Memoirs and Reflections

Evgeny Kissin

Evgeny Kissin is an internationally renowned classical pianist admired for his interpretations of the repertoires of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. The intensity of Kissin’s thinking animates this candid memoir, illuminating his astonishing memory, his fondness for his family and teachers, and his artistic sense of self. Memoirs and Reflections chronicles Kissin’s musical education and his early career. His writing is infused with his lifelong engagement with music: an obsessive love that captured, challenged, and nurtured him from a young age. He recounts fortuitous events and serendipitous encounters with remarkable musicians and conductors, including Herbert von Karajan. This book shows Kissin to be surprisingly modest and down-to-earth in spite of his astonishing gift. He writes of his family and friends with tender affection and touching detail. Reading this intimate memoir is like having a private audience with the great pianist himself.
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ISBN-13: 9781512602609
Pages: 204 | Size: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
Date Published: January 2, 2018


  • A tantalizing collection of snippets.

    The Times Literary Supplement
  • [Kissin] is a born entertainer.

  • As a piece of literature, it’s as eccentric-and also as honest-as those of us who know him would expect.

    BBC Music Magazine
  • Revealing.

    The Spectator
  • Memoirs and Reflections. . . . is a blend of some of the highlights of his life, musical and otherwise, along with Kissin’s thoughts on a variety of topics from the nature of humanity to the meaning of liberty in Russia to his views of other musicians


About the Author

EVGENY KISSIN was born in Moscow in 1971 and began to play by ear and improvise on the piano at the age of two. At six years old, he entered the Gnessin School of Music, a special school for gifted children where he was a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor. He made his concert debut playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.466 as a ten year old, and gave his first solo recital one year later. Kissin first performed outside Russia in 1985, and since then he has been showered with awards from around the world. He has been a British citizen since 2002, and an Israeli citizen since 2013.

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