UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate the famous russian pianist Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
The designation ceremony will be followed by a concert of Denis Matsuev, with participation of young laureates from the Foundation "New Names" and of Symphonic Orchestra from the Republic of Tatarstan, directed by Alexander Sladkovsky.
Mr Denis Matsuev is a world famous pianist born on June 11, 1975 in Irkutsk (Russian Federation).
His musical career began at a young age. In 1990 he moved to Moscow to continue his education there and studied at the Central Musical School under the Moscow Conservatory. In 1991 he became a laureate of the International Charitable Foundation “New Names”.
In 1993 he took part for the first time in an international piano competition in South Africa where he was awarded the first prize. In the same year he entered the Moscow Conservatory as a student. In 1995 he became a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic.
Mr Denis Matsuev has become a fast-rasing star on the international concert stage since his triumphant victory at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998 in Moscow.
Mr Matsuev is collaborating with the world’s best known orchestras such as Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, The New York Philharmonic, Orchestre National de France, Chicago Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, 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.
Mr Denis Matsuev appears regularly with the most prominent conductors on the stage today, including Lorin Maazel, Valery Gergiev, Zubin Mehta, Mariss Jansons, Yuri Temirkanov, Kurt Masur, Paavo Jarvi, Leonard Slatkin, Myung-Whun Chung, Antonio Pappano, Semyon Bychkov, Ivan Fischer and Adam Fisher, Gianandrea Noseda, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, James Conlon, Vladimir Spivakov, Mikhail Pletnev, Vladimir Fedoseyev and others.
He is a laureate of the Dmitri Shostakovich Award in Music and the Russian Federation National Award in Literature and Arts.
Mr Matsuev is not only a popular musician, but an active public figure as well. Since 2005 Mr Matsuev has been a member of the Russian Presidential Council for Culture and Arts.
In 2011 he became an Honorary professor of the Russian Moscow State University.
Since 2008, he is the President of the International Charitable Foundation “New Names”, which features an elaborate system for seeking out, selecting, and supporting talented young hopefuls in classical and folk music, fine arts, poetry, and classical jazz.
Mr Matsuev has been an organiser of many major music festivals, whose goal is to introduce young musicians to the public, demonstrate the continuity of generations and show the life force of the Russian classical school of music performance.