Prokofiev: Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16, II
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1, I
Ravel: Concert in G, II
Rachmaninov: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 36, III
“Vinnitskaya showed us yet another young pianist as being part of the cream of today's world crop of sterling keyboard artists. Her fingers flew over the piano's keys with a marvelous touch and control — every note cleanly heard, all of them shaped in proper proportion.” [Rachmaninoff's 'Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini']
Hailed by the Washington Post as a “lioness at the keyboard,” Anna Vinnitskaya has emerged as one of the most exciting pianists of her generation. Born in 1983 in Novorossiysk, Russia, she played her first orchestral concert at the age of eight and her first recital at the age of nine. After studies in Russia with Sergej Osipenko, Ms. Vinnitskaya became a protégé of Evgeni Koroliov at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater in 2002, where she herself was appointed Professor of Piano in 2009.
Already established on the international stage, Ms. Vinnitskaya’s upcoming engagements include the Athens State Orchestra, Borusan Philharmonic/Istanbul, Brno Philharmonic, her U.S. orchestral debut with the Indianapolis Symphony, Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais/Brazil, Oslo Philharmonic and the WDR Symphony/Cologne. Following a recent successful New York recital debut at The Frick Collection in October, additional recital appearances this season include performances in Berlin, Brussels, Hasselt and Kiel.
Other renowned orchestras with whom Ms. Vinnitskaya has performed include the City of Birmingham Symphony, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Bremen, Konzerthausorchester/Berlin, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra/Seoul, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra/Moscow, and the radio symphony orchestras of Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Berlin, as well as the Lucerne Festival in 2011.
Ms. Vinnitskaya collaborates regularly with conductors such as Andrey Boreyko, Alan Buribayev, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Reinhard Goebel, Pietari Inkinen, Marek Janowski, Dimitri Jurowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, Yoel Levi, Andris Nelsons, Kyrill Petrenko, Helmut Rilling, Krzysztof Urbañski, Juraj Valcuha, and Gilbert Varga. Also an enthusiastic chamber music player, she performs regularly as a trio with violinist Erik Schumann and cellist Nicolas Altstaedt.
Among her numerous awards and prizes, Anna Vinnitskaya was Gold Medalist at the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and winner of the Leonard Bernstein Award at the 2008 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. For the past three years, she has taken part in the concert series “Junge Wilde” at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund. This special series presents young artists who pursue ambitious international careers.
In April 2009, Ms. Vinnitskaya’s debut recital recording was released on the French label NAÏVE, featuring works by Rachmaninov, Gubaidulina, Medtner and Prokofiev. This recording was awarded the “Diapason d’Or” as well as the “Choc du Mois” by Classica magazine. It was also nominated for a Midem-Classical Award. In October 2010, she made her first orchestral CD, featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No.2 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester/Berlin under the direction of Gilbert Varga. This album earned her an ECHO Klassik award in October 2011. Ms. Vinnitskaya’s most recent CD, including Ravel’s Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit also received the “Diapason d’Or”.