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 '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. She made her U.S. recital debut in 2010 at the Kennedy Center to great critical acclaim, and subsequently made her U.S. orchestral debut with the Indianapolis Symphony under Krzysztof Urbanski. This past season she debuted with the Columbus Symphony performing the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, and will make her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony next season, playing Prokoviev’s Concerto No. 2. She will be returning to Indianapolis in 2017/2018.
Worldwide, Ms. Vinnitskaya’s recent engagements include a return to the City of Birmingham Symphony, the Kyushyu Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Zurich, Philharmonisches Orchester Kiel, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de la Liége, a return to the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (for a marathon concert featuring all three Bartók piano concertos), Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the Trondheim Symfoniorkester. In addition, this past season included an ambitious series of recitals throughout Germany, Belgium, Italy and The Netherlands. Ms. Vinnitskaya has performed with the Athens State Orchestra, Borusan Philharmonic/Istanbul, Brno Philharmonic/Czech Republic, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, KBS Symphony Orchestra/Seoul, Minas Gerais Philharmonic/Brazil, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, National Orchestra of Russia, New Japan Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Oslo Philharmonic, the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra/Moscow, the WDR Symphony/Cologne, and the radio symphony orchestras of Berlin, Hamburg, and Stuttgart.
Anna 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.
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, Ms. Vinnitskaya 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. Her most recent CD, including Ravel’s Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit also received the “Diapason d’Or.” Her latest project will be recording the complete Bartók concertos in 2017 with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the WDR Symphony/Cologne.
Among her numerous awards and prizes, Ms. 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. From 2011-2014, she was a regular participant in the concert series “Junge Wilde” at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund. This special series presents young artists who pursue ambitious international careers.
Born in 1983 in Novorossiysk, Russia, Anna Vinnitskaya 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, she 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.