Evgeny Igorevitch Kissin is an Israeli-Russian–British classical pianist. He has been a British citizen since 2002 and an Israeli citizen since 2013. He is commonly viewed as a great successor of the Russian piano school because of his virtuosity and powerful key touch.
Kissin was born in Moscow to a Russian Jewish family. Recognized as a child prodigy, at age six, he began piano studies at the Gnessin State Musical College in Moscow.
At the age of ten, Kissin made his debut performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor with the Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra. The year after that he gave his first recital in Moscow. Kissin's talents were revealed on the international scene in 1984, at the age of twelve, when he played and recorded both of Chopin's piano concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe. In 1987 he made his West European debut at the Berlin Festival. In 1988 he toured Europe with the Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov and also made his London debut with the London Symphony Orchestra under Valery Gergiev. In December of the same year he played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic's New Year's Eve Concert which was broadcast internationally. In September 1990, Kissin made his debut in North America playing Chopin's two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and the first piano recital in Carnegie Hall's centennial season. In 1997, he gave the first solo piano recital in the history of The Proms in London.
Kissin makes regular recital tours of Europe, America and Asia. He has performed with nearly all the leading orchestras of the world. Kissin has also performed chamber music with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, James Levine, Mischa Maisky, Thomas Quasthoff, Isaac Stern, Yuri Bashmet, and others.
Many musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Kissin. He was special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards Ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at over one billion. In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia's culture. He was the first pianist to be invited to give a recital at the BBC Proms (1997), and, in the 2000 season, was the first concerto soloist ever to be invited to play in the Proms opening concert. Source: Wikipedia
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Evgeny Kissin & Yuri Bashmet
Evgeny Kissin & Yuri Bashmet at concert, 2011
Sonata for viola and piano in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2
Jan Jiri Benda
Concerto for violin and orchestra in G major