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1 May 2016

Denis Matsuev made his Debut as a Conductor at the Opening Ceremony of Grand Piano Competition

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On Saturday, pianist Denis Matsuev made his first appearance as a conductor at the Official Opening of the I International Competition of Young Pianists “Grand Piano Competition” which was held at Great Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory.

For his debut the musician chose the march from Sergei Prokofiev’s Opera “The Love for Three Oranges”; to march accompaniment the participants took their places in the hall. The piece was performed by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra "Evgeny Svetlanov". Irina Tushintseva and Yulian Makarov hosted the ceremony.

Olga Golodets Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation took the floor with brief opening remarks.

"We witness today the birth of a very important tradition in the musical society all over the world. For great many generations Russian musical culture has been known for its glorious musicians. And every generation of musicians conveys its knowledge and supports young stars. We are very grateful to Denis Matsuev as he does not only perform, but finds time for supporting young talents," said Golodets.

She mentioned that the level of the new competition is absolutely congruent with Tchaikovsky competition; also the members of the award panel and the broadcast system are pretty much the same.

"I wish success to our young talents. Guys, you have done very well when you decided to participate in this competition. It proves that you are already stars," added Golodets.

After his conducting debut, Denis Matsuev gave a kind of a master class to the young pianists and performed S. Prokofiev's Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, while conductor’s podium was taken by Artistic Director – General Director of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev, who had to cut short his tour and come to Moscow by helicopter to participate in the concert. The concert program also included Tchaikovsky - Romeo & Juliet - Fantasy Overture.

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