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Piano Festival

16.11.-24.11. 2019



    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

    Evgeny Kissin was born in 1971 in Moscow; his father was an engineer and his mother a pianist. At the age of two, he began to play pieces on the piano by ear. His training started in 1977 at the Gnessin Music Academy in his native city; Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who was already giving him lessons at the time, remained his only teacher. Kissin’s extraordinary talent became apparent at an early age. He was only ten when he made his debut as a soloist in a symphony concert, and he gave his first solo recital the following year. In 1988 Kissin was invited to audition for Herbert von Karajan, who on the spur of the moment engaged him for the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Eve Concert. In 1990 Kissin finally made his debut in the United States with the piano concertos of Chopin, which he performed with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Since then Kissin, who has been a British citizen since 2002 and an Israeli citizen since 2013, has worked with all the leading orchestras and conductors. Along with these appearances and solo recitals, he also gives chamber concerts, as for example in the current season with the Emerson and Kopelman Quartets. Since 2002 Kissin has additionally performed as a reciter of Jewish and Russian poetry. His discography has garnered such distinctions as the Diapason d’Or, the Grand Prix du Disque, and the Edison Prize; his recording of Prokofiev’s Concertos No. 2 and 3 won both, a Grammy Award (2009) and an Echo Klassik Award (2010). His most recent release, which appeared in September 2017, is an album of Beethoven sonatas. Evgeny Kissin holds honorary doctorates from the Manhattan School of Music and from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music (2005), and has won 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.

    November 2017

    Other dates

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

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