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Anastasia Rizikov

Biography

Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is a remarkably poised and precocious seventeen year old who is already showing signs of being “one to watch”. At age seven, she made her orchestral debut, and has since appeared as soloist with major orchestras of North America and Europe. In 2015 alone, Ms. Rizikov won first places at the Jaén International Piano Competition and the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, recorded a CD with NAXOS, and performed at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.

Since placing first at The Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition in Kiev, Ukraine (where she also received a special award for Best Artistic Performance) and first sharing the stage with orchestra playing Polunin's Concertino in A minor with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura at age seven, Anastasia stepped on to the international competition circuit, winning many awards in the process. Resolving to compete in adult competitions since the age of twelve, Anastasia won first places over musicians twice her age in the following competitions: the Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, along with prizes for best compulsory work by E. Pozzoli, and audience prize (Seregno, Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, as well as taking all three additional prizes- for the best interpretation of Spanish music, for the best interpretation of the compulsory work, and the audience prize"(Jaén, Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Piano Competition (Gorizia, Italy, 2013); George Gershwin International Music Competition (Brooklyn, NY, 2013); as well as Rotary International Piano Competition (Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2011), where she became the youngest person to compete and win in their history.

In 2015, Ms. Rizikov played Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor twice with the Granada Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Paul Mann in Granada and Jaén, Spain, and in 2014, tackled one of the most technically challenging piano concertos – Rachmaninoff No. 3 in D minor with Laval Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with conductor Alain Trudel in Quebec. With over 30 orchestral performances and 20 concerti in her repertoire, Anastasia has already played with such major orchestras as Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, International Symphony Orchestra, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra, and Sinfonia Toronto, and has worked with such conductors as Peter Oundjian, Shalom Bard, Bernhard Gueller, Alain Trudel, Boris Brott, Ovidiu Balan, and Salvador Brotons,  to name a few.

Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her to Asia, all over Europe - Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, Poland, Ukraine, Russia - the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious halls and spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Koerner Hall, Fazioli Hall, Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Hong Kong City Hall, and the Kremlin. In 2015, Ms. Rizikov performed in major international music festivals like the Orford Music Festival, and the Verbier Music Festival. In the fall of 2013, Anastasia gave 20 performances over two weeks throughout all the Atlantic provinces of Canada as winner of the prestigious Debut Atlantic Award.

Anastasia Rizikov studies with award-winning professor Maia Spis, teacher at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto. Since beginning her studies at the age of five, she has shown unparalleled dedication to both practice and performance. Ms. Rizikov has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, Ferenc Rados, Anatoly Ryabov, Oxana Yablonskaya, and has worked with András Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Olga Kern. 

In December, 2012, in honor of Glenn Gould's 80th Anniversary Year and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, The Glenn Gould Foundation has provided a C1X Yamaha baby grand piano Anastasia. She has the piano on an indefinite loan-basis to aid in her artistic and career development.

Adept in English, Russian, Ukrainian (and working towards mastering her French), Anastasia has given interviews for many major newspapers as well as live television shows. She is fanatic about literature - reading being “an escape from reality and entrance to a very different world, where my imagination goes wild”, and is enthusiastic about art. Being a person who loves and understands her audience, she dreams of being able to share her unique musical voice with the entire world.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

  • 2002 – present         Nadia Music Academy, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2002 – 2010             Maryvale Public School, Toronto, ON, Canada
  • 2010 – 2016             Independent Learning Center (ILC)

Principal teacher:

  • Award-winning Master of Music Mrs. Maia Spis (no previous teachers)

Master Classes:

  • Anatoly Ryabov (Professor of the Central Music School of the Conservatory of Moscow, 2008)
  • Oxana Yablonskaya (Professor of The Juilliard School of Music in New York City, USA, 2008)
  • Sergei Babayan (Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music, OH, USA, 2013)
  • Arie Vardi (Professor at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music in Tel Aviv and at the Hochschule für Musik in Hanover, 2015)
  • Robert Levin (Professor at the Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, 2015)
  • Ferenc Rados (Professor at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, 2015)

Informal workshops:

  • Olga Kern (Accomplished Pianist, Gold Medal winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, November, 2010)

Diplomas:

  • The  Royal Conservatory of Music Diploma   (Toronto, Canada, 2011)

Competitions:

  • XXIXth  Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (32 and under) - 1st Prize, “Special Prize to the youngest semi-finalist”, “Special Prize to the best performance of the Pozzoli studies”, and “Special Audience Price to the finalist chosen by the public during the final” (Seregno, Italy, 2015)
  • 57th Jaén International Piano Competition - 1st place, "ROSA SABATER" PRIZE the best interpretation of Spanish music, "CONTEMPORARY MUSIC" PRIZE for the best interpretation of the compulsory work, and "AUDIENCE PRIZE" (Jaén, Spain, 2015)
  • XXVth Epinal International Piano Competition (Contemporary Music Prize of the SACEM, Epinal, France, 2015)
  • G. Gershwin International Brooklyn Competition (Grand Prix Prize, (in the Senior Performers category – under the age of 35), Brooklyn, NY, 2013)
  • 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (1st place (in the “35 and under” age category), Gorizia, Italy, 2013)
  • OSM Standard Life Competition 2012, (3rd place, Junior Division, Montreal, QC, 2012)
  • II International Piano Competition Halina Czerny-Stefańska in memoriam, Rector's of the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music Diploma "In Accolade of Talent" (Poznan, Poland, 2011)
  • XVIIIth Concurso International de Piano Rotary (1st place, Senior Division (up to 28 years), Palma de Mallorca, Spain, May, 2011
  • 8th & 5th Thousand Islands Chopin International Piano Competition for Young People(1st place, 2010, Junior Division & 2nd place, 2007, Junior Division, Cape Vincent, NY)
  • American Protégé 2010 International Piano and Strings Competition(1st place, New York, NY)
  • The Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition (1st place, 2010, Junior Division, (Toronto, ON)
  • Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition(1st place, New York, 2009)
  • Provincial Finals Competitions (Honourable Mention – Piano, Grade 10, 2007, London, ON)
  • Canadian Music Competition (CMC), (1st place, 2007, Sherbrooke, QC)
  • Toronto Music Competition (1st place, 2006 & 2007, Toronto, ON)
  • VIIth International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz (1st place, “Horowitz-debut” group, 2006, Kiev, Ukraine)

Festivals:

  • Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival (Amelia Island, FL, USA, May, 2016)
  • Verbier Music Festival (Switzerland, August, 2015)
  • Orford Music Festival (Orford, QC, Canada, 2015)
  • Brott Music Festival (Hamilton, ON, Canada, 2012)
  • Canadian Chopin Festival,  Solo Concerts (Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • NYCO Music Festival (1st place, 2009, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Vth International Festival “Moscow Meets Friends”, organized by Vladimir Spivakov’s International Charity Foundation (Moscow, Russia, 2008)
  • Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto (1st place 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010; 2nd place, 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Ukrainian Music Festival (1st place, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Markham Music Festival (1st place, 2006, 2007, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Yips Music Festival (1st place, 2006, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Peel Music Festival (1st place, 2005, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Davenport Music Festival (1st place, 2005, Toronto, ON, Canada)

Scholarships and awards:

  • C1X Yamaha baby grand piano was provided to the outstanding young pianist Anastasia Rizikov as an indefinite loan to aid in her artistic and career development by The Glenn Gould Foundation (Toronto, ON, December, 2012)
  • “2013 Debut Atlantic" concert tour (June, 2012)
  • Most Promising Student Award (Kiwanis Music Festival of greater Toronto, Senior Division, 2010, Toronto, ON)
  • Royal Conservatory of Music Scholarship (2007, Toronto, ON)
  • Special Award for Best Artistic Performance, Special Prize from Bechstein Company and Special Award from Jury (VII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, 2006, Kiev, Ukraine)

Performance experiences:

  • Numerous solo concerts in major US and Canadian cities through 2007-2016
  • Classical 96.3 FM Live-to-Air Performances (Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008, 2010 & 2012, 2015, 2016)
  • W. A. Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major with Niagara Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bradley Thachuk (St. Catharines, Ridley College, ON, Canada, June, 2016)
  • L. V. Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major with HKMA orchestra conducted by Isaak Ng (Hong Kong City Hall, Hong Kong, June, 2016)
  • G. Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue with Motor City Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nan Washburn, (Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, MI, USA, April, 2016)
  • Concert tour with the successful performance in Fazioli Hall, Italy, March, 2016
  • Concert tour, Spain, October, 2015
  • F. Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 with Philharmonic Orchestra "Ettore Pozzoli" of Seregno, conducted by Ovidiu Balan (Teatro San Rocco, Seregno, Italy, September, 2015)
  • F. Chopin - two performances of Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 with Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, conducted by Paul Mann (Teatro Infanta Leonor, Jaén, Spain, April 19, 2015, and Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Granada, Spain, April 20, 2015)
  • F. Chopin – two performances of Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11, with Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Nurhan Arman (Brockville Arts Center, Brockville, ON, December 11, 2014 and Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada, December 12, 2014)
  • S. Rachmaninoff, Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 (United Presbyterian Church,  Binghamton, NY, USA, November, 2014)
  • S. Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto #3 in D minor, Op. 30 with Laval Symphony Orchestra (L’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval) conducted by Alain Trudel (Salle André-Mathieu, Laval, QC, Canada, September, 2014)
  • L. V. Beethoven, Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Chorus, and Orchestra, Op. 80, conducted by Dina Gilbert (Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC, Canada, June, 2014)
  • L. V. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major with Northumberland Orchestra conducted by John Kraus (Trinity United Church, Cobourg, ON, Canada, May, 2014)
  • L. V. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major with Symphony Nova Scotia conducted by Bernhard Gueller (Rebecca Cohn Auditorium, Halifax, NS, Canada, February, 2014)
  • E. Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 with Orchestra London Canada conducted by Alain Trudel (Centennial Hall, London, ON, Canada, January, 2014)
  • 2 performances of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major with ISO - International Symphony Orchestra conducted by Douglas A. Bianchi (Imperial Theater, Sarnia, Ontario & PH Northern Performing Arts Centre, Port Huron, MI, USA, , October, 2013)
  • 2,5 week long Debut Atlantic concert tour along Canada’s Atlantic coast: 11 solo concerts and 5 educational solo recitals in public schools (Prince Edward Iceland, Newfoundland and Labrador,  New Brunswick, NS, Canada, September 13 - October 1, 2013)
  • M. Ravel, Piano Concerto in G Major with MPO - Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nan Washburn, (First United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MI, USA, February, 2013)
  • S. Rachmaninoff - Paganini Variation #18 with TSO - Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Shalom Bard (Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada, January, 2013)
  • F. Chopin,  Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 with Sinfonia Toronto conducted by Berislav Skenderović, (Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto, ON, Canada, November, 2012)
  • E. Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 with National Academy Orchestra (NAO) conducted by Boris Brott (St. Christopher's Anglican Church, Burlington, ON, Canada, June, 2012)
  • E. Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 with Baleares Symphony Orchestra conducted by Salvador Brotons (Royal Palace of La Almudaina, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, June, 2012)
  • Schubert's Piano Quintet in A Major ("Trout"), D. 667 with the novo4tet (First Presbyterian Church, Binghamton, NY, USA, September,  2011)
  • 2 performances of Kabalevsky's Piano Concerto No. 3 op. 50 (Youth) with ISO - International Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Debbaut (Imperial Theater, Sarnia, ON & McMorran Place, Port Huron, MI, USA, February, 2011)
  • L. V. Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major with Toronto Sinfonietta conducted by Matthew Jaskiewicz (Calvin Presbyterian Church, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2010)
  • F. Chopin, Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 with the PSO - Plymouth Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nan Washburn (First United Methodist Church, Plymouth, MI, USA, 2010)
  • Gala Concert of winners of The Third Canadian Chopin Piano Competition (Koerner Hall, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2010)
  • Gala Concert of winners of American Protégé 2010 International Piano and Strings Competition (Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA, 2010)
  • F. Chopin, Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 with a select professional quartet conducted by Steinway Artist John Covelli (Phelps Mansion, Binghamton, NY, USA, 2009)
  • F. Chopin, Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21 with the Northwest Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Holian (Wright College Theater, Chicago, Il, USA, 2009)
  • Gala Concert of winners of Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (Carnegie Hall, New York, NY, USA, 2009)
  • V International Festival “Moscow Meets Friends”, organized by Vladimir Spivakov’s International Charity Foundation (Kremlin, Moscow, Russia, 2008)
  •  “Young Stars of the Young Century” 4th Gala Concert organized by Vladimir Spivakov’s Charity Foundation, (Toronto Centre for the Arts, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2008)
  • Y. Polunin, Concertino in A minor with National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura (Concert Hall of National Philharmonic, Kiev, Ukraine, 2006)
 

 

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