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Encore Series: Piano Recital by Mikhail Pletnev

21.05.2014 (Wed)
Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre
$620, 480, 360, 200

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   ‘… arguably the most distinctive and idiosyncratically remarkable of living pianists’

 The New York Times


Winner of the Moscow International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978 at the age of 21, the Russian pianist, conductor and composer Mikhail Pletnev has for long enjoyed a distinguished international career.  He reached to top of the world as a genius pianist with deep intellect and perfect technique, and charmed the audience in the world with a talent like magic also as a conductor or a composer simultaneously.  Therefore, his announcement of not to play the piano again after completed all the Beethoven piano concerti recordings in 2006 was a shock to the audience in the world.  He returned to the stage as concert pianist with Kremerata Baltica in March 2013.  His concerts elsewhere are highly praised by the public as ‘…unbelievable concert.  Hard to believe that it is by a pianist who has been away from the stage more than six years!’  Audience should not miss the chance of hearing him again, with the programme featuring works by Bach, Schubert and Scriabin.  


English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV808


Sonata No. 4 in A Minor, D537


Sonata No. 13 in A, D664


24 Préludes, Op. 11

Running time of the concert is about 1 hour 45 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

Mikhail Pletnev is a genius pianist enchants and amazes audiences around the globe.  His musicianship encompasses a dazzling technical power and provocative emotional range, and a searching interpretation that fuses instinct with intellect.  At the keyboard and podium alike, Pletnev is recognized as one of the finest artists of our time.  Pletnev was Gold Medal and First Prize winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition when he was only 21, a prize that earned him early recognition worldwide.  An invitation to perform at the 1988 superpower summit in Washington led to a friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev and the historic opportunity to make music in artistic freedom.

As a solo pianist and recitalist, Pletnev appears regularly in the world's music capitals.  His recordings and live performances have proved him to be an outstanding interpreter of an extensive repertoire.  The London Telegraph remarked, ‘from Pletnev's fingers and brain come ideas that vitalise the music and make it teem with freshness and wit.  [He] made the music positively leap for joy.’  The Times describes his playing as ‘born of a prodigious virtuosity of imagination outrageous in its beauty.’

Pletnev’s recordings have earned numerous prizes, including a 2005 Grammy Award for the CD of his own arrangement, for two pianos, of Prokofiev’s Cinderella, recorded with Martha Argerich and Pletnev at the keyboards.  He received Grammy nominations for a CD of Schumann Symphonic Etudes (2004) and for his recording of Rachmaninov and Prokofiev Piano Concertos No. 3 with the RNO and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich (2003).  His album of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas (Virgin/EMI) received a Gramophone Award in 1996.  BBC Music Magazine called the recording ‘piano playing at its greatest... this performance alone would be enough to secure Pletnev a place among the greatest pianists ever known.’  In 2007 he recorded all of Beethoven's piano concertos with Deutsche Grammophon, and the recording of concertos 2 and 4 was named ‘The Best Concerto Recording of 2007’ by the Tokyo Record Academy.

The son of musician parents, Pletnev was learning multiple instruments as a young child and entered the Moscow Conservatory as a teenager.  Today he is one of Russia's most respected and influential artists.  An advisor on Russia’s Cultural Council, in 2007 Pletnev was awarded a Presidential Prize for his contributions to the artistic life of the country.  Pianist — is a significant facet of Mikhail Pletnev's life as an artist.  Yet he considers himself, simply, a musician.



Encore Series: Piano Recital by Mikhail Pletnev

Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre21.05.2014 (Wed)
$620, 480, 360, 200

Pre-concert Talk

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 Mikhail Pletnev’ 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 Mikhail Pletnev’ and ‘Piano Recital by Evgeny Kissin’.


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



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Programme Notes


Pre-concert Talk

The Art of Pletnev (Conducted in Cantonese)


Speaker: Chan Siu-fun

(Pianist, Music Educator, Critic)



Foyer Reception Area, 4/F, Auditoria Building, Hong Kong Cultural Centre


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