This year marks the 75th anniversary of this unique New York concert series at The Frick Collection. The Frick has a long tradition of presenting musicians from around the world, many of them making their New York recital debuts. In fact, this broadcast season kicks off with Russian pianist Anna Vinnitskaya doing just that.
Originally from the city of Novorossiysk, a port city on the Black Sea, Vinnitskaya is from a family of pianists. She had her first piano lessons at the age of 6 from her mother. She gave her first public concert at the age of 18. Vinnitskaya studied in Russia and continued her studies at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater in Germany, where she now teaches.
Vinnitskaya has won several awards and competitions, including first prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2007. In 2009, she won the Leonard Bernstein Award of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany. She’s also won several awards for her recordings, including a Diapason d’Or Award for her most recent CD featuring the music of Maurice Ravel.
For her concert at the Frick Collection, Vinnitskaya chose works by Debussy, Prokofiev and Chopin.
On-air program details:
Frédéric Chopin: Ballade No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 2
Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 2 in D Minor, Op. 14 (encore)
Listen to the full concert, which includes the additional pieces listed below:
Ballade No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 23
Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Op. 38
Ballade No. 3 in A-flat Major, Op. 47