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.
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 5 / Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186385 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National 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.
    Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works / Pletnev, Russian NO
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802037 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Mikhail Glinka,  Alexander Borodin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 30.
    111 More Classic Tracks [6-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001483202 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Franz Liszt,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Maurice André,  Stefan Askenase,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Karel Ancerl,  Hans Stadlmair,  John Nelson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Munich Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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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    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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    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    Best Concertos 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64739 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough,  Wayne Marshall,  Ralph Markham,  Kenneth Broadway  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis,  Wayne Marshall,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Richard Hickox  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Zen Classics - Mozart, Debussy, Etc / L. Maazel, P. Jarvi, N. Dessay, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 34865 Release Date: 11/24/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Barbara Hendricks,  Augustin Dumay,  Steven Isserlis  ... 
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Andrew Parrott,  Marek Janowski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen,  Taverner Players,  French National Radio Orchestra  ... 
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  • 42.
    Conus; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 471428 Release Date: 09/09/2008  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Julius Conus
    Performer:  David Garrett
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Pure Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 474183 Release Date: 03/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Julius Conus,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  David Garrett
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev,  Claudio Abbado
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  • 45.
    Beethoven: The Nine Symphonies / Mikhail Pletnev, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000966502 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Marianna Tarasova,  Angela Denoke,  Matthias Goerne,  Endrik Wottrich
    Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Chamber Chorus,  Russian National Orchestra
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Weekend Classics - A Russian Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000769302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Igor Stravinsky,  Aram Khachaturian,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Torgny Sporsen
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Rafael Kubelik,  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Mikhail Pletnev  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    Classical Bytes - Mozart
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000599302 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Christoph Eschenbach,  Géza Anda,  Roberta Peters,  Michael Collins  ... 
    Conductor:  Karl Böhm,  Géza Anda,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Herbert von Karajan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna State Opera Chorus Konzertvereinigung  ... 
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    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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