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Evgeny Igorevich Kissin (Russian: Евге́ний И́горевич Ки́син, Evge’nij I’gorevič Ki’sin) (born October 10, 1971) is a Russian classical pianist and former child prodigy.
Kissin was born in Moscow to a Jewish family. At age 11 months, he was reputedly able to hum along to a Bach tune his sister Alla was playing on the piano. At age 6 he commenced his own piano studies at the esteemed Gnessin School of Music for Gifted Children. There, he became a student of Anna Pavlovna Kantor, who was Kissin’s only piano teacher outside of his family.[1]

At the age of 10, Kissin made his debut with the Ulyanovsk Symphony Orchestra and the year after that he gave his first recital in Moscow. Kissin’s talents were revealed on the international scene in 1984, when he played and recorded Chopin’s two piano concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1985, he made his United Kingdom debut, alongside conductor Valery Gergiev and violinists Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin, at The Lichfield Festival. In 1988, he played Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Herbert von Karajan at the Berlin Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert. In September, 1990, Kissin made his debut in North America playing Chopin’s two piano concertos with the New York Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta and the first piano recital in Carnegie Hall’s centennial season. In 1997, he gave the first solo piano recital in the history of The Proms in London.[2]

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