Kirill Richter

Kirill Richter
by Igor Klepnev
  • country:Russian Federation
  • style(s):Contemporary, Classical Music
  • label:not signed
  • type:Solo, Composer/Songwriter, Trio
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:piano
  • artist posted by:RUSH initiative

Line up

  • Alena Zinovieva (violin)
  • August Krepak (cello)
  • Kirill Richter  (piano)


Russian pianist Kirill Richter is a star in ascent. Richter’s shows have an atmosphere like a crowded club show. His audiences are ready to mob the stage at any moment, carried away by exuberance. Case in point: at an outdoor performance in St. Petersburg last summer a rapt audience sprang into action when rain began falling, shielding Richter and fellow performers with umbrellas while staring bug-eyed at the musicians.

Richter doesn’t offer the wildest, most outlandish shows. He’s no musical libertine. What makes Richter’s music so affecting, and effective, is a steadfast commitment to presentation. Every moment is taut. A repeated figure always leads somewhere. Intervals of repose last long enough – as long as a drawn breath – to make subsequent bombast stunningly effective.

It’s still early days in Kirill Richter’s career, but clearly great things lie ahead. Even road-hardened musicians should take note of Richter’s compelling blueprint.


Kirill Richter