Evgeny Kissin, Biography
Evgeny Kissin (Russia, born 10. October 1971) is one of the world's greatest solo pianists and known for performing with enormous virtuosity, intense expressiveness and powerful key touch.
His mother is piano teacher, his father engineer. At the age of 2 years and 2 months, he started playing the piano by ear. At the age of 6, he was discovered as child genius and received piano lessons from Anna Kantor at the Gnessin State Musical College for gifted children. When he was 10 years old, he gave his debut as soloist with orchestra, playing the Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20, KV 466. Aged 12, he performed and recorded live the Chopin Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra under Dimitri Kitaenko. At the age of 17, he played the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23, with conductor Herbert von Karajan.
Meanwhile, Kissin has performed with nearly all the leading orchestras of the world, under such conductors as Claudio Abbado, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Daniel Barenboim, Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Sir Georg Solti.
Many musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Kissin. He makes regular recital tours of Europe, America and Asia.
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