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
“In her Cincinnati debut, Russian-born pianist Anna Vinnitskaya put on a jaw-dropping display of technical fire in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor ... with explosive percussive passages as well as themes calling for romantic feeling and color. Vinnitskaya was up to the task, and more.”
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 spring, she will make her debut with the Cincinnati Symphony playing Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 2 under the direction of Gilbert Varga. She returns to Indianapolis in 2017/2018 as one of three world-renowned pianists playing all five Prokofiev concerti in one weekend. She will also make her debut with the Kalamazoo Symphony during the same season, playing Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3.
Worldwide, Ms. Vinnitskaya’s recent engagements include a return to the City of Birmingham Symphony, 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 Norway. 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, Pietari Inkinen, Marek Janowski, Dimitri Jurowski, Emmanuel Krivine, Louis Langrée, Yoel Levi, Andris Nelsons, Kyrill Petrenko, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, 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 Rachmaninoff, 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, she recorded her first orchestral CD, featuring Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the Deutsches Sinfonieorchester/Berlin under Gilbert Varga. This album earned an ECHO Klassik award in October 2011. In March 2012, she released a CD showcasing masterpieces by Maurice Ravel, including Miroirs and Gaspard de la nuit; this disc was awarded the “Diapason d’Or.” Her first recording for the Alpha Classic label, released in the summer of 2015, is devoted to one of her repertoires of choice, the concertos of Dimitri Shostakovich performed with the Kremerata Baltica. Conducting the first concerto from the keyboard, this album earned Ms. Vinnitskaya a second ECHO Klassik award. Her latest project will be recording the complete Bartók concertos with Jukka-Pekka Saraste and the WDR Symphony Orchestra/Cologne, where she is artist-in-residence for the 2016/2017 season.
Among her numerous awards and prizes, Anna 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 to 2014, she was a regular participant in the concert series “Junge Wilde” at the Konzerthaus in Dortmund, a special series presenting young artists who pursue ambitious international careers.
Born in 1983 in Novorossiysk, Russia, to parents who are both pianists, Ms. Vinnitskaya played her first orchestral concert at the age of eight and her first recital at the age of nine. After studies at the Sergei Rachmaninoff Conservatory with Sergey 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.