Schmeichel's best Russian scores

Yesterday, Denmark were knocked out of the World Cup leaving Croatia in a quarter-final tie against hosts Russia.

For those who haven’t been able make it abroad to enjoy the magic of the cup, the sound of Russia will be coming to Birmingham for one of those famous European nights as part of the Birmingham Classical 2018/19 Season – and there’s a reason football fans might be interested.

One of my favourite musical pieces is Rachmaninoff’s second Piano Concerto. The chairman of the Rachmaninov Foundation is a big football fan. He happens to be one of the FIFA ambassadors for the World Cup, on top of being one the best pianists in the world” said Denmark football legend Peter Schmeichel about Russian music icon, Pianist Denis Matsuev.



Schmeichel has been exploring Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup – including a visit to the St Petersburg Philharmonic earlier this month where he met internationally acclaimed Pianist Denis Matsuev.

Denis Matsuev performed at Symphony Hall in October last year to great acclaim and the St Petersburg Philharmonic, who the former goalie was visiting when he met the acclaimed pianist, return to Symphony Hall for a hat-trick programme of two halves including  Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Mahler in January 2018.

Under the captaincy of conductor Yuri Termikanov the orchestra will feature the attacking front line of pianist Freddy Kempf & soprano Nadine Koutcher.


The most important goal is we play for the audience. This is the most important thing.

Denis Matsuev