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Herbst Theatre Welcomes Denis Matsuev, Piano Recital, Sunday, Jan. 24


Denis5 (1)Internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso to perform pieces by Tchaikovsky, Schuman and Stravinksy

Cherry Orchard Festival brings the acclaimed piano virtuoso, Denis Matsuev, to San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102) on Sunday, January 24 at 7 p.m. The dynamic pianist returns again to San Francisco for the January 24th recital, which will feature works including Tchaikovsky’s Seasons, Schumann’s Kreisleriana, and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. Tickets ($55-$105) are available now at or by phone (415) 392-4400.

Since his triumphant victory in the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Denis Matsuev has enjoyed a stellar career and is now one of the most sought-after musicians of his generation. He appears regularly with world-famous orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh, the London Symphony Orchestra, NY Philharmonic, Philadelphia and LA philharmonic, Concertgebouw, Berliner Philharmoniker, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.Matsuev also has a successful creative partnership with the world’s most prominent conductors, including, V. Gergiev, Z. Mehta, M. Jansons, Y. Temirkanov, K. Masur, P. Jarvi, L. Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, A. Pappano, S. Bychkov, I. Fischer, A. Fisher, G. Noseda, J.-P. Saraste, J. Conlon, V. Spivakov, M. Pletnev, V. Fedoseyev, Y. Bashmet, Y. Simonov and others.

Matsuev’s passionate approach has garnered accolades from numerous respected critics, with the New York Times naming him, “the successor to Russian keyboard lions like Evgeny Kissin, Arcadi Volodos, and Vladimir Horowitz” and The Washington Post calling him, “an absolute powerhouse of a pianist, capable of vanquishing the most technically demanding music in the repertory.”

Mr. Matsuev is a frequent guest of multiple world famous musical festivals including  the Ravinia Festival and the Hollywood Bowl in the United States, BBC Proms and Edinburgh International Festival in Great Britain, Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden in Germany, Chopin Festival in Poland, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Italy, Les Choregies d’Orange and Festival de la Rogue d’Antheron in France, Verbier and Montreux Festivals in Switzerland, Stars of the White Nights Festival in Russia, and has been a repeat soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic since 1995.

Denis Matsuev is a prominent public figure and for many years has led numerous musical festivals and educational projects.  Since 2004 he has organized “Stars on Baikal” in Irkutsk, Siberia and in 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Irkutsk. Starting in 2005 he became the artistic director of the music festival “Crescendo” and in 2010 he became the artistic director of Annecy Music Festival in Annecy, France. Additionally, Mr.Matsuev is the president of the charitable Russian foundation “New Names” that supports music education for children in regions of Russia.

In a continued momentous relationship, Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation brought on by Alexander Rachmaninoff. Matsuev was selected by the Foundation to perform and record unknown pieces of Rachmaninoff on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninoff house “Villa Senar” in Lucerne.

Denis Matsuev has been honored and recognized with many awards including The Presidential Council for Culture and Art’s Honored Artist of Russia, the titles “People’s Artist of Republic of North Ossetia-Alania” and “People’s Artist of Republic of Adygea”. He is a laureate of the prestigious Shostakovich Prize in Music, State Prize of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts, and is a “People’s Artist of Russia.”  Denis Matsuev is also Honorary Professor of Moscow State University and has become the head of The Public Council under The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

Most recently, he was viewed by millions of spectators around the globe while performing excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s second piano concerto at the closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympic Games.

In April 2014, UNESCO designated Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.

Tickets for Denis Matsuev’s piano recital at Herbst Theatre are $95 – $105 for orchestra seating, $55 – $65 for balcony seating. General tickets are available at or by phone (415) 392-4400.


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