Russian pianist Denis Matsuev.Sergey Fadeichev / TASS
“My American tours have been some of my favorite performances over the past 15 years, especially on such a significant stage as Carnegie Hall,” Matsuev says. “Today’s performance is special. This is my 10th solo recital at this venue.”
According to Matsuev, every performance at this theater is a special honor for him. “It opened in 1891 with a concert of the New York Symphony Orchestra conducted by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky also performed here,” he recalls. “Carnegie Hall has its own special aura.”
Every time Matsuev plays Carnegie Hall, he draws up a new program for the audience, never repeating himself. At today’s concert the musician will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons, Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana and three fragments from Stravinsky’s Petrushka ballet. “This is one of my favorite programs,” Matsuev says.
The pianist says that he has a “warm long-term relationship” with the U.S. “I love American audiences, New York City especially and look forward to our meetings with enthusiasm and impatience,” Matsuev adds.
A Carnegie Hall spokesperson stated that it is always a great honor for American audiences to welcome Matsuev. “He is a virtuoso in the grandest Russian tradition of pianism,” the Carnegie Hall website reads.
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