May 4, 1988
“Super-soloist” is the way France Musique introduced Dmitry Masleev when he made his debut with the Orchestre National de France playing the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1, the work that helped launch his international career, when he won the 2015 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow. Diapason described the same concert as “the Triumph of Dmitry Masleev at Radio France. Masleev delivered a soaring interpretation, with his transcendent virtuosity augmented by his delicate touch.”
Rising to the challenge of Covid-19 crisis, Dmitry actively collaborated with the Moscow Philharmonic Society, offering numerous performances via their digital concert hall and partner media networks, reaching hundreds of thousands of people worldwide.
Dmitry also gave the world premiere of several previously unknown early works of Dmitry Shostakovich in a virtual concert presented by the International Shostakovich Festival in Gohrisch and broadcast by ARTE, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, and Deutsche Grammophon.
His second album, Rapid Movement, released on Russia’s legendary label Melodia, famous for its recordings of Richter, Gilels and other great Russian pianists, features Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside the Jazz Suite by Alexander Tsfasman and the Piano Concerto No. 2 by Kapustin. Shostakovich and Tsfasman enjoyed an artistic friendship: Tsfasman consulted with Shostakovich on the orchestration of his themes, while Shostakovich sought his opinion on his own forays into jazz.
Dmitry Masleev’s previous album, launched with a performance at the recital hall of the Concertgebouw and featuring solo and orchestral repertoire, has made the Spotify Top Classical 2017 charts and received the prestigious German Critics’ Prize (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik) in the solo piano category. In acknowledgement of these achievements, ARTE’s primetime TV show Stars von Morgen, hosted by Rolando Villazon, featured Dmitry as the pianist to watch.
“One cannot be taught to play like this. It takes a lot of natural musicality… Masleev shows how within a small space one can open up an entire cosmos of a soul. That is great art and that is what you always want and rarely get : watching the artist looking for himself and listening to him find it,” wrote Helmut Mauró in Süddeutsche Zeitung in 2019.
Dmitry particularly appreciates festivals for the opportunities to play chamber music. His regular partners include Boris Berezovsky, who has described him as “a discovery and a brilliant pianist”, Marc Bouchkov, Alexander Ramm, and the Borodin Quartet.
Dmitry’s orchestral collaborations include the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra (Robert Trevino), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (Mikko Franck), Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon (Tan Dun), Bamberg Orchestra (Christoph Eschenbach), and Orquestra Cadaqués (David Robertson), Seoul Philharmonic, New Japanese Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra (Yuri Simonov) and the Mariinsky Orchestra (Valery Gergiev).
Born and raised in Ulan-Ude (a Siberian town between Lake Baikal and the Mongolian border), Dmitry was educated at the Moscow Conservatory in the class of Professor Mikhail Petukhov, and at the International Music Academy at Lake Como.