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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019

 

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    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
    Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 13 Grande Sonate Pathétique
    Fifteen Variations and Fugue in E-flat major, Op. 35 Eroica Variations
    Piano Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, no. 2 The Tempest
    Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 53 Waldstein Sonata

    What a Beethoven performer! At his last Lucerne recital, which took place in November 2017, Evgeny Kissin had the “Mount Everest” of the composer’s 32 piano sonatas on his program: the formidable Hammerklavier Sonata, around which even a keyboard titan like the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff stayed clear of throughout his life. His compatriot Kissin, however, not only mastered its technical hurdles with astonishing ease but also succeeded in making this gigantic, craggy work sound like a unified whole, penetrating deep into its unfathomable secrets. This exhilarating experience is being continued this year with an all-Beethoven recital in which he will combine three of the most popular sonatas with the equally famous Eroica Variations. Evgeny Kissin moreover associates Beethoven’s art with an ethical mission: “Beethoven was always concerned with the entire human race, and that is why his music belongs to all people,” he explains. “His music helps you to live. And to assert yourself against all obstacles.”

    Evgeny Kissin

    The son of an engineer and a pianist, Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in 1971 and began playing piano pieces by ear at the age of two. He started his training at the Gnessin Music School in his hometown in 1977; Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who instructed him then, remained his only teacher. Kissin showed his extraordinary talent at an early age. He was only ten years old when he made his soloist debut in a symphony concert; he gave his first solo recital in the following year. Evgeny Kissin was invited in 1988 to audition for Herbert von Karajan, who immediately engaged him for the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert. He made his U.S. debut in 1990 with Chopin’s piano concertos, which he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Since then, Evgeny Kissin, who currently holds British and Israeli citizenship, has worked with the leading orchestras and conductors. In addition to these appearances and his solo recitals, he also gives chamber concerts: as, for example, last season with violinist Itzhak Perlman. Since 2002 Kissin has additionally performed recitations of Yiddish poetry. His recordings have garnered such awards as the Diapason d’or, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Edison Prize, and his accounts of Prokofiev’s Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 won a Grammy Award (2009). His most recent releases include an album of Beethoven sonatas and, in June 2019, a collection of piano quartets and quintets by Mozart, Fauré, Shostakovich, and Dvořák with the Emerson String Quartet. Evgeny Kissin holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; is an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music (2005); and has received the Shostakovich Prize (2003), the Karajan Prize (2005), and the Premio Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli (2007).

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1993 in the First Piano Concerto of Sergei Prokofiev, with Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic.

    October 2019

    Other dates

    18.30 | KKL Luzern, Auditorium
    Concert Introduction with Susanne Stähr (in German)

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