Magazine September 11, 2017, Issue

A Salzburg Trio

Nina Stemme in Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District (Salzburger Festspiele/Thomas Aurin)<

Salzburg, Austria — The recital in the Great Festival Hall had the air of an occasion, an event. The hall was packed, and there were even extra seats on either side of the stage. This is rare here. A big pianist was going to play a big program: a demanding, virtuosic program.

Our pianist was Evgeny Kissin, born in 1971 (Moscow). He came to the world’s attention at age twelve, when he recorded the Chopin concertos. He was curly-headed and cute, wearing a red Young Pioneers scarf.

An émigré, he became a British citizen in 2002. In 2013, he became an Israeli

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