Dmitry Masleev

Piano

Biography

The triumphant winner of XV International Tchaikovsky Competition (2015), Dmitry Masleev took the First Prize and the international spotlight with the rare unanimous support from the audience, the jury, and the media. The Neue Musikzeitung reported: “His musicality of metaphysical proportions transformed the hall. There was a feeling that we entered an alternative reality. This sensation continued into the final round with the Tchaikovsky B-minor and Prokofiev Third Piano concertos… The joy and relief on the faces of the jurors said it all: we have found the true winner.“

Since the competition, Mr. Masleev has been on an extensive tour, delighting his audiences in New York, London, Munich, Rotterdam, Stockholm, Beijing, and all over Russia with what The Financial Times described as “virtuoso brilliance”.

He was honored to accept Maestro Gergiev’s invitation to play Mozart D-minor and Prokofiev Concerto No. 3 with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg during the holiday season. In the coming months, Mr. Masleev will perform at the Klavierfestival Ruhr and the Baden-Baden Festival, give recitals in Rome, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, and Moscow, collaborate with the orchestra of Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Borodin Quartet, and open the Istanbul Festival. Next season, he will join the National Philharmonic of Russia and Maestro Spivakov on the tour of Germany and make his recital debuts in Seoul, Milan and Brussels.

“A discovery and a brilliant pianist,” is how his senior colleague Boris Berezovsky describes Mr. Masleev; “I was sincerely happy for his success, which is absolutely deserved." In addition to the gold medal, the distinguished jury of the Tchaikovsky Competition awarded him a special prize for his interpretation of a Mozart concerto. According to The Neva Time, “the decisions of the Piano Panel were uncompromising. There could not have been a more accurate and fair choice.” Describing the creative character of Dmitry Masleev, music critics note the impeccable technique, sense of form, brilliance, lyricism, and spontaneity of style.

Born and raised in Ulan-Ude, a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border, Mr. Masleev was educated at the Moscow Conservatory (class of Professor Mikhail Petukhov) and the International Music Academy at Lake Como. During his student years he won a number of international competitions, which lead to touring invitations in Germany, Italy, France, Romania and Russia.

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