Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev (Russian: Михаи́л Васи́льевич Плетнёв, Mikhail Vasil'evič Pletnëv; born 14 April 1957) is a Russian concert pianist, conductor, and composer.
1 Life and career 2 Awards and recognitions 3 Notable compositions 4 Transcriptions 5 Honours and awards 6 Selected discography 7 References 8 Further reading 9 External links
Life and career Pletnev was born into a musical family in Arkhangelsk, then part of the Soviet Union. His father played and taught the bayan, and his mother was a pianist. He entered the Central School of Music at the age of 13, studying under Evgeny Timakin, and, in 1974, entered the Moscow Conservatory, studying under Yakov Flier and Lev Vlassenko. At age 21, he won the Gold Medal at the VI International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1978, which earned him international recognition and drew great attention worldwide. The following year he made his debut in the United States. He also taught at the Moscow Conservatory. Pletnev has acknowledged Sergei Rachmaninoff as a particularly notable influence on him as a musician. In 1988, Pletnev was invited to perform at the superpower conference in Washington, D.C., where he met and befriended Mikhail Gorbachev. From this friendship, he gained the support to found two years later the Russian National Orchestra in 1990, the first non-government-supported orchestra in Russia since 1917, and became its first principal conductor. He and the orchestra made their recording debut on Virgin Classics, releasing Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony and Marche Slave in 1991. He stepped down as Principal Conductor in the late 1990s, but remained the orchestra's artistic director. Mikhail Pletnev was principal guest conductor of the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland from 2008 to 2010. Pletnev has made a number of recordings with Deutsche Grammophon. His recordings are mostly of Russian works, though in 2007 he recorded the complete Beethoven symphonies. The first works he recorded were for orchestra, including Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, his Sixth Symphony and Manfred Symphony, and Rachmaninoff's Second and Third Symphonies. His piano repertoire is extensive and includes The Seasons, many Scarlatti sonatas, Pictures at an Exhibition as well as his own transcriptions of suites from The Nutcracker and The Sleeping Beauty. With Pentatone, Pletnev has also recorded Russian works, such as all of Tchaikovsky's symphonies, Shostakovitch's symphonies no. 15 and 11, and Sergei Taneyev's At the Reading of a Psalm. In July 2010, Pletnev, a resident of Thailand, was arrested by Thai authorities in connection with allegations of child molestation. Pletnev, who was released on bail, denied the charges. He cancelled appearances at the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival in order to prepare his defense, but the charges were dropped on 28 September. Awards and recognitions
1978: Gold Medal and First Prize Tchaikovsky Competition Moscow 1995: State Prize First Class of the Russian Federation by President Boris Yeltsin 1999: Echo Klassik (Skrjabin) 2001: Echo Klassik (Live at Carnegie Hall) 2002: State Prize First Class of the Russian Federation by President Vladimir Putin 2005: Grammy Awards of 2005 Best Chamber Music Performance with Martha Argerich 2005: European Conductor's Prize 2005: Triumph, Prize by the independent Russian foundation Triumph-Nowy-Wek 2006: State Prize First Class of the Russian Federation for the year 2005 by President Vladimir Putin
1978: Quintet for Piano, Flute, Violin, Viola and cello 1979: "Triptych" for Symphony Orchestra 1985: Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra 1988: Classical Symphony 1997: Viola Concerto 2000: Variations on a theme by Rachmaninov 2000: Adagio for five Double basses 2006: Cello sonata 2006: Fantasia Elvetica (First performance: December 09 2006 Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur Switzerland; Mikhail Pletnev, Conductor; Sascha und Mischa Manz) 2009: Jazz suite
1976: Rodion Konstantinovich Shchedrin: 2 Concert Pieces from „Anna Karenina“ (Transcription for piano) 1978 (?): Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty (Transcriptions for piano) 2003: Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev: Suite from Cinderella op. 87 (Transcription for two pianos)
Honours and awards
Grand Prix at the International Youth Piano Competition in Paris (1973) First prize at the All-Union Piano Competition in Leningrad (1977) First Prize and Gold Medal of the VI International Competition Tchaikovsky (1978) Lenin Komsomol Prize (1978) – for high performance skills Glinka State Prize of the RSFSR (1982) – for concert programs (1978–1981) Honoured Artist of the Udmurt ASSR (1979) People's Artist of the RSFSR (1989) Russian Federation State Prize in Literature and Art:
7 December 1993 – for concert programs of the Russian National Symphony Orchestra in recent years 27 May 1996 – for the creation and execution of the Jubilee Music Festival "Alfred Schnittke Festival" (1994, Moscow), Third and Fourth Symphonies, the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, Concert number 2 for Cello and Orchestra, Concerto Grosso № 5, three spiritual choruses ("Hail Mary Hail," "Jesus Christ" "Our Father"), the cantata "The History of Dr. Johann Faust," 9 June 2006 – for outstanding technical skill and innovation in the field of musical art, which opened a new chapter in national and world culture
Order of Merit for the Fatherland;
4th class (30 May 1997) – for services to the state, a great contribution to strengthening friendship and cooperation between peoples, many years of fruitful work in the arts and culture 3rd class (13 April 2007) – for his great contribution to the development of national musical culture, and many years of creative activity
Prize of the President of the Russian Federation in the field of art and literature in 2001 (30 January 2002) 47th Grammy Awards (2005) – best chamber music performance Triumph award European Cultural Award
Tchaikovsky Selections. Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Coronation March / Capriccio Italien / Francesca da Rimini / Romeo and Juliet / Slavonic March. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186550 (2016). Alexander Scriabin - Symphony No. 1 & The Poem of Ecstasy. Mikhail Pletnev, Svetlana Shilova, Mikhail Gubsky, Vladislav Lavrik, Norbert Gembaczka, Alexander Solovyev, Russian National Orchestra, Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory. PENTATONE PTC 5186514 (2015). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Symphonies and Manfred. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186489 (2015). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Manfred Symphony. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186387 (2014). Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No.15 & Hamlet. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186331 (2009). Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Orchestral Suites. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186362 (2010). Maurice Ravel & Serge Prokofiev - Piano Concertos & Schlimé - 3 Improvisations. Mikhail Pletnev, Francesco Tristano Schlimé, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186080 (2006) Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 11 "The Year 1905" Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186076 (2006). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 13 "Winter Daydreams" Marche Slave Op. 31. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186381 (2012). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 2 in C Minor Op. 17 "Little Russian" Symphony No. 2 in C Minor. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186382 (2012). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.3 in D Major, Op.29 Coronation March. PENTATONE PTC 5186383 (2012). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36 Romeo and Juliet. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186384 (2011). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.5 in E minor, Op.64 Francesca da Rimini, Op.32. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186385 (2011). Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 in B minor, Op.74 "Pathétique" Capriccio italien, Op.45. Mikhail Pletnev, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186386 (2011). Sergei Taneyev - At the reading of a psalm. Mikhail Pletnev, Lolita Semenina, Marianna Tarassova, Mikhail Gubsky, Andrei Baturkin, Vladislav Tchernushenko, Russian National Orchestra. PENTATONE PTC 5186038 (2004).
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Ludmila Kokoreva: Michail Pletnyov. Moskau 2003, ISBN 5-85285-748-3 (Russian) Lora Tokareva: Muzykal'nye Otkrytiya Mikhaila Pletneva. Etudy Nabroski Interview, Moskau 2009, ISBN 978-5-206-00747-3 (Russian)
Russian National Orchestra biography of Mikhail Pletnev A more detailed biography Sikorski Music Publishers page on transcription by Pletnev of suite from Prokofiev's ballet Cinderella
Mikhail Pletnev interview by Bruce Duffie
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