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Russian pianist Denis Matsuev designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

Director-General Irina Bokova today named the renowned Russian pianist Denis Matsuev as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Mr Matsuev was designated in recognition of his “commitment to the promotion of musical education, his efforts to support young talent through the Foundation “New Names”, and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”

Denis Matsuev, 38, is one of the fastest rising stars of the concert stage. He won his first international piano competition in South Africa in 1993 at the age of 18, and joined the Moscow Conservatory in the same year. In 1995, he became a soloist of the Moscow State Philharmonic, and has since triumphed in several of the world’s most prestigious competitions, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1998. He collaborates regularly with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the London Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic and the French National Orchestra, among others.

Since 2008, Denis Matsuev has presided over “New Names”, a charitable foundation that selects and supports talented young Russian musicians, artists and poets, in the achievement of their professional goals.

UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO through their name and fame. They extend and amplify UNESCO's work and mission and have generously accepted to use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the work of UNESCO.