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Igor Tchetuev


"They were then joined by the 26-year-old pianist Igor Tchetuev for Rachmaninov Third Concerto which received a magnificent performance which dug deep beneath the surface to reveal aspects of the composer’s genius rarely heard in this masterpiece. Igor Tchetuev is a virtuoso to rank with the best. He did not merely treat the work as a vehicle for display; this was an intensely musical, engrossing and impressive reading throughout… "

MUSICAL OPINION-January-February 2007- Robert Matthew-Walker. (St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall : Rachmaninov 3rd piano concerto)

Igor Tchetuev was born in Sebastopol (Ukraine) in 1980 and won at the age of 14 the Grand Prix of the International Vladimir Krainev Young Pianists Competition (Ukraine); he currently works with Maestro Krainev. In 1998, at age 18, he was the First Prize Laureate of the Ninth Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, and was also voted "Audience Favourite". In 2003, he won the 4th Prize of the very prestigious Leeds International Pianoforte Competition.

In 2008 Igor Tchetuev will be accompanying the illustrious Bass Ferruccio Furlanetto at the Scala di Milano. He will be the guest of the WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln (M°Bychkov) for three concerts and gives a series of recitals in the Paris area.

2006/07, Igor Tchetuev performs Rachmaninov 3rd concerto at the Theatre des Champs Elysees in January 2007 with Orchestre Lamoureux under M° Yutaka Sado. After a recital at the Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie Berlin, Tchetuev performs a third recital at Wigmore Hall, and is the guest of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and of the St. Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra (M° Dimitriev) for a great tour in Great-Britain including a concert at Cadogan Hall, London. Furthermore, he performs a “Russian recital” at the Festival de Laon, France and other recitals in France : Festival Chopin Paris, Festival International des Jeunes Etoiles, Festival de Pontlevoy, Festival de Croix, …

2005/06, Igor Tchetuev was the guest of M° Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra (Prokofiev 1). He played with Halle Orchestra (M° Elder) with the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Polish National Orchestra, the Moscow Virtuosi, in Japan and in Switzerland; After a highly praised recital at Radio Bremen, he was in recital at the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier, in Festival Clef de Soleil, Lille, and was the guest of the Orchestre de Tours directed by M°Ossonce (Chopin 1).

2004/05, he was the guest of the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra for a great tour in the United Kingdom, under Maestro Dmitriev and Maestro Altschuler (Chopin 1 and Rachmaninov 3) before another much-admired performance at the Wigmore Hall. Furthermore, among a range of concerts, Tchetuev played at the Academia Filarmonica Romana last summer, a recital as part as “Pianoforte al Chiaro da Luna”, he was also the guest of the Orchestre National de Lille conducted by M°Casadesus in (Tchaikovsky 1).

Each year Tchetuev gives a number of appearances in select events for instance the Colmar International Festival of France, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, the Klavierfestival Ruhr, the Braunschweig Festival of Germany, Sintra Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Zino Francescatti Festival, Divonne, Hardelot, Paris (Louvre Auitorium), Accademia Philharmonica Romana, Festival de Radio France et Montpellier not to mention the festival of La Roque d’Antheron, where he appeared during the last two seasons, and was re-invited after an acclaimed recital.

Igor Tchetuev has also performed as piano soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra, Moscow Virtuosi, St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Polish National Orchestra, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Bern Philharmonic, NDR Hanover, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Orchestre de Bretagne, Dortmund Orchester, New Japan Philharmonic, Miami New World Symphony, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre de Tours etc. under such conductors as Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Marc Elder, Frubeck de Burgos, Alexander Dmitriev, M. Shostakovtich, Svetlanov, Casadesus, Sirenko, Ossonce and so on.

Igor Tchetuev makes then regular recital tours in Europe and his recordings have received numerous awards and accolades: he recorded with the violinist Andrei Bielov all Prokofiev Sonatas for violin and piano for Naxos label.

He also recorded a wonderful recital of “Romantic Etudes” with Schumann, Chopin, Liszt, Scriabin, for Tri-M Classic of Japan, and the Three Chopin Sonatas for Orfeo in Germany which was applauded by critics (Le Monde de la Musique, Classica...). Tchetuev last recording are “Alfred Schnittke: The Complete Piano Sonatas” for Caro Mitis (Russia) (Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in Germany, R10 in Classica-Repertoire in France) and Beethoven's Sonatas 7, 23, 26 for Caro Mitis.

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