He has never been one for giving interviews. Such public comments as he utters are often disparaging. He is an intensely private artist who has preserved some kind of individualist integrity in Putinist Russia. He was caught once as a hostage in a war of oligarchs; he is more careful now.
Mikhail Pletnev turned 60 this weekend (April 14 or 15, the date is disputed).
Winner of the 1978 Tchaikovsky competition, he is among the most interesting, least showy pianists of our time – as well as a compelling conductor of limited repertoire.
UPDATE: Does he know ‘Happy Birthday’?