Concert: Bartók, Inesa Sinkevych (Piano), Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert, Chicago Cultural Center, April 27

Wednesday, April 27, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Inesa Sinkevych, Piano

Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI/46 (12’)
I.   Allegro moderato
II.  Adagio
III. Finale: Presto
Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809)

Kinderszenen, Op. 15 (13’)
Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856)

Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20 (12’)
Béla Bartók (1881 – 1945)

Ukrainian-born Inesa Sinkevych has established herself as one of the leading pianists of her generation. Critics have praised her “very personal sound and rich cantabile” (Ritmo, Spain) and her “intense, structurally sophisticated and thrilling playing” (General-Anzeiger, Germany). She has performed in many countries as recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist, in venues such as the Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv, the Purcell  Room at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Minnesota Symphony Hall, the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, the Hong Kong City Hall and the Great Hall of the Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon.

She has performed as soloist with the Israel Philharmonic, the Minnesota Symphony,  the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic of Spain, the Porto Symphony of Portugal, and the Tenerife Symphony of the Canary Islands, among others. She has also been featured in numerous international summer festivals in France, mainland Spain and the Canary Islands.

Ms. Sinkevych was a prize winner at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition in Israel, the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona (First Prize), the Vianna da Motta and the Porto international competitions in Portugal, the Cidade del Ferrol, Spanish Composers Competition and the Premio Jaén (First Prize) in Spain, the Casagrande International Competition in Italy, the Panama International Competition and the YAMAHA Piano-e-Competition in Minnesota, U.S.A.

Ms. Sinkevych began her piano studies at the Kharkov Conservatory in her native country with Victor Makarov, later studying with  Alexander Volkov at the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv.  In Israel she was awarded a scholarship by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation which enabled her to continue her studies with Solomon Mikowsky in the United States, first at the Chicago College of Performing Arts (MM degree), and later at the Manhattan School of Music, where she is currently completing her DMA degree.

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