Whoever witnesses Anna Vinnitskaya in concert is inevitably enthralled by the aura of this artist. Audiences and critics alike celebrate her ability to paint grand canvases, aside from sparking spectacular fireworks. Her technical splendor is not a virtuosic means in itself, but blends with a natural, always colorful sound. Anna Vinnitskaya is a major pianist of our time who tells stories with notes.
Vinnitskaya’s repertoire spans from Johann Sebastian Bach to Sofia Gubaidulina. Her particular emphasis lies on the great Russian piano composers such as Rachmaninov, Prokofiev or Shostakovich, as well as the colourful piano works of Ravel, Debussy and Chopin. In the past few years, her readings of Brahms and Bartók have caused a stir.
The first prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2007 marked the beginning of Anna Vinnitskaya’s international career. Among the conductors with whom she has collaborated are stars of the younger generation such as Andris Nelsons, Kirill Petrenko or Krzysztof Urbanski, as well as seasoned masters such as Charles Dutoit, Vladimir Fedoseyev and Marek Janowski. During the 2016/17 season, Anna Vinnitskaya was Soloist in Residence with the WDR Sinfonieorchester and performed the piano concertos of Béla Bartók together with the orchestra’s principal conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Anna Vinnitskaya’s recordings have been recognised with numerous awards, such as the Diapason d’Or, the Gramophone Editor’s Choice and the ECHO Klassik. On her latest album which she recorded with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański she presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 as well as the Paganini Rhapsody.
Born in the Russian city of Novorossijsk, Vinnitskaya has called Hamburg her home since 2002. A former master student of Evgenyi Koroliov at the Hamburg conservatoire, she now is a professor there herself – that is, when she’s not touring the stages of the wide musical world.
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