CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow on 10 October 1971. He began to study piano with Anna Kantor at the Gnessin State Musical College for Gifted Children when he was six, and made his debut performance when he was ten - playing Mozart's Concerto No 20 with the Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra. At eleven he gave a recital in Moscow, and at twelve he recorded Chopin's two concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic. He soon began to perform outside of Russia - first Eastern Europe, then Japan, Berlin and Lichfield. Before he was twenty, he had appeared with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic, at Carnegie Hall, and with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. He later give the first ever solo piano recital at the Henry Wood Proms in London, and was the first concerto soloist to play in the opening concert of the same festival.
He has made many recordings, and has received many awards for them. He was the subject of Christopher Nupen's documentary film Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music. Kissin also gives recitals of Yiddish and Russian poetry. He took British citizenship in 2002 and Israeli citizenship in 2013.
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