As a fourth generation musician, Russian born classical violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky had the privilege of growing up as an insider in the marvelous world of classical music. His series It Ain’t Necessarily So… presents conversations with classical music stars. This episode features the virtuoso pianist Evgeny Kissin.
Evgeny Kissin was born in Moscow in October 1971. He started to play and improvise on the piano at the age of two. It was clear that little Evgeny was gifted for music. In this episode, Dmitry Sitkovetsky questions Kissin about his debuts as a virtuoso pianist. Kissin talks about his mentor, Anna Pavlovna Kantor and about Chopin (who has always occupied the first place in his repertoire).
It Ain’t Necessarily So…
In June 2014, famous violonist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky developped an interesting project with M-Productions (Moscow): a great cycle of interviews of important personalities of the musical world. Each episode features a guest such as: Bella Davidovich (piano player and teacher), Barbara Hendricks (opera and jazz singer), Mischa Maisky (cellist), Evgeny Kissin (piano) and many other famous artists... Sitkovetsky invites them to confide in him and presents unique footages of their performances. Without further delay, watch all episodes!
We are first and foremost complicated and vulnerable men and women, and our paths to artistic triumphs cannot be separated from our personal journeys, the love, the loneliness, the relationships, the disappointments, the strife to know ourselves and to connect with others, however tenuously or temporarily. These connections are what this series of conversations is all about. I want you to get to know my friends and long-time collaborators as I know and love them. Some of what you hear might surprise you. Some of it might shatter your assumptions. But hopefully all of it will give you a deeper connection to these extraordinary people. (Dmitry Sitkovetsky, about his series It Ain’t Necessarily So….)
Royal Albert Hall
Verbier Festival 2013
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra