Since his triumph in 1998 at the 11th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Denis Matsuev has become a virtuoso in the biggest Russian pianistic tradition and has quickly established himself as one of the most prominent pianists of his generation. Denis Matsuev performs with the world’s best known orchestras, such as the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburg Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapella Dresden, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony, “Philharmonia” Orchestra of London, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica della Scala, Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Vienna Symphony, Israel Philharmonic and Rotterdam Philharmonic, Oslo Symphony, National Orchestra of Belgium, Swiss Romande orchestra, Lucerne Symphony orchestra, Verbier and Budapest Festival Orchestras, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, NHK Symphony, as well as the European Chamber Orchestra. He is continually re-engaged with the legendary Russian orchestras such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra. Denis gives recitals in the USA in Boston, Washington and New York in Carnegie Hall (Keyboard Virtuosos series), in London in Royal Festival Hall (International Piano series), Madrid in Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Amsterdam in Concertgebouw (Master Pianists series) and Moscow (the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory). Denis Matsuev regularly appears with the most distinguished conductors on stage today, including Valery Gergiev, Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Ricardo Chailly, Christian Thielemann, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, Paavo Jarvi, Antonio Pappano, Charles Dutoit, Alain Gilbert, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Semyon Bychkov, Iván Fischer, Adam Fisher, Gianandrea Noseda, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Manfred Honeck, James Conlon, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Yury Bashmet, Alexander Sladkovsky, Kristian Jarvi and others. For many years Denis Matsuev has led numerous music festivals and educational projects which have strengthen his role as a prominent public figure.
Since 2004 he has organized “Stars on Baikal” in Irkutsk, Siberia (in 2009 he was awarded the title of Honorer Citizen of Irkutsk), and since 2005 he has been the artistic director of the music festival “Crescendo” (a series of events held in international cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinbourg, Tel Aviv, Kaliningrad, Paris and New York). In 2010 he became the artistic director of Annecy Classic Festival in Annecy, France, with the goal to bring Norther Russian and French music cultures. In 2012 Denis Matsuev became the artistic director of the International “Astana Piano Passion” Festival and Competition as well as the artistic director of the International Festival and Competition “Burbank DEBUT” in Kiev in 2013. In 2016 Denis Matsuev was the artistic director of the Competition and chairman of the Organician Commette, starting a new competition for Young pianists in Moscow – Grand Piano Competition. Additionally, Mr. Matsuev is the president of the Russian charity foundation “New Names” that discovers and supports talented children and helps to develop music education in regions of his native Russia. More than 10,000 children received financial scholarship and/or the opportunity to perform at the professional stage. For many years Denis Matsuev has collaborated with the Sergei Rachmaninov Foundation, established by Alexander Rachmaninov, the grandson of the composer. Mr. Matsuev was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record Rachmaninov unknown pieces on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninov house “Villa Senar” in Lucerne. Later, he became the artistic director of the Foundation. Denis Matsuev is a laureate of the prestigious “Shostakovich’s Award” in Music as well as the State Award of Russian Federation in Literature and Arts. He also is a “People’s Artist of Russia.” Denis Matsuev was named Honorary Professor of the Moscow State University. He is a member of The Presidential Council for Culture and Arts, Honored Artist of Russia and was the head of The Public Council under The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. In February 2014 Denis Matsuev was awarded the honor of performing at the official Closing Ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic games in Sochi and at the same year UNESCO designated Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. En 2016 Denis Matsuev was announced as 2018 FIFA World Coup Russia ambassade and was awarded with State Ordre of Honour. In 2017 he received a Government of Russia Award in the cultural sphere for his International Music Festival in Irkutsk “Stars on the Baikal” and in 2019 Denis Matsuev was awarded with Lev Nikolaïev gold medal for his signifiant contribution to education and popularization of science and culture.