Encore Series: Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin

07.04.2014 (Mon)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$720, $580, $450, $360, $200

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‘Without question he is a phenomenal pianist, a deeply intuitive and sensitive musician.’ 

The New York Times


Much acclaimed for the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, as well as his extraordinary virtuosity, Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin is in demand the world over.  Kissin came to international attention in 1984 when, at the age of 12, he performed Chopin’s Piano Concertos 1 and 2 with the Moscow State Philharmonic.  He has since been showered with numerous awards and accolades, many for his critically acclaimed recordings.  For his return to Hong Kong, Kissin's much anticipated programme will include performances of Schubert’s Sonata No. 17 in D and Scriabin’s Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor and selections from Douze Études, Op. 8.



Sonata No. 17 in D, D. 850, Op. 53



Sonata No. 2 in G-sharp Minor, Op. 19

Douze Études, Nos. 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11 & 12, Op. 8


Running time of the concert is about 1 hour and 30 minutes with an intermission of 20 minutes.

Audience are strongly advised to arrive punctually.  No latecomers will be admitted until a suitable break or the interval in the programme.


The presenter reserves the right to change the programme should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.

About the Performer

Evgeny Kissin’s musicality, the depth and poetic quality of his interpretations, and his extraordinary virtuosity have earned him the veneration and admiration deserved only by one of the most gifted classical pianists of his generation and, arguably, generations past.  He has been in demand the world over, and has appeared with many of the world’s great conductors, including Abbado, Ashkenazy, Barenboim, Dohnányi, Giulini, Levine, Maazel, Muti and Ozawa, as well as all the great orchestras of the world.

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 been 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 12, 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.  Given the astounding success of this recording, Melodia proceeded to release five more LPs of live performances in Moscow over the following two years.

Kissin’s first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe; his first tour of Japan in 1986; and in December 1988 he performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in a New Year’s concert broadcast internationally.  In 1990 Kissin made his first appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London and, in the 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, recorded live by BMG Classics.

Musical awards and tributes from around the world have been showered upon Kissin.  He received the Crystal Prize of the Osaka Symphony Hall for the Best Performance of the Year in 1986 (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 three years later became Musical America’s youngest Instrumentalist of the Year.  In 1997 he received the prestigious Triumph Award for his outstanding contribution to Russia’s culture, one of the highest cultural honours to be awarded in the Russian Republic, the youngest ever awardee.  Kissin has been honoured with an Honourary Doctorate of Music by the Manhattan School of Music; the Shostakovich Award, one of Russia’s highest musical honours; an Honourary Membership of the Royal Academy of Music in London; and an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from The University of Hong Kong.

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, and the Diapason d’Or and the Grand Prix of La Nouvelle Academie du Disque in France.  His recording of works by Scriabin, Medtner and Stravinsky (RCA Red Seal) won him a Grammy in 2006 for Best Instrumental Soloist and, in 2002, he was named Echo Klassik Soloist of the Year.  His most recent Grammy for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (with orchestra) was awarded in 2010 for his recording of Prokofiev’s Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Ashkenazy (EMI Classics).

Kissin’s extraordinary talent inspired Christopher Nupen’s documentary film, Evgeny Kissin: The Gift of Music, which was released in 2000 on video and DVD by RCA Red Seal.


Encore Series: Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre07.04.2014 (Mon)
$720, $580, $450, $360, $200

Pre-concert Talk

An Evening with Evgeny Kissin

Tickets available from 4 March onwards at all URBTIX outlets, on Internet and by Telephone Credit Card Booking.

(On the first counter booking day, each patron can purchase up to a maximum of 10 tickets of ‘Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin’ per transaction.)


Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


‘Great Music’ Package Discount

10% off for each purchase of standard tickets for ‘Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin’ and ‘Piano Recital by Mikhail Pletnev’.


Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.



Programme Enquiries:2268 7321

Ticketing Enquiries:2734 9009

Telephone Credit Card Booking:2111 5999


Programme Note


Pre-concert Talk

(Conducted in Contonese)


The Art of Evgeny Kissin

Speaker: Chan Siu-fun

(Pianist, Music Educator, Critic)


Free Admission on a first-come-first-served basis.

An Evening with Evgeny Kissin

Public Seminar
(Conducted in English)
World-renowned Russian pianist Evgeny Kissin will share with us his music journey.
Moderator: Peter Fan
(Pianist, Healing Practitioner, Internet Radio Programme Host)
Free admission tickets will be distributed at the Enquiry Counter of Hong Kong Cultural Centre from 21.3.2014 (9am – 9pm) onwards.  Each person can obtain up to two tickets on a first-come-first-served basis. (Hong Kong Cultural Centre enquiries: 2734 2009) 
Programme enquiries: 2268 7321

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