Brassy beast on the keyboard, cheeky woodpecker, velvety pawed lioness with the strength of diamonds – the fantastic piano menagerie that is lauded by unanimous voices of critics actually encompasses only one single animal musicum: the pianist Anna Vinnitskaya. Whoever witnesses her in concert is inevitably sucked into the aura of this artist. Belligerent, swinging, subtle, barbaric, cool: Anna Vinnitskaya is a major pianist of our time, forming notes into life stories with her manifold range of expression.
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.
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, a particular highlight being a performance of all three piano concertos of Bartók in one afternoon (with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin under Marek Janowski.)
Audiences and critics alike celebrate Vinnistskaya’s ability to paint grand canvases, aside from sparking spectacular fireworks. Her technical splendour is not a virtuosic means in itself, but blends with a natural, always colourful sound.
As soloist, Vinnitskaya has performed together with renowned orchestras from Berlin (Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester) to London (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra), from Munich (Münchner Philharmoniker) to Tokyo (NHK Orchestra), from Birmingham (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra) to Tel Aviv (Israel Philharmonic). Vinnitskaya also makes regular appearances with the leading radio orchestras.
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. 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.
Vinnitskaya won her first international competition at the age of 12. Among her most prestigious prizes are an award at the Busoni competition in Bolzano in 2005, the first prize at the Concours Reine Elisabeth in Brussels in 2007, as well as the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 2008.
During the 2016/17 season, Anna Vinnitskaya is Soloist in Residence with the WDR Sinfonieorchester. She will record and perform the piano concertos of Béla Bartók together with the orchestra’s principal conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste.
Quelle: Alpha Classics (Outhere Music)