Ekaterina Mechetina

Mechetina is a brilliant pianist, her performances are bold and confident, as you would expect from the Russian piano school.
The Boston Globe

In my opinion, Ekaterina is a staggeringly vivid and dazzling talent! Over eight days she learned two of my most complex works. Other than compliments I had nothing to say to her. After she performed the whole programme the audience stood up and gave her an ovation. Quite simply, she’s a miracle! A sensation!
Rodion Shchedrin


Honoured Artist of Russia (2018)

Ekaterina Mechetina was born in Moscow. Began to study music at the age of four. In 2001 she graduated from the Tchaikovsky Moscow State Conservatory (class of Vladimir Ovchinnikov), in 2004 completing a postgraduate study at the conservatory (class of Sergei Dorensky). While a student she was a grant-recipient of the Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation and the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation, and on the invitation of the latter, in 2004 she undertook a traineeship in Paris. From 2007 she was a soloist with the Moscow Philharmonic Society.

Prize-winner at the Premio Mozart competition (Verona, 1989; Grand Prix), the International Chopin Youth Competition (Moscow, 1992; 2nd prize and special award “For Artistry and Charm”), the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition (Bolzano, Italy, 1995; 5th prize), the Épinal International Piano Competition (France, 1999; 2nd prize), the Giovan Battista Viotti International Music Competition (Vercelli, Italy, 2002; 2nd prize), the International Chamber Music Competition Pinerolo e Torino – Città metropolitana (Italy, 2003; 1st prize) and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition (USA, 2004; 1st prize and Gold Medal).

Has taken part in the Rodion Shchedrin Music Festival (Moscow, 2002, 2007 and 2012), the festivals Europalia (Brussels), Consonances (Saint-Nazaire, France), December Nights of Sviatoslav Richter, Moscow Autumn, Crescendo, Russian Winter, Benois de la Danse, Stars on Baikal, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Croatia) and the Lille Piano(s) Festival. On stage she has been partnered by Rodion Shchedrin, Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Alexey Utkin, Alexander Knyazev, Alexander Ghindin, Boris Andrianov, Daniil Kogan and Graf Murzha among other acclaimed Russian and international performers. Since 2007 she has performed in a trio – alongside violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky and cellist Sergey Antonov. Has appeared at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre, the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi di Milano’s Sala Grande, the Auditorium di Milano and Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall and Casals Hall among other venues.

Ekaterina Mechetina’s recordings include a release with Fuga Libera (solo disc featuring works by Rachmaninoff, 2005), Empire of Music (a disc featuring works by Shchedrin and Tolib-khon Shakhidi, 2008) and Melodiya (solo disc featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Musorgsky and Rachmaninoff, 2013). In 2019 she recorded and released at the Moscow Conservatory an album of works by Tchaikovsky entitled Original Suite. Together with Vyacheslav Butusov she recorded the concert-performance Joy Awoken (2016) and the instrumental album Chiaroscuro (2020).

Recipient of the Triumph youth award (2003) and the Russian Presidential Prize for Young Workers of Culture for 2010. In November 2017 Ekaterina Mechetina received 1st prize at the 1st International Cultural Festival Russian Rome in the category “For the advancement of world culture in the sphere of music”.

Since 2011 she has been a member of the Council for Culture and Arts of the President of the Russian Federation. Since 2013 she has been President of the Green Noise International Youth Festival of Arts (Surgut). From 2009 she was an assistant and since 2020 has been a senior lecturer at the Department of Special Piano at the Moscow Conservatory. Since 2016 she has also taught at the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatory. Has composed and presented the programmes Diary of a Pianist on Radio Orpheus.
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