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Anna Fedorova is one of the world’s premier young pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna’s signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”
At over 20 million views, Anna’s live recording of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto in the Royal Concertgebouw has become the most watched classical concerto on Youtube and is highly praised by many renown musicians. Being the face of the Sunday morning series in season ’17/18, she returns there annually to perform with orchestras with live streaming on the dutch classical music channel, AvroTros.
Anna has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Theatre des Champs Elysees in Paris, the Zurich Tonhalle, The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Mexico), the Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Cadogan Hall (London), Vancouver Playhouse, Louis Vuitton Series in Paris, the Warsaw Filharmonia, the Gdansk Philharmonic, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon and many others. She has also appeared at numerous Music Festivals such as the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), Annecy Classic Festival (France), Menuhin Festival Gstaad (Switzerland), Ravinia Festival (USA), Absolute Classics festival in Scotland, the IKIF (New York, USA), Violon sur le sable (France), the Rubinstein Piano Festival (Lodz, Poland), the International Piano Festival in Trieste (Italy), the Orpheum Music Festival (Zurich, Switzerland), Musikdorf Ernen (Switzerland), The Corfu Festival of Arts (Greece), the Chopin Festival in Antonin (Poland), International Chamber Music Festival Koblenz (Germany) and others.
Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she has been performing with orchestras around the world, among which are The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Lamoureux, the Orquestra Filarmonica de Buenos Aires (Argentina), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland), the Residentie Orkest and the Camerata Amsterdam (Netherlands), the Tokyo New City Orchestra (Japan), the Philarmonia of the Nations and the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany), the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Mexico, the Xalapa Symphony Orchestra and the OFUNAM (Mexico), the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Polish Camerata and many others. Conductors with whom Anna has had the pleasure of performing with include Jaap Van Zweden, Olari Elts, Jun Markl, Alun Francis, Andrew Grams, Howard Griffiths, Gerard Oskamp, Justus Franz, Kevin Griffiths, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Jerome Pillement, Shinik Hahm, Alejo Perez, Martin Panteleev, David Lockington and many others.
Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein ‘In Memoriam’ piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). Anna graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music under the guidance of Norma Fischer. She also studied at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy with Leonid Margarius, as well as the Lysenko School of Music in Kyiv with Borys Fedorov. She has also received mentorship from world renowned musicians such as Alfred Brendel, Menahem Pressler, Steven Isserlis and Andras Schiff.
In spring 2018 Anna signed with the Dutch record Channel Classic. The first Solo CD, “Four Fantasies” was released shortly thereafter to much critical acclaim. Anna’s first solo album of works by Brahms, Liszt and Chopin was released by the DiscAnnecy Label and the Rachmaninoff CD with Piano Classics. 2016 marked the release of 3 more albums – with Rachmaninoff 3rd piano Concerto and Mussorgsky “Pictures at an Exhibition”, and two duo CDs are – with german Cellist Benedict Kloeckner and works of Chopin and Frank, and with turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev and works by Russian composers. In 2018 In the 2015-2016 Anna was the artist in residence in Edesche Concert hall in Ede, Netherlands. The collaboration continued when in May 2017 she became the artistic director and co-founder of the International Chamber Music Festival, Ede.
Highlights of Anna’s future engagements include performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, St. Gallen Symphony Orchestra and many others. She will perform in such prestigious concert halls as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Boston Symphony Hall, Royal Festival Hall in London, the Seoul Arts Center and many others.
Jaroslaw Drzewiecki – graduated with distinction from the Academy of Music in Poznan, where he had studied under Andrzej Tatarski. He also completed a post-degree piano programme with Jerzy Sulikowski at the Academy of Music in Warsaw. In the years 1986-1988 he was a teaching assistant to Victor Merzhanov at the Peter Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in Moscow. Since 1983 he has taught his own piano class at the Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz. In 2005 he was awarded the Order of the White Star, the highest decoration bestowed on Estonian citizens and foreigners by the President of the Republic of Estonia. In 2010 he was presented with the honorary title of the Wawer Resident of the Year by the ’Initiative for Wawer’ Association. In 2013, on the initiative of the Senate and Rector of the National Academy of Music in Lviv, he received the Academy honoris causa degree.
He is the originator of the following Warsaw-based events: the Wawer Music Festival, the International Master Competition for Music Teachers and the Polish and European Festivals for Music Academies. He is also a co-organizer of the International Competition for Young Virtuo”sos under 13 Years of Age, the Master Piano Teaching School and the 14th “Bieszczady without boundaries” Piano Forum in Sanok.
Jaroslaw Drzewiecki is the winner of a number of national and international music competitions, such as the Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition in Bolzano (Italy), the Marsala International Piano Competition in Sicily (Italy, the 1st Prize) or the International Piano Competition in Porto (Portugal, the Grand Prix award and four special awards). In 1992 he received the Estelle Zwick Prize “Pretoria 92” for the best rendition of Fryderyk Chopin’s works.
He has extensively recorded for radio and television in Poland, Portugal, the Republic of South Africa, Russia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Italy. He has recorded works by C. Seixas, L. van Beethoven, F. Chopin, J. Brahms, K. Szymanowski and I. J. Paderewski for the Polskie Nagrania (Polish Records) Company and Polish Radio. For the Japanese recording companies, Pony Canyon Classic and IMC-Tokyo, he has recorded Chopin’s rondos, variations, 16 polonaises and 27 etudes. Along with Adam Harasiewicz, he is the first Polish pianist to have recorded a CD album featuring the complete collection of etudes by Chopin.
He has made several tours in Portugal, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Canada and the Republic of South Africa. He has performed at international music festivals, such as those in Yokohama in Japan, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Gaming and Vienna in Austria, Cape Town in the RSA, or Antonin, Slupsk and Duszniki Zdruj in Poland. In 1995 he had his debut at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (Holland). He also performed as a duo with his late wife and great pianist, Tatiana Shebanova.
He has taught piano masterclasses in Poland, Portugal (Porto), Russia (the Peter Tchaikovsky State Music Conservatory and the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow), Slovakia (the Academy of Arts in Banska Bystrica), Lithuania (the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius), and Ukraine (the National Mykola Lysenko Academy of Music in Lviv). He frequently sits on juries for national and international piano competitions, among them those held in Portugal (Porto), Ukraine (Kiev, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Kirovohrad), Belarus (Homel), Lithuania (Palanga, Druskininkai), Estonia (Tallinn, Narva), Russia (Moscow/Ruza, Yekaterinburg), Denmark (Copenhagen), Slovakia (Banska Bystrica) and the Czech Republic (Prague).