music.
In December 2003 in Moscow, he received the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia's highest musical honors. In June 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London. In 2005, he was awarded the Herbert von Karajan Music Prize, and in 2009 he was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the Hong Kong University.
Mr. Kissin's recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades, having contributed significantly to the library of masterpieces recorded by the world's greatest performers. Past awards have included the Edison Klassiek in the Netherlands, Grammy awards, and the Diapason d'Or and the Grand Prix of La Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France. His recording of works by Scriabin, Medtner and Stravinsky (RCA Red Seal) won him a Grammy in 2006 for Best Instrumental Soloist and, in 2002, he was named Echo Klassik Soloist of the Year. In 2010, he was awarded the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with orchestra) for his recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (EMI Classics).
Mr. Kissin's extraordinary talent inspired Christopher Nupen's documentary film, Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music, which was released in 2000 on video and DVD by RCA Red Seal, and is available HERE.
Evgeny Kissin is in demand the world over, and has appeared with many of the world's great conductors, including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Dohnanyi, Giulini, Levine, Maazel, Muti, Mehta and Ozawa, as well as all the great orchestras of the world.
--The Times, 10th May 1999
"All the hall marks of his genius - and one does not use the word lightly - were on display: the rich, sonorous tone, the dazzling fingerwork and, above all, the inspired fantasy. So compelling is Kissin's pianism, so fresh his response to even the most familiar phrases, that one hangs on every note. The end of the slow movement found me gripping the armrest of my seat, mesmerized by the poetry of his reading."
In 2010, Evgeny Kissin won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with orchestra) for his recording of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3.
The Telegraph (various articles)
The Guardian (March 03, 2000)
The Jewish Chronicle Online (Dec 30, 2009)
Mideast Dispatch Archive (Dec 05, 2013)
Napa Valley Register (Aug 17, 2003)
Concerto to Israel (Feb 07, 2015)
The Hamilton Spectator (Aug 07, 2014)
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Etude No. 6 in G sharp minor, Chopin
Chopin: Etude Op 25 No 11 "Winter Wind"
Evgeny Kissin's Grammy winning recording of Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Full)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Full)
Evgeny Kissin's Grammy winning recording of Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Full)
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Full)
NOTE: Evgeny Kissin has many more videos than we could fit on this page. We have selected our very favorites.
Evgeny Kissin has been a featured artist on Real Piano Music.com since Feb 5, 2015.
"Montagues and Capulets," from Romeo and Juliet.
La Campanella (Liszt)
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