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Evgeny Kissin, The Gift Of Music

A Celebration. A film by Christopher Nupen

Evgeny Kissin, The Gift Of Music A Celebration. A film by Christopher Nupen


Evgeny Kissin not only has dazzling virtuosity and unmistakable star-appeal, his meteoric rise to the top of the international concert circuit has seldom been equalled. There have been few careers in music that have climbed so high, so fast.

Evgeny Igorevich Kissin was born in Moscow on the 10th of October 1971; his father an engineer and his mother a piano teacher. He started to play the piano at the age of two, as soon as he was tall enough to reach the keyboard, as he demonstrates in the film. It soon became clear that his gift for music was exceptional and that it reached far beyond what is generally thought of as musical precocity. So his parents took him, at the age of six, to the Moscow Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children. It was there that he met Anna Pavlovna Kantor who was to have a profound effect on his development. She remained his mentor from the age of six until he had achieved maturity and world-wide fame and remains a guiding friend to this day. For a pupil-teacher relationship to remain so close for so long is probably unprecedented at this level.

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  • Franz Liszt, 12 Transcendental Etudes
    • 10. Allegro agitato molto
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp Minor, Op. 27 No. 2, "Moonlight"
    • 1. Adagio sostenuto
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck, Orfeo ed Euridice : Melody
  • Ludwig van Beethoven, Écossaise, WoO 23
  • Joseph Haydn, Piano Sonata No. 62 in E flat Major, Hob. XVI/52
    • 1. Allegro (Moderato)
    • 3. Finale: Presto
  • Franz Liszt, Liebestraum in A flat, S. 541 No. 3 "Love Dream"
  • Franz Liszt / Vladimir Horowitz, Hungarian Rhapsodies, S 244
    • No. 12 in C-sharp minor


  • Directed by: Christopher Nupen
  • Production date: 1998
  • Recording date: 1997
  • Duration: 59 min
  • Production: © Allegro Films
  • Available version(s): EN


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