Mikhail Pletnev's genius as pianist, conductor and composer enchants and amazes audiences around the globe. He was the Gold Medal and First Prize winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition when he was 21, a prize that earned him early recognition worldwide. An invitation to perform at the 1988 superpower summit in Washington led to a friendship with Mikhail Gorbachev and the historic opportunity to make music in artistic freedom.
Pletnev's compositions include works for orchestra, piano, strings and voices. His transcriptions of Nutcracker Suite and Sleeping Beauty were selected for the 1998 anthology 'Great Pianists of the 20th Century' from Philips Classics.
Today he is one of Russia's most respected and influential artists. Pianist, conductor, composer and cultural leader all are significant facets of Mikhail Pletnev's life as an artist. Yet he considers himself, simply, a musician.