Anna Vinnitskaya (photo: Marco Borggreve)

Chamber Music

Piano recital with Anna Vinnitskaya

For Anna Vinnitskaya, the daughter of two pianists, playing the piano is as much a part of life as breathing or eating. Technical limits? She knows none. She won first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Piano Competition in Brussels in 2007 – as the second woman in the history of the competition. Her piano recital features Robert Schumann’s expressive, profound Piano Sonata No. 1 and elegant, voluptuous impromptus by Frédéric Chopin. Also on the programme are the Valses nobles et sentimentales and La Valse by Maurice Ravel, in which the French composer interpreted the Viennese waltz in a highly original way.

Anna Vinnitskaya piano

Robert Schumann

Arabeske in C major, op. 18

Robert Schumann

Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, op. 11

Frédéric Chopin

Impromptu No. 1 in A flat major, op. 29

Frédéric Chopin

Impromptu No. 2 in F sharp major, op. 36

Frédéric Chopin

Impromptu No. 3 in G flat major, op. 51

Frédéric Chopin

Fantaisie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, op. post. 66

Maurice Ravel

Valses nobles et sentimentales

Maurice Ravel

La Valse (version for piano)

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Biography

Anna Vinnitskaya never asked herself whether she should become a musician: “Both my parents are pianists, my grandfather was a conductor, my uncle a successful violinist, winner of the renowned Tchaikovsky Competition – music has simply been part of my life since I was born. Probably initially at the wish of my parents, but certainly from the age of five or six, the piano was as much a part of my life as eating or breathing.” Today, Anna Vinnitskaya delights international concert audiences with her virtuosity, poetic depth and art of tonal nuance. Born in Novorossiysk in southern Russia, she received her training at the State Rachmaninov Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don before moving to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg in 2002 as a master student of Yevgeny Korolyov, who became not only her teacher but also her mentor. Seven years later, she became a professor there herself. Winning the 1st prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2007 and the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2008 launched her international career. Her CD recordings have been awarded prizes such as the Diapason d’Or and the Gramophone Editor’s Choice: “How naturally the arpeggios and runs intertwine, how elegantly and sublimely she phrases musical lines at the same time – that’s how you have to play Chopin” (Deutschlandfunk).

Anna Vinnitskaya (photo: Marco Borggreve)

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