Alina Smirnova Online Piano Recital
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Beethoven. Piano Sonata no.28 in A major op.101
Cézar Franck. Prelude, choral and fugue
Described as “thrilling” and “with great verve” in the German newspapers Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung and Wiesbadener Kurier, Russian pianist Alina Smirnova is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of today’s most versatile young artists.
At age twelve, Smirnova made her solo recital debut in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and, a year later, her orchestral debut there in Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto. Since then, she has become a laureate of numerous national and international competitions and recipient of grants including the Jacob Flier International Piano Competition, II Tallinn International Piano Competition, the Heinrich Neuhaus Competition, Muses of the World Competition, the Vladimir Spivakov Fund Scholarship, and grant of the Prefect of the Moscow Central District.
Smirnova concertizes extensively both in Russia and abroad (Germany, the USA, France, Japan, Estonia, among others) as a solo recitalist, chamber musician, and with orchestra. The latter have included the Kremlin Orchestra, the Concert Symphony Orchestra of the Moscow Conservatory, the Kaluga Youth Symphony Orchestra, “Musica Viva” Chamber Orchestra and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Estonia. Her immense repertoire and experience have also brought her into great demand as a chamber music partner in both the instrumental and vocal genres. Smirnova has not only performed and recorded in Moscow’s main concert halls the established staples of the repertoire, such as the complete Winterreise, both of Brahms’s cello sonatas, Rachmaninoff’s Moments Musicaux, Etudes-tableaux, and complete two-piano works, but also is passionate in her exploration of lesser-known and rarely-performed compositions. These include Schumann’s Kerner-Lieder (Russian premiere), Smirnova’s own transcription of Bach’s C minor Passacaglia and Fugue, and her own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for two pianos and percussion.
Smirnova’s playing has been broadcast on both Russian and Estonian radio (Radio Orpheus, Radio of Russia, Estonian National Radio). Alina’s solo and chamber recital activities have brought her to some of world’s most renowned concert stages, such as the Bolshoi Theatre, the Galina Vishnevskaya Opera Centre, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and Schloss Johannisberg in Germany.
A native Muscovite, Alina completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Moscow Conservatory with honors. She is currently on the faculty of the Moscow Conservatory as a collaborative
pianist and teacher.