Anna Vinnitskaya, pianist
Prokofiev & Ravel: Piano Concertos
- Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16
- Piano Concerto in G major
Performed with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gilbert Varga conducting
It is one of my great pleasures to hear more and more outstanding young artists! And Anna Vinnitskaya is certainly headed for a world-wide career. Her interpretations are mature, sincere, technically accomplished and often quite moving.
Anna Vinnitskaya was born in 1983 in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. She began piano lessons at the age of six with her mother, and played her first solo recital at the age of nine. She has won several international awards, most notably first prize at the Queen Elizabeth International Music Competition in Brussels in 2007, and the Leonard Bernstein Award at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in 2008.
Following a much-praised first recording dedicated to the Russian piano sonata, the second release by Anna Vinnitskaya is of two of the most significant concertos of the 20th century: these are Prokofiev’s Second concerto, and Ravel’s Concerto in G Major.
Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor was written in 1913 and revised in 1923, and this version remains one of the most technically challenging works in the standard piano repertoire. Maurice Ravel finished his Piano Concerto in G Major in 1931. The concerto is heavily influenced by jazz, which at the time was highly popular in Paris as well as the USA.
Here is Anna Vinnitskaya in QUASI UNA FANTASIA from the Sonata #13, Opus 27/1 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Listen to how an artist such as Ms. Vinnitskaya can communicate the composer’s heart-felt emotion! What an amazing artist!
And here she is, playing the Prokofiev:
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