Anna Vinnitskaya, Biography
Anna Vinnitskaya (Russia, born 4 August 1983) is a pianist who won the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Music Competition. Vinnitskaya was only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to win the first prize, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968.
Childhood and Youth of Vinnitskaya
Anna Vinnitskaya was born in Novorossiysk, Russia. Her parents are both pianists. She received her first piano lessons from her mother at the age of six and displayed musical talent right away. She played her first public orchestral concert when she was eight years old.
At age 12, she was enrolled at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory in Rostov-on-Don where she studied from 1995 to 2001. She entered the competition circuit at age 13, winning first prize at the International Junoshenki competition. In 2000 at age 17, she achieved a third place at the Monza Competition.
When she was 18, she was admitted to the University for Music and Theatre in Hamburg, Germany where she studied with Ralf Nattkemper and Evgeni Koroliov.
In 2002, she won first place at the Jaèn Competition, and also the Audience Award. This was followed with a first prize at the Elise Meyer Competition in Hamburg in 2004 at age 21, and the fourth prize in the Ferruccio Busoni International Competition in Bolzano in 2005.
On 2 June 2007, aged 23, she won first prize in the Queen Elisabeth Music Competition in Brussels. After a memorable Gaspard de la nuit (Ravel) in the first rounds, she impressed the audience and jury in the final round with Beethoven's Sonata No.13 in E flat "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27 No.1; the compulsory work La Luna y la Muerte by Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher; and the Piano Concerto No.2 by Sergei Prokofiev. Vinnitskaya was only the second woman in the history of the competition for piano to win the first prize, after Ekaterina Novitskaya in 1968
In 2009, she was appointed professor of piano at the University for Music and Theatre in Hamburg, Germany.
As a soloist Anna Vinnitskaya regularly performs with renowned orchestras such as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Royal Phiharmonic Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Radio Symphony Orchestras of Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. She collaborates with conductors Andrey Boreyko, Alan Buribayev, Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Marek Janowski, Dimitri Jurowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, Yoel Levi, Andris Nelsons, Kyrill Petrenko, Krzysztof Urbański, Juraj Valcuha and Gilbert Varga.
In 2009, Anna’s debut album was published 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. Furthermore, it was nominated for a Midem-Classical Award. In October 2010 Anna Vinnitskaya’s first orchestral CD followed. As soloist of the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Gilbert Varga she recorded Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major. This album earned her an ECHO Klassik award in October 2011.
In March 2012 Anna Vinnitskaya presented her third CD with several masterpieces of Maurice Ravel such as „Miroirs“, and „Gaspard de la nuit“. It was immediately awarded the “Diapason d’Or” award.
Anna Vinnitskaya´s new CD is the powerful and brilliant recording of the dazzling piano concertos 1 and 2 of Dmitri Schostakowitsch which are full of surprises. It was released under the label Alpha Classic in summer 2015. For this recording, Anna Vinnitskaya was surrounded by partners of the front rank: the famous Kremerata Baltica, regarded as one of the most creative ensembles on todays musical scene, and the prestigious wind players of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
For her concerts, please visit: http://www.annavinnitskaya.com/en/concerts