The sumptuous program of Evgeny Kissin at the Halle

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If, last week, Lang Lang canceled his visit to Toulouse, Evgeny Kissin, this evening Tuesday, and Hélène Grimaud, Friday, will be there.

The stars of the piano parade in Toulouse. A feast for the senses which knows mixed fortunes. Because, if the Halle aux Grains falls within the nails of the gauges currently imposed, it is still necessary that the spectators are there. This did not seem to be the case on Monday September 10 with Lang Lang, who withdrew, officially because he was “suffering”. Behind the scenes, we mainly talk about insufficient sales, the price of tickets (from 65 to 175 euros) being prohibitive for a single man, even if he is world famous. Single man whose cachet is without common measure with that demanded by other eminent representatives of the classical keyboard.

No “Variations Golberg” in Toulouse, therefore, but a quite enticing program, this Tuesday evening, with a master of the piano, Evgeny Kissin, just as exceptional as Lang Lang. The Russian artist will indeed play Bach (“Toccata and fugue in D minor”), Mozart (“Adagio in B minor”), Beethoven (“Piano sonata n°31”) and Chopin (“7 mazurkas “).

Born in 1971, Evgeny Kissin began playing his first notes on the old family piano at the age of two. At the age of 6, he entered the Gnessin music school in Moscow. A child prodigy, he made his debut at the age of ten in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto K 466” and gave his first recital at the age of eleven.

At the age of twelve, he performed Chopin’s piano concertos with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1988, he played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. In 1990, he gave his first concerts in the United States, with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Since then, the concert performer has chained anthology concerts with the most prestigious orchestras.

Concerts at the Halle aux Grains as part of the Great Performers: Evgeny Kissin, Tuesday January 18 at 8 p.m. (prices: from 20 to 66 euros) and Hélène Grimaud on Friday January 21 (from 20 to 64 euros). Tel.05 61 21 09 00 (www.grandsperformers.com).