Singapore Arts Festival 2003 Presents Mikhail Pletnev Plays Beethoven with SSO


Mikhail Pletnev Plays Beethoven with SSO


 Date:  30 & 31 May 
 Time:  7.30 pm 
 Venue:  Esplanade Concert Hall 
 Tickets  $121, $101, $81, $51, $31, $21 
 Duration:  125 minutes & 90 minutes (with intermission)  


Co-presented with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra


Sponsored by Philip Electronics Singapore Pte Ltd


“Pletnev’s athleticism has an allure which is a pleasure in itself.” ~ Gramaphone


“Pletnev is a keyboard wizard who gets more sound out of a piano than any three instrumentalists and does it while maintaining steely rhythmic strength, textural clarity and a forthright lyricism.”  ~ San Francisco Chronicle


For many classical music enthusiasts here, two decades of waiting are finally over.  The complete Beethoven Piano Concerto cycle will be performed by a single pianist in Singapore once again.  And who more fitting to give a resounding performance of the classic works than celebrated Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev with Lan Shui and the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO).


A pianist, conductor, composer, even founder of a national orchestra, the 46-year old Pletnev is noted for his intense readings and unrivalled technique on the keyboard.  His ability to coax lyrical, breath-taking sounds from the piano, has captivated audience all over.


Born in Archangel, Russia in 1957, to musician parents, his musical talent became widely noticed from an early age.  Only 21 when he won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano competition in Moscow, he was later invited, in 1988, by President Mikhail Gorbachev to perform at the superpower summit in Washington.  The two Mikhails became firm friends and with Gorbachev’s support, Pletnev launched the Russian National Orchestra (RNO) in 1990, the first completely state-independent orchestra since the revolution of 1917.


Now Conductor Laureate of the RNO, Pletnev continues to give recitals in the musical capitals and major festivals of all over the world, recording albums as well as composing.  Pletnev has also guest conducted several prestigious orchestras such as the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  His recordings and live performances of an extensive repertoire from Baroque to 20th century classical music, have left critics raving over his interpretations.  Pletnev received a Gramophone Award in 1996 for his album of Scarlatti's Keyboard Sonatas (EMI-Virgin Classics) and has also composed and arranged a number of pieces for piano, strings and even the clarinet.


Pletnev received the Russian Federation’s prestigious First State Prize in 1995, and was recognised with the same award again last year by President Putin.


Backed by 70 SSO musicians, Pletnev will perform all five of Beethoven’s piano concertos over two evenings - the first, second and fifth concertos on the first evening; and the third and fourth on the second night.  The two nights of music, composed by the grand master of classical music, performed by an equally grand master of the piano and one of the top Asian orchestras will truly be unforgettable.


Please refer to attached annexes for more information:

  • Annex 1 – Programme
  • Annex 2 – Profile of Mikhail Pletnev
  • Annex 3 – Profile of Lan Shui
  • Annex 4 – Profile of SSO
  • Annex 5 – SSO Musicians List