Zarina Shimanskaya was born in Leningrad. At the age of seven she began to take piano lessons and study composition. At the age of eleven she received a grant from the Philharmonic Society of St Petersburg, allowing her to perform at the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonia, the Russian Museum and the Throne Room of the Grand Palace at Peterhof. Graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov St Petersburg State Conservatory (class of Nina Seryogina), also completing a postgraduate study at the conservatory (class of Sergei Uryvaev) and a master’s degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg (class of Yevgeny Korolyov).
Prize-winner at the Virtuosi of the 21st Century competition in Moscow (1999), the Giuseppe Terracciano International Piano Competition in Giffoni Sei Casali (Italy, 2009) and the IBLA Grand Prize competition in Ragusa (Italy, 2017).
Has taken part in masterclasses given by Arie Vardi, Alexei Lubimov, Leonid Brumberg, Stephen Kovacevich, Alexander Toradze and Leonidas Kavakos.
Tours throughout Russia and to countries in Europe and Asia as a soloist, with ensembles and with symphony orchestras. Has appeared at Wigmore Hall in London, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Concert Hall of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory and the Jewish Centre Munich as well as at the International Diaghilev Festival in Perm (Russia), the Piano Festival at the Brucknerhaus in Linz (Austria), the Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Stars of the White Nights festival and the Mariinsky International Piano Festival.
Has collaborated with the conductors Valery Gergiev, Ravil Martynov, Mischa Damev, Pyotr Gribanov, Vasily Valitov and Teodor Currentzis. Regularly performs alongside Nadja Michael, Kristóf Baráti and István Várdai.
Repertoire includes works from various eras and styles, ranging from piano concerti by Mozart and Tchaikovsky to opuses by Penderecki, Schnittke, Frank Martin and Shchedrin.
Information for May 2021