Pianist Seong-Jin Cho Replaces Russian Pianist Denis Matsuev at Carnegie Corridor

(Picture credit score: Christoph Köstlin)


Tonight, Friday, February 25, pianist Seong-Jin Cho will step in for Russian pianist Denis Matsuev, performing Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with Nézet-Séguin and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The all-Rachmaninoff program is the primary of three performances at Carnegie Corridor this weekend — tickets can be found for buy right here

“Carnegie Corridor and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra are deeply grateful to Seong-Jin Cho who agreed to fly from Berlin on very quick discover for tonight’s efficiency,” a press assertion reads.

Just like conductor Valery Gergiev, pianist Denis Matsuev is thought to have shut connections to Russian management and publicly endorsed Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. He has been awarded the Russian State Order of Honour, and in 2017 he obtained the Authorities of Russia Prize within the sphere of Tradition for his Worldwide Music Competition in Irkutsk “Stars on the Baikal.”

The information of his alternative comes after Russia’s current navy invasion of Ukraine and the next political repercussions surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions. Activists who help Ukraine on this disaster had been planning to protest the Carnegie Corridor live shows due to Gergiev’s shut ties to Putin. Not lengthy after, The Vienna Philharmonic and Carnegie launch a joint assertion asserting the conductor’s alternative.

Different organizations across the globe are contemplating changing Gergiev, comparable to Teatro alla Scala and the Munich Philharmonic — until Gergiev publicly denounces Putin’s assaults on Ukraine. Denis Matsuev’s schedule is but to be additional affected.


Pianist Seong-Jin Cho is cultivating a formidable worldwide profession, at first coming to prominence when he gained the primary prize on the Worldwide Chopin Piano Competitors in Warsaw. With an unique recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon, he performs with orchestras such because the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. Tonight’s live performance will mark his debut with The Vienna Philharmonic and Carnegie Corridor orchestral debut.


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