Born in Moscow in 1971, Evgeny Kissin started playing the piano when he was only two years old. At the age of six, he enrolled in a special school for talented children, the Gnessin School of Music, where he studied with Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who remained his only teacher.
As a twelve-year-old boy, he attracted international attention with a performance of the Chopin piano concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dmitri Kitayenko. The recording of the performance became so popular that another series of LPs and CDs soon followed.
Since his first performance outside Russia in 1985, Kissin has worked with renowned orchestras and conductors, performing in the world’s leading concert halls and garnering praise for his musical achievements. His awards to date include an Edison Klassiek, several Grammy Awards, a Diapason d’or and the Grand Prix de la Nouvelle Académie du Disque. Having taken a break from recording since 2010, the pianist, now considered a legend, recently signed a contract with Deutsche Grammophon.
Kissin made his first appearance with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra performing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Christoph von Dohnányi on 20 April 1988. After his last guest performance with the orchestra in Amsterdam and on tour in December 1994, after which the Dutch daily De Volkskrant described him as ‘making the piano keys dance around like rubber balls in the hands of a juggler’, he is finally returning in the 2018–19 season.