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Compofactur MusikVerlag signed a new publishing agreement with the internationally renowned composer Mikhail Pletnev, who has been successful as a composer and arranger for a long time. For several decades his piano transcriptions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Sleeping Beauty have gained great popularity among pianists. The recording of Pletnev’s transcription of Prokofiev’s Suite from Cinderella for 2 Pianos with Martha Argerich and Mikhail Pletnev won many record awards such as GRAMMY, Diapason d’or de l’année, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and MIDEM Classical Award. He arranged a highly respected version for clarinetist Michael Collins of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Pletnev composed a Viola Concerto for Yuri Bashmet and a Cello Sonata for Steven Isserlis. His compositional output encompasses many genres of music, ranging from piano music and chamber music, to works for solo instruments and orchestra, and to symphonic pieces.
Pletnev’s works and arrangements have been performed by leading artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Rafał Blechacz, Alexei Bruni, Seong-Jin Cho, Michael Collins, Bella Davidovich, Hobart Earle, Kirill Gerstein, Alexander Gottgelf, Steven Isserlis, Alexei Kornienko, Yundi Li, Nikolai Lugansky, Denis Matsuev, Alexander Mogilewsky, Andris Nelsons, Pletnev himself, Maxim Rysanov, Daniil Trifonov, and Lev Vinocour as well as orchestras like the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur, the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Zürcher Kammerorchester.
Pletnev is famous in the classical music world as pianist since he won the Gold Medal and First Prize at the VI. Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in 1978 and as conductor since he founded the Russian National Orchestra in 1990.