Mikhail Pletnev

Biography

Born: April 14, 1957; Archangelsk, Russia  
Mikhail Pletnev was born in Archangelsk, which is located in the north of Russia on the coast of the White Sea. By the time Pletnev began piano studies at age seven, with pianist Julia Shaskina, his family had moved to the central Russian City of Kazan in Tatarstan. Pletnev demonstrated promise and was enrolled at age 13 in Evgeny Timakin's piano preparatory class at the Moscow Central Music School. At 14, Pletnev earned the Grand Prix awarded by Read more the International Jeunesses Musicales in Paris, and at 15 he transferred into master classes headed by Yakov Flier at the Moscow Conservatory. It was under Flier that Pletnev's talent really took wing, and after taking the gold medal at the All-Union Competition in 1977, Pletnev won the coveted gold at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978. "Having rehearsed for the Tchaikovsky Competition under (Flier's) guiding hand," Pletnev once remembered, "I effectively performed there in his name."

Having paid his dues in the tough Russian competition circuit, Pletnev was now free to tour, and appeared on the concert circuit to worldwide acclaim. Critics from London, to New York, and to Tokyo alike praised Pletnev's interpretations of Scarlatti, Liszt, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, and other primarily mainstream piano composers. Some critics likened Pletnev's approach to that of Michelangeli or Horowitz. In particular, Pletnev is recognized by his affinity for Tchaikovsky, and the pianist has prepared his own transcriptions of Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, as well as recasting his opera Eugene Onegin as a ballet.

As the Berlin Wall came down, Pletnev was in the process of founding and organizing the Russian National Orchestra in Moscow. Since that time Pletnev has appeared less often in public as a pianist; he took up the mantle of conductor of the RNO and held the post until 1999. The orchestra under Pletnev made several critically acclaimed recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, including an award-winning set of Tchaikovsky's six symphonies released in 1996. Pletnev also took the orchestra on a tour to the United States during the 1992-1993 season. In addition to his world-class skills with the baton and at the keyboard, Pletnev is also a better-than-average amateur violinist, and finds the time to compose orchestral pieces and chamber music. Read less
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  • 26.
    Martha Argerich Edition - Concertos
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94031 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky,  Sergei Nakariakov  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Alexander Vedernikov,  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana,  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Rachmaninov: Symphonies No 1-3 / Pletnev, Russian NO [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001538602 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Tchaikovsky Symphony No 4, Romeo And Juliet / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186384 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 29.
    Tchaikovsky: The Symphonies / Mikhail Pletnev [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001477302 Release Date: 10/19/2010   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Zen Piano
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 28435 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  David Levine,  Aldo Ciccolini,  Leif Ove Andsnes  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Dmitri Kitayenko,  Libor Pesek,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grieg Trio,  Nash Ensemble
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  • 31.
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral Suites / Pletnev, Russian NO
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186362 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 32.
    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1167-2 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 3, Romeo And Juliet / Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453447 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 4, Francesca Da Rimini / Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453448 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5, Hamlet Overture / Pletnev
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453449 Release Date: 05/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 36.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 15 Op 141, Hamlet Op 32 / Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186331 Release Date: 04/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Martha Argerich And Friends - Live From The Lugano Festival 2008
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67051 Release Date: 04/07/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Eduardo Hubert,  Karin Lechner,  Lily Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 38.
    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Christian Zacharias,  Francois-René Duchable  ... 
    Conductor:  Libor Pesek,  Lawrence Foster,  Hans Vonk,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Hallé Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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  • 39.
    Rachmaninov: Symphony No 1, Isle Of The Dead / Pletnev, Russian Nat'l Orch
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463075 Release Date: 08/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Russian Overtures / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439892 Release Date: 04/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Ravel, Prokofiev: Concertos, Etc / Schlimé, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186080 Release Date: 04/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Francesco T. Schlimé
    Performer:  Francesco T. Schlimé
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No 11 / Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186076 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Super Audio Cd Sampler Vol 2
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186086 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gottfried August Homilius,  Richard Wagner,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Bram Beekman,  Andrew Marriner,  Julia Fischer,  Mari Kodama
    Conductor:  Yakov Kreizberg,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Ed Spanjaard,  Simon Murphy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Netherlands Chamber Choir  ... 
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  • 44.
    Taneyev: At The Reading Of A Psalm / Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186038 Release Date: 12/14/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Taneyev
    Performer:  Lolita Semenina,  Marianna Tarasova,  Mikhail Gubsky,  Andrei Baturkin
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Choir,  Russian National Orchestra,  Glinka Choral College Boys' Choir
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  • 45.
    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Etc / Ozawa, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000345202 Release Date: 11/23/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Joseph Silverstein,  Armando Ghitalla,  Jules Eskin,  Bernard Zighera
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  The American Boy Choir,  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Trio - Tchaikovsky: Symphonic Poems, Etc / Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000247602 Release Date: 06/15/2004   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Four Seasons - A Musical Calendar Of Favorite Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469376 Release Date: 01/13/2003   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Karl Goldmark,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Shlomo Mintz  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Arthur Fiedler,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 48.
    My Ballerina Album - Favorite Ballet Scenes And Melodies
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471744 Release Date: 11/12/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolas Economou,  Martha Argerich,  Jean-Marc Luisada,  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Seiji Ozawa,  Neeme Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 49.
    Mozart: Piano Concertos 23 & 24 / Mikhail Pletnev
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 59280 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
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  • 50.
    Shchedrin: Carmen Suite, Etc / Mikhail Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471136 Release Date: 08/14/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rodion Shchedrin
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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