Eduard Kiprsky

Pianist, composer

Eduard Kiprsky was born in Leningrad in 1986. Studied at the Glinka Choral School and the Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Conservatory (piano class of Marina Wolf). Graduated from the St Petersburg Conservatory and completed a postgraduate study in piano (class of Alexander Sandler); is currently continuing his studies at the conservatory's faculty of composition (class of Grigory Korchmar). Completed a Master's degree and attained the highest grade of Artistic Excellence at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (Germany, class of Boris Bloch).

Prize-winner at the Stefan Seiler International Piano Competition (Rhodes, 2004, 3rd prize), the Sergei Prokofiev International Competition (Almaty, 2004, 3rd prize), the Köhler-Osbar International Competition (Duisburg, 2009, 1st prize) and the Steinway Competition (Düsseldorf, 2012, 1st prize). Recipient of the György Cziffra Prize (Vienna, 2007). Winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition – Mario Zanfi Prize (Parma, 2015). Prize-winner at the competition and festival Three Centuries of Classical Romance (St Petersburg, 2008, 2nd prize in the category of vocal and piano duets and 1st prize in the category of composition "For the best romance to verse by poets of the Silver Age"). Winner of the composition competition Der Rhein im Dreiklang (Germany, 2014), and in 2014 at the Elena Obraztsova International Opera Singers' Competition he also received an award "For the best performance of the opera repertoire and skill as an accompanist". Prize-winner at the Cyprus International Competition in the category "Composition" (2020, 1st prize and Special Award for best vocal works). Prize-winner at the VII International Composition Competition in Memory of Alfred Schnittke and Sviatoslav Richter (Sochi, 2021, 3rd prize in the category "String quartet").

Has presented recitals at Vienna's Musikverein, Zurich's Tonhalle, the Funkhaus and Kunsthistorisches Museum (Vienna), the Mercatorhalle (Duisburg), the Zollverein Halle and the Colosseum Theater (Essen), the Philharmonie Essen, the Theater Duisburg, the Vereeniging Hall (Nijmegen), the Musis Sacrum concert hall (Arnhem) and the Teatro Verdi in Bussetto.

Has collaborated with Martin Haselböck, Martin Sieghart, Thierry Escaich, Mario Brunello, Simon Estes, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Elena Pankratova, Christian Knapp and Alexander Sladkovsky. The pianist's concerts have been broadcast by the TV stations Ö1 in Austria and TV Parma in Italy. Has appeared live on-air on WDR radio in Cologne. In 2017 he released an album featuring works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. In 2020 his Spring Rhapsody for harp was recorded by the Russian Harp Society as part of the project Harp of Russia.

Has produced numerous vocal and chamber instrumental works, transcriptions for piano and opuses for chamber and symphony orchestras.

Member of the ÖGZM union of composers of contemporary music in Vienna. Member of the Russian Harp Society. Teaches at the Glinka Choral School. Soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra since 2018.

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