Denis Matsuev: Everything has become more complicated, but our laureates have invitations, their names are heard, they tour

The entire current musical year, declared the Year of Rachmaninoff on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the composer, is a marathon of concerts, homages, festivals to be held in all Russian halls.

The new International Youth Piano Competition named after Sergei Rachmaninoff, which will be held for the first time in Veliky Novgorod from March 21 to 26, will become the exclusive event of the year.

Denis Matsuev, the head and “engine” of major youth musical projects and international competitions, including the Grand Piano in Moscow and the Astana Piano Passion in Kazakhstan, the Rachmaninoff Competition and the piano nomination of the Tchaikovsky Competition is the Artistic director of the new competition.

In an exclusive interview to “RG” Denis Matsuev spoke about the format of the new youth competition, about the new centers of “power” of the Russian piano school, about the phenomenon of Rachmaninoff’s pianism.



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Shadrina Airis


Born in 2004 in Minsk (Belarus).

A student of the Republican College of Music at the Belarus State Academy of Music.

Already at the age of 7 she gave her first solo concert performing 11 pieces of the “Children’s Album” by P. Tchaikovsky.

A laureate of numerous competitions and a winner of special prizes, including: the X International Competition for Young Pianists named after T. Nikolaeva (the Grand Prix and a special prize for the best performance of a piece by T. Nikolaeva, Bryansk), a three times laureate of the International Children’s Competition “Music of Hope” (Belarus, Gomel), the XXI International Competition for Young Pianists named after Maria Yudina (I prize. St. Petersburg), the XXVIII International Competition for Young Musicians maned after D. Kabalevsky (I prize. Samara).

A scholarship holder of the Yuri Rozum International Charity Foundation.

Along with improving her piano skills, Iris also tries herself as a composer of piano music.


I round

Chopin. Ballade №4 in F minor, Op.52
Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableaux in D minor, Op. 33, №4
Rachmaninoff. Etude- tableaux in G minor, Op. 33, №8
Rachmaninoff. Etude-tableaux in D major, Op. 39, №9

II round

Chopin. Piano Concerto in E Minor, Movement I