Virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin gives a recital in Sofia

Musical phenomenon Evgeny Kissin will take part in the new season of the Sofia Philharmonic. On 11 March, in Bulgaria Hall, the outstanding pianist will give a recital of works by Berg, Gershwin, Khrennikov and Chopin. The programme's idea was born during the isolation last year, which the musician spent in Prague. The contrasting at first glance works are united by the motif of love, says Kissin. “I'm an omnivorous person, there's a lot of music I love, so I just hope for one thing: live long enough to have time to play it all.”

The Russian pianist, who started out as a child prodigy, is today one of the most respected virtuosos in the world of classical music. Born in Moscow in 1971, he began playing by ear and improvising on the piano at the age of two. When he was six, he joined a special school for gifted children. At the age of 10, he had his debut concert and a year later his first solo concert. He garnered worldwide attention in 1984, when at the age of 12 he performed Chopin's Piano Concertos No. 1 and 2 in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory with the Moscow State Philharmonic conducted by Dmitrij Kitajenko.

Evgeny Kissin's first appearances outside Russia were in 1985 in Eastern Europe, followed by his first tour in Japan a year later. In 1987, he made his debut in Western Europe at the Berlin Festival. In 1988, he toured Europe with the State Chamber Orchestra Moscow Virtuosi and Vladimir Spivakov, and he made his debut in London with the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Valery Gergiev. In December of the same year, he performed with Herbert von Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic in a New Year's concert, which was broadcast in many countries. The performance was repeated the following year at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

In 1990, Kissin had his first appearance at the BBC Promenade Concerts in London, and he made his debut in North America that same year, performing Chopin's two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta. A week later, he opened Carnegie Hall's 100th anniversary season with a spectacular debut recital.

Evgeny Kissin has been awarded with numerous prestigious music prizes from around the world.

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