A regular ensemble partner with such musicians as Nadja Michael and Kristof Barati, the Russian pianist Zarina Shimanskaya has performed across Russia, Europe and Asia in solo, orchestra and chamber music concerts. Amongst others, her appearances include engagements in Wigmore Hall, Mozarteum, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Mariinsky Concert Hall, Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Radial System Berlin, Juedisches Kulturzentrum in Munich, Klavier Festival at Brucknerhaus in Linz, Diaghilev Festival in Perm and Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg. Miss Shimanskaya has collaborated with orchestras under the batons of Ravil Martynov, Pavel Gribanov, Vasiliy Valitov and Teodor Currentzis.
Her repertoire reflects her many interests in exploring and interpreting the world's music literature and ranges from Tchaikovsky's piano concerto No 1 and Mozart's d-minor concerto to works by Frank Martin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Alfred Schnittke and Rodion Shchedrin. Educated both in Russian and European pianistic traditions, she continues to perfect her craft in master-classes with such artists as Arie Vardi, Alexei Lubimov, Leonid Brumberg, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Toradze and Leonidas Kavakos.
As a child, with dreams of becoming a composer, Zarina Shimanskaya attended a music school for outstandingly gifted children in her native city of St Petersburg, gaining special recognitions from St Petersburg Philharmonia Society and making her debut at the legendary Leningrad Philharmonia Hall at the age of eleven. Zarina Shimanskaya is a prize winner and a special prize winner for her performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's music at the 2nd international piano competition Virtuosi of the XXI century (Moscow, 1999) as well as a prize winner of the 5th Giuseppe Terracciano International Piano Competition (Giffoni Sei Casali, 2009).
In 2016-2017 concert season Zarina Shimanskaya will return to Diaghilev Festival as well as to the Stars of the White Nights festival, presenting two recital programs with Kristof Barati and Istvan Vardai. Special highlights of the season include an all Chopin recital in Salon Christophori in Berlin, as well as her debut at the Kaposfest chamber music celebration in Kaposvar (Hungary), liederabend with Nadja Michael at Bruckner Festival and a signature concert Zarina Shimanskaya and Friends in Landhaus in Linz (Austria).