Today — for the first time – I listened to Valentina Igoshina perform some music by Frederic Chopin. As you know this is the Chopin anniversary year, so I have a choice of hearing a huge array of performing artists. Wow! I was stunned! Here is a terrific, sensitive, lyrical pianist, with every fiber of her being living and breathing Chopin!
Valentina Igoshina began studying the piano with her mother, and she first took lessons at home at the age of four. At the age of twelve she studied piano under Sergei Dorensky and Larissa Dedova at the Moscow Conservatory. In 1993, at age 14, she won first prize at the Rubinstein Young Pianist Competition in Poland. In 1997, at age 18, she won first prize at the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow.
Later, Igoshina served as a teacher of piano at the Peter Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Between recitals and concerts, she currently divides her time between Moscow and Paris.
Ms. Igoshina plays Chopin’s music delicately and beautifully, and she has the ability to create drama and poetry in an unhurried, uncomplicated manner. I, for one, will do a lot more listening to her…
Listen now to 2 minutes of the way Ms. Igoshina talks about her own background:
And now, this is Valentina Igoshina playing Chopin’s Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48, No. 1; Enjoy it!