"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 ... The cadenza that ended the first movement was both powerful and searing ...Her hands often leaped high over the keyboard, which had listeners holding their breath, but she always landed on the right notes. She drove the finale from its little Russian tune into a massive sonority. Yet whether tackling great fistfuls of chords or other technical hurdles, her tone was always lyrical."
"Vinnitskaya showed us yet another young pianist as being part of the cream of today's world crop of sterling keyboard artists. Her fingers flew over the piano's keys with a marvelous touch and control — every note cleanly heard, all of them shaped in proper proportion." [Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini]
Washington Performing Arts Society recital
"Vinnitskaya is a true lioness at the keyboard, devouring the most difficult pages of music with adamantine force. She seemed almost to relish the technical thickets, never rushing, never banging, maintaining control of wildly different simultaneous textures (in the Gubaidulina Chaconne) and pacing long buildups with unswerving focus. In this literature, she has everything a top-level artist needs."
Wigmore Hall recital
"... Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-flat major was a burst of sunshine ... [Anna Vinnitskaya's] playing was self-assured, caressing the initial theme and quite often pulling back phrases in the Allegro brillante first movement, resisting Runge's soaring cello song. After a slightly clipped treatment of the little funeral march which opens the second movement, relations warmed, the central agitato section verging towards the passionate. The jaunty Scherzo engaged in skittsh rough and tumble before the smiling Allegro ma non troppo finale restored the mood of witty banter."
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Stuttgart Radio Orchestra
“Evidently, the Steinway piano in the Beethoven Hall of the Stuttgart Liederhalle felt terrific under her hands, because the young pianist, Anna Vinnitskaya, drew the warmth of a Bechstein out of its otherwise cool, metallic sound … the incredible security with which she mastered the great technical demands of the most famous of all piano concertos was astounding.” [Tchaikovsky Concerto No. 1]
CD Review: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (Naïve)
“... Prokofiev's Second Piano Concerto is one of the works where the composer is determined to leave the key performer comatose with exhaustion. The first movement's death-dealing cadenza, the breathless scherzo that follows, and the constant, sudden changes of mood and tone of voice throughout make demands calculated to drive any soloist to [her] limit. None of this fazes the young Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya, who gives the killer concerto a staggering performance here."
CD Review: Rachmaninoff, Gubaidulina, Medtner, Prokofiev Sonatas (Naïve/Ambroisie)
“… Russian-born pianist Anna Vinnitskaya is clearly a name to reckon with… There’s little doubt that she has the measure of each work, demonstrating not only formidable technical control but also a truly remarkable range of tonal colouring.”
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE