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- Tue Dec 01 2015 7:30 PM
Yulianna Avdeeva rose to fame when she won first prize in the Chopin Competition in 2010. She has since embarked on a world-class career and her artistic integrity is rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive artists of her generation. Yulianna Avdeeva’s Chopin performances have drawn particular praise, marking her as one of the composer’s foremost interpreters. Making her Seattle debut at Meany Hall, the Russian pianist is a young force in the world of classical music. Says The Guardian, “Her pacing is born of intelligent feeling and clarity of thought, and her ability to finesse Chopin’s inner voices puts many to shame.”
Program:Chopin:Nocturne in C-sharp Minor Op. posth.Nocturne in E-flat Major Op. 55, No. 2 Fantasie in F Minor Op. 49 Four Mazurkas Op. 17 Polonaise in F-sharp Minor Op. 44Prokofiev:Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84
Yulianna Avdeeva rose to fame when she won First Prize in the Chopin Competition in 2010. She has since embarked on a world-class career and her artistic integrity is rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive artists of her generation.
A regular performer throughout Asia, in autumn 2014 Avdeeva undertakes an extensive tour of Japan, featuring concerto performances with the NHK Symphony and Osaka Philharmonic orchestras. This is followed by a major recital tour and the Toshiba Grand Concert Tour with Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse/Tugan Sokhiev. She also appears with the RundfunkSinfonieorchester Berlin/Marek Janowski, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra/Manfred Honeck and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Kirill Karabits.
Recent orchestral highlights have included performances with Finnish Radio Symphony, London Philharmonic and Pittsburgh Symphony orchestras and the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. She also toured Spain and Italy with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and Vladimir Fedoseyev and undertook an acclaimed tour of the USA with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit.
Yulianna Avdeeva's Chopin performances have drawn particular praise, marking her out as one of the composer's foremost interpreters. She is known for performing on period instruments, having played Chopin’s Piano Concertos on an Erard piano at the Festival ‘Chopin and his Europe’ with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century conducted by the late Frans Brüggen. With the latter ensemble she released a recording of these concertos on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute label to great critical acclaim. Her long association with the Institute has won her a huge following in Poland. Avdeeva’s most recent recital recording featuring works by Chopin, Schubert and Prokofiev was released on Mirare in August 2014.
In recital, Avdeeva has performed at London’s International Piano Series, Rheingau Musik Festival, Barcelona’s Palau de la Música Catalana, Liederhalle Stuttgart, Philharmonie Essen, Salle Gaveau Paris, Schwetzinger Festspiele and La Roque d'Anthéron Festival. An active and committed chamber musician, she has worked with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom she collaborated at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven in December 2012. This season, an extensive recital tour with violinist Julia Fischer takes her to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Paris, Grand Théâtre de Provence, Auditorium de Lyon, the Menuhin Festival Gstaad and the Bratislava Music Festival, amongst others.
Yulianna Avdeeva began her piano studies at the age of five with Elena Ivanova at Moscow’s Gnessin Special School of Music and later studied with Konstantin Scherbakov and with Vladimir Tropp. At the International Piano Academy Lake Como, she was taught among others by William Grant Naboré, Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts’ong. In addition to her Chopin prize, she has won several other prizes including the Bremen Piano Contest in 2003, the Concours de Genève 2006 and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Poland.