Evgeny Kissin, piano
As part of the Piano Masters Series in The International Concert Series 2012/2013
Haydn Sonata No. 59 in E flat major
Beethoven Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111
Schubert 4 Impromptus:
No. 1 in F minor, Op. 142 (D935)
No. 3 in G flat major, Op. 90 (D899)
No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 142 (D935)
No. 4 in A major, Op. 90 (D899)
Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12 in C sharp minor
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 Concerto K. 466 and gave his first solo recital in Moscow one year later.
In 1990, 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 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. In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia’s culture, one of the highest cultural honours to be awarded in the Russian Republic, and again, the youngest-ever awardee.
His 12/13 season sees engagements in major cities across Europe, including London, Milan, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, and many more. We are delighted to welcome back this outstanding pianist to the National Concert Hall for a programme of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert & Liszt.
Presented by The National Concert Hall