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Anna Vinnitskaya

A headshot of Anna Vinnitskaya leaning on a piano with arms crossed


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 never a virtuoso end in itself, but always a means of expression, and blends with a natural, always colorful sound. Anna Vinnitskaya is a major pianist of our time who tells stories with her music. The first prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2007 marked the beginning of Anna Vinnitskaya’s international career. Her debuts with international top orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Munich Philharmonic, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, to name a few, led to immediate re-invitations. In the summer of 2021, she was a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of principal conductor Kirill Petrenko on the orchestra's festival tour to Salzburg, Lucerne and Paris. Recently, she has been artist in residence with the Philharmonie Dresden at the invitation of Marek Janowski, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the Frankfurt Museumsorchester, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. She is a valued partner of leading conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Krzysztof Urbański, Alan Gilbert and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Piano recitals regularly take her to the major concert halls in Berlin, Cologne, Essen, Dortmund, Stuttgart, Munich, Hamburg, Vienna, Paris, Florence and Tokyo.

In the 2023/24 season, Anna Vinnitskaya will make her first guest appearance with the Boston Symphony Orchestra together with Joana Mallwitz. A renewed collaboration with Iván Fischer will take her to the Budapest Festival Orchestra, with whom she will also perform in China for the first time. Another highlight is the cyclical performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's piano concertos at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg alongside the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra in the fall of 2023. The Flagey in Brussels has entrusted Anna Vinnitskaya with the conception of Piano Days 2024. As "Artist-inResidence" of the Kammerakademie Potsdam, she works with Antonello Manacorda and will also lead the ensemble from the piano in a program of piano concertos by Bach and Shostakovich.

CD recordings by Anna Vinnitskaya have won numerous awards such as the Diapason d'Or and the Gramophone Editor's Choice. At the beginning of 2021, she presented an album of Frédéric Chopin's Ballades and Impromptus, which has been received with continuing critical enthusiasm: "The naturalness of arpeggios and runs interlocking, how she phrases musical lines elegantly and sublimely at the same time - that's how you have to play Chopin," Mascha Drost's reviewed on Deutschlandfunk. Previous releases include a Rachmaninoff album with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester and Krzysztof Urbański as well as the recording of Bach's piano concertos together with Evgeni Koroliov, Ljupka Hadzi Georgieva and the Kammerakademie Potsdam (Alpha Classics/Outhere Music).

Anna Vinnitskaya was born in Novorossiysk, Russia. She studied with Sergei Osipienko in Rostov and then with Evgeni Koroliov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, where she herself has been a professor since 2009.

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