Eduard Kiprsky was born in Leningrad in 1986. He studied at the Glinka Choral College and Rostropovich Music School, then at the Special Music School of St Petersburg Conservatory (class of Marina Volf) later graduating from the Conservatory and completing a postgraduate study there (piano class of Alexander Sandler). He subsequently completed a master’s degree and the Artistic Excellence Program at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (class of Boris Bloch) and is currently studying at the St Petersburg Conservatory as composer (class of Grigory Korchmar).
Laureate of numerous international competitions including Seiler Competition on Rhodos, Greece (2004), Prokofiev Competition in Almaty, Kazakhstan (2004), Köhler-Osbahr Competition in Duisburg, Germany (2009), Steinway Competition in Düsseldorf, Germany (2012) and Franz Liszt Competition in Parma, Italy (2015).
In 2008 he was a prize-winner at the international vocal-piano duets competition Three Centuries of Classical Romance in St Petersburg where he was also awarded 1st prize as a composer for the best song on Silver Age poet’s verses. In 2014 he won the Der Rhein im Dreiklang composition competition in Germany and was awarded a diploma as best accompanist at the Elena Obraztsova International Young Opera Singers’ Competition.
Frequently tours to cities throughout Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Has given concerts in Luxembourg, Brussels and Vilnius, performing at the festivals including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the International Piano Festival and Palaces of St Petersburg in Russia, Notti Musicali Modenese in Italy, Größer Klaviermusik in Germany, Bistrampolio in Lithuania, Orpheum in Switzerland, the Liszt Festival in Raiding (Austria) and at the Manhattan School of Music’s International Academy of Music. Regularly appears at festivals run by the Georges Cziffra Foundation in Austria, in 2007 winning the Georges Cziffra Preis. In 2013 he made his debut with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 2014 he gave two performances at the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2015 he made his debut at the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg, and in 2017 took part in the Moscow Easter Festival.
Has collaborated with Martin Haselböck, Martin Sieghart, Thierry Escaich, Mario Brunello, Oliver Leo Schmidt, Simon Estes, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Elena Pankratova, Christian Knapp, Dmitry Longvin, Alexander Sladkovsky, Vera Arbuzova and Yulia Makhalina. The pianist’s concerts have been broadcast by Ö1 in Austria and TV Parma in Italy. Has performed live on WDR Radio in Cologne. In 2017 he released an album of works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky.
Has composed several song cycles and instrumental chamber music, piano transcriptions and works for chamber orchestra. In 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre came the premiere of his Adagio for harp and strings, subsequently performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra soloists at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2014 the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic hosted the first performance of Kiprsky’s Elegiac Concertino for harp and string quartet. In 2015 at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad came the premiere of his songs to verses by Hermann Hesse. Kiprsky’s song cycle Latin Triptych featured in a programme on Estonian TV. In summer 2016 at the International Music Festival in Mikkeli there came the premiere of Cleopatra’s Dream, a trio for flute, viola and harp, staged as ballet later in 2019. 2018 saw the world premiere of Mirages, variations for three harps, strings and percussion, as part of the Northern Lyre harp festival at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.
Member of the ÖGZM (Austrian Society for Contemporary Music) in Vienna. Since 2018 he has been soloist of the Mariinsky Orchestra.
In December 2019 at the Prokofiev Hall was the world premiere of the String Quartet (to the memory of Dmitry Shostakovich) performed by the Taneev Quartet and of the “folksy tale” Drowned (to the 220th anniversary of Pushkin’s birth).
For more information about the performer please visit: www.eduardkiprsky.com