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MIKHAIL PLETNEV - CONDUCTOR & PIANIST

Phone: 212-860-5541

 

Autographed 8.25” x 12” jumbo photograph of the pianist-conductor-composer leading a live orchestral performance.

 

Pletnev (1957-    ) is a versatile musician and a giant in the piano world.  Trained by Shira Shashkina a Neuhaus pupil, Yevgeny Timakin an Igumnov pupil Yakov Flier, also an Igumnov pupil and Lev Vlassenko a Flier pupil, he won the 1978 Tchaikovsky Competition and took the world by storm, the finest Russian pianist after Sviatoslav Richter.  His 2000 Carnegie Hall recital debut was immediately issued in its’ totality by Deutsche Grammophon and well worth having in your music library!

 

In 1988 after a chance meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev whilst on tour in America, the pianist lay the groundwork for the establishment of the first post Revolution private orchestra in the Soviet Union in 1990.  The Russian National Orchestra was built from the ground by Pletnev who became the principal conductor and within a year, they issued their first recording.  With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it became easier for the orchestra to raise funds and attract foreign musicians.  Since the late 1990’s he has remained the Artistic Director despite no longer living in Russia.  The future of the orchestra is somewhat in doubt as Pletnev and the orchestra’s management refuse to write any loyalty pledges towards Putin’s war in the Ukraine.  Within the last few weeks, the orchestra’s general manager was fired by the government and it is questionable whether Pletnev will remain as the Artistic Director as he will not take any loyalty pledges to Putin and there is concerned the government may take over the ensemble.  This year they were to have performed in the United States and Switzerland, however, Putin’s war stopped that tour.  They were however, able to perform 25 concerts in Dubai.  Pletnev, conversely has not been cancelled himself in Europe despite not coming out publicly against the War.  He has recital and soloist engagements in Germany, France and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland this year.

 

Pletnev became a resident of Thailand in 1995.  In 2010 he was arrested as part of a pedophilia ring.
Despite “compromising photographs”, all charges were eventually dropped.