Evgeni Kissin

Biography

Born: October 10, 1971; Russia  
Although the U.S.S.R.'s system of identifying and training musically talented youngsters produced amazingly precocious pianists on a regular basis, Evgeny Kissin stood out from the rest for a talent far surpassing that of the usual Wunderkind. He has become, seemingly without difficulty, one of the finest adult pianists on the world's concert stages. His life was marked by early milestones. At two, he began playing and improvising at the piano. Read more At six he was admitted to the Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children. Anna Pavlovna Kantor was his teacher at the Gnessin School, and she remained his only teacher, even traveling and living with his family. At ten, he debuted playing Mozart's Piano Concerto, K. 466, with the Orchestra of Ulyanovsky. His first solo recital was in Moscow at age 11. In March 1984, when he was 12, he played both Chopin concertos in the Moscow Conservatory Great Hall with Dmitri Kitaenko conducting the Moscow State Philharmonic, which also became his first recording.
An appearance at the 1987 Berlin Festival, where he played Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan, was his debut in the West. He was then 16 and was hailed as a remarkable and mature artist. Recording contracts with western companies were soon to follow. He returned to Western Europe for a 1988 tour with the Moscow Virtuosi, Vladimir Spivakov conducting. In the same year he debuted at the BBC Promenade Concerts with David Atherton conducting, and closed out the year at the traditional Berlin Philharmonic New Year's Eve concert under Karajan.
The two Chopin concertos were the vehicles for his American debut with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. Ten days later he followed this with a sensational New York recital debut at Carnegie Hall. Predictions of a major piano career were common, and have since been entirely borne out.
His amazing finger dexterity and power are coupled with an electrifying stage personality. His performances are dramatic and beautifully judged, musically. He tours widely, and his records are eagerly awaited. He appeared on the 1992 Grammy Awards ceremony, and in 1995 became the youngest person ever awarded the Musical American Instrumentalist of the Year. In 1996, the Russian government granted him the Triumph Award for Excellence, one of its highest honors for culture. In 1997 he was the first ever to give a solo piano recital as one of the BBC Proms concerts. The more-than-6,000 seats of the hall were sold out. Read less
Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Demidenko, Kissin, Wit
Release Date: 11/16/2010   Label: Accentus  
Catalog: 20104   Number of Discs: 1
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    Verbier Festival: Best Of 2014
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 551695 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Scriabin,  Arvo Pärt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Sergei Babayan,  Daniil Trifonov,  Jan Lisiecki  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Gábor Takács-Nagy,  Marc Minkowski,  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Beethoven / Abbado, Berliner Philharmoniker
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002347002 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Violeta Urmana,  Thomas Moser,  Thomas Quasthoff,  Karita Mattila  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Chorus,  Eric Ericson Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 3.
    111 - The Piano - Legendary Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002281002 Release Date: 04/21/2015   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Géza Anda,  Martha Argerich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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  • 5.
    Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 5429362 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 6.
    Khrennikov: Violin Concertos, Piano Concertos / Vengerov, Kissin, Repin
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9448 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Tikhon Khrennikov
    Performer:  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin,  Maxim Vengerov,  Tikhon Khrennikov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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  • 7.
    James Levine at Carnegie Hall / Kissin, Met Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001909402 Release Date: 09/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 8.
    Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Mazurkas; Waltz / Kissin, Kitayenko, Moscow Philharmonic
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001994 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Dmitri Kitayenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Beethoven Masterworks Collection  [51-CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001813172 Release Date: 03/19/2013   Number of Discs: 51
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Janet Perry,  Agnes Baltsa,  Vinson Cole,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Eliot Gardiner,  Carlos Kleiber,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 10.
    Coming Home: Israel Philharmonic 75th Anniversary [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059094 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059458 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Coming Home: Israel Philharmonic 75th Anniversary
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2059098 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Rachlin,  Vadim Repin,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Dances & Dreams - Gala Concert From Berlin 2011 [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058724 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dances & Dreams - Gala Concert From Berlin 2011
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2058728 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 15.
    Prokofiev: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 3 / Kissin, Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001697102 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 16.
    The Russian Archives - Evgeny Kissin Plays Chopin & Liszt
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94397 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 17.
    Ultimate Piano Concerto Collection (W/Cdrom) (Box)
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9098 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 30
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Derek Han,  Evgeni Kissin,  Karin Lechner,  Klára Würtz  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Freeman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Eduardo Marturet  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Israel Chamber Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    The Art of Piano - Great Pianists of the 20th Century
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4732 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Various
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin,  Daniel Barenboim,  Claudio Arrau,  Tamás Vásáry  ... 
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  • 19.
    Kissin Plays Liszt
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 783948 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz Liszt
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 20.
    Evgeny Kissin - Chopin Vol 2
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62542 Release Date: 05/04/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
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  • 21.
    Piano Concertos Warsaw 2010
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 10202 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 22.
    Chopin: The Piano Concertos / Demidenko, Kissin, Wit
    Label: Accentus   Catalog: 20104 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Nikolai Demidenko,  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    The Art Of Chopin
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3078948 Release Date: 08/30/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Evgeni Kissin,  Martha Argerich,  Krystian Zimerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Antoni Wit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Legendary Russian Pianists
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 9014 Release Date: 06/02/2009   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Kerer,  Konstantin Igumnov,  Yakov Flier,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Gauk,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  David Oistrakh,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  USSR Radio/TV Symphony Orchestra,  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 25.
    Beethoven: Complete Piano Concertos / Kissin, Davis, London SO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6311 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Evgeni Kissin
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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