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 her music.
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 Vladimir Fedoseyev and Marek Janowski.
Highlights of the 2018-19 season include Vinnitskaya‘s debuts with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra. She returns to the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg for three major projects - with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Other season highlights are her concerts with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, SWR Symphonieorchester and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
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 she presents Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Paganini Rhapsody, with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański.
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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