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Evgeny Kissin: Bio

Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered a special school for gifted children, the Moscow Gnessin School of Music, where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who has remained his only teacher. At the age of ten, he made his concerto debut playing Mozart's Piano Concerto K. 466 and gave his first solo recital in Moscow one year later. He came to international attention in March 1984 when, at the age of twelve, he performed Chopin's Piano Concertos 1 and 2 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow State Philharmonic under Dmitri Kitaenko. This concert was recorded live by Melodia, and a two-LP album was released the following year. During the next two years, several Kissin performances in Moscow were recorded live and five more LPs were released by Melodia.

Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe, followed a year later by his first tour of Japan. 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 performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in a New Year's concert which was broadcast internationally, with the performance repeated the following year at the Salzburg Easter Festival. Audio and video recordings of the New Year's concert were made by Deutsche Grammophon.

In 1990 Kissin made his first appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London and that same year made his North American debut, performing both Chopin piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. The following week he opened Carnegie Hall's Centennial season with a spectacular debut recital, which was recorded live by BMG Classics.

Musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Kissin. In 1987 he received the Crystal Prize of the Osaka Symphony Hall for the best performance of the year 1986 (which was his first performance in Japan ). In 1991 he received the Musician of the Year Prize from the Chigiana Academy of Music in Siena, Italy . He was special guest at the 1992 Grammy Awards Ceremony, broadcast live to an audience estimated at over one billion, and became Musical America 's youngest Instrumentalist of the Year in 1995. In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia's culture, one of the highest cultural honors to be awarded in the Russian Republic , and again, the youngest-ever awardee. 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. In May 2001 Kissin was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the Manhattan School of Music. In December 2003 in Moscow, he received the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia 's highest musical honors. In June 2005, he was awarded an Honorary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London . He was recently awarded the 2005 Herbert von Karajan Music Prize.

Mr. Kissin's recordings have also received numerous awards and accolades, having contributed significantly to the library of masterpieces recorded by the world's greatest performers. Past awards have included the Edison Klassiek in The Netherlands, Grammy awards, and the Diapason d'Or and the Grand Prix of La Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France.

The beginning of the 2010-2012 season sees engagements in major cities across Europe, including London, Milan, Paris, Salzburg, Vienna, and many more. He will then embark on an extensive North American tour which includes recitals, orchestral appearances, and chamber music concerts with Yuri Bashmet.

1 Beethoven: 1. Allegro con brio In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - Live At Seoul Arts Center  
2 Beethoven: 2. Adagio In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - Live At Seoul Arts Center  
3 Beethoven: 3. Scherzo (Allegro) In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - Live At Seoul Arts Center  
4 Beethoven: 4. Allegro assai In C Major, Op. 2, No. 3 - Live At Seoul Arts Center  
5 Beethoven: Thema. Allegretto in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
6 Beethoven: Var. 1 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
7 Beethoven: Var. 2 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
8 Beethoven: Var. 3 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
9 Beethoven: Var. 4 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
10 Beethoven: Var. 5 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
11 Beethoven: Var. 6 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
12 Beethoven: Var. 7 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
13 Beethoven: Var. 8 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
14 Beethoven: Var. 9 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
15 Beethoven: Var. 10 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
16 Beethoven: Var. 11 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
17 Beethoven: Var. 12 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
18 Beethoven: Var. 13 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
19 Beethoven: Var. 14 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
20 Beethoven: Var. 15 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
21 Beethoven: Var. 16 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
22 Beethoven: Var. 17 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
23 Beethoven: Var. 18 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
24 Beethoven: Var. 19 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
25 Beethoven: Var. 20 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
26 Beethoven: Var. 21 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
27 Beethoven: Var. 22 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
28 Beethoven: Var. 23 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
29 Beethoven: Var. 24 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
30 Beethoven: Var. 25 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
31 Beethoven: Var. 26 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
32 Beethoven: Var. 27 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
33 Beethoven: Var. 28 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
34 Beethoven: Var. 29 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
35 Beethoven: Var. 30 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
36 Beethoven: Var. 31 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
37 Beethoven: Var. 32 in C Minor, WoO 80 - Live At Le Corum, Montpellier  
38 Beethoven: 1. Adagio sostenuto In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 - Live At Carnegie Hall, NYC  
39 Beethoven: 2. Allegretto In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 - Live At Carnegie Hall, NYC  
40 Beethoven: 3. Presto agitato In C Sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 - Live At Carnegie Hall, NYC  
41 Beethoven: 1. Allegro assai In F Minor, Op. 57 - Live At Concertgebouw, Amsterdam  
42 Beethoven: 2. Andante con moto In F Minor, Op. 57 - Live At Concertgebouw, Amsterdam  
43 Beethoven: 3. Allegro ma non troppo In F Minor, Op. 57 - Live At Concertgebouw, Amsterdam  
44 Beethoven: 1. Das Lebewohl In E Flat Major, Op. 81a - Live At Musikverein, Vienna  
45 Beethoven: 2. Abwesenheit In E Flat Major, Op. 81a - Live At Musikverein, Vienna  
46 Beethoven: 3. Das Wiedersehen In E Flat Major, Op. 81a - Live At Musikverein, Vienna  
47 Beethoven: 1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato In C Minor, Op. 111  
48 Beethoven: 2. Arietta In C Minor, Op. 111 - Live At Salle des Combins  

Pianist Evgeny Kissin returns to the Yellow Label after twenty-five years with an exclusive contract and a new album of live Beethoven recordings. The album will be released on Deutsche Grammophon on August 4. The double-disc set, its program personally chosen by Kissin from recitals given over the past decade, includes Piano Sonatas No. 14 Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight", No. 23 Op. 57, "Appassionata", and No. 26 Op. 81a, "Les Adieux". It also comprises the evergreen 32 Variations in C minor WoO 80 and a profound exploration of the sublime two-movement Piano Sonata No. 32 Op. 111, the composer's final work in the genre.

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