Pianist Evgeny Kissin, born in Moscow in 1971, is one of the best musicians of his generation. Public and critics admire him for his virtuosic and expressive playing. He has performed in the most famous concert halls with the best orchestras in the world.
Gifted with great musicality, Evgeny Kissin began playing the piano by ear at the age of two. At the age of six he entered an elite Moscow institute for young musicians. There he received lessons from Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who remained his only teacher.
His international breakthrough came in 1984. In 1990 he was heard for the first time at the BBC Proms and soon after made his first appearance in North America. Also in 1990, he opened Carnegie Hall's 100th anniversary season with a sensational debut recital.
His discography includes a Grammy-winning album.
His world tour in the 2021/22 season took him through Europe and North America. In the USA he was part of the all-star cast of the Concert for Ukraine at Carnegie Hall.
Evgeny Kissin has also received numerous prestigious awards and prizes. He has also received honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music (2001), University of Hong Kong (2009), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2014) and the National Academy of Music in Bulgaria (2021).
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata in E minor op. 90
Four ballads for piano op. 10
Six Moments musicaux op. 16
Piano Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 14