Last year she won 1st prize, the audience prize and the Mozart Prize at the Géza Anda Competition in Zurich, and her Mozart playing is indeed characterised by a highly tasteful, lively sense of articulation, copious subtle shades of colour and above all a lovely understanding for the inner life of this music...
Neue Zürcher Zeitung
Varvara displayed grandiose colouristic riches in the Romeo and Juliet Suite Op. 75 by Prokofiev that crowned her programme. She never let it turn into a sensationalist parade of individual numbers, instead allowing us to experience it as a seamless, thrilling narration at the piano.
But without the wonderful little Mozartian farewell by this sympathetically modest Russian, we would have missed an important little piece of the jigsaw on this morning in Schwetzingen.
In addition to all her stage presence, Varvara’s greatness lies in her modesty, paired as it is with a brilliant technique and an exemplary “full body” approach to her pianistic touch. Her playing is always mellow and flexible, and incredibly smooth even in her fortissimo... When Varvara plays, you hear new lines of melody, new emphases and new connections. Music of this quality becomes an epiphany, an emotional roller-coaster into which Varvara entices her audience – in her own modest, wonderful, brilliant way.
Varvara Nepomnyashchaya was born in Moscow in 1983. After studying for eleven years with Lidia Grigorieva at the Russian Gnessins’ Academy of Music, she was accepted as a student in the class of Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. During her studies at the Moscow Conservatoire, she undertook an intensive study of chamber music under Alexander Bonduryansky. Varvara Nepomnyashchaya received valuable artistic encouragement from renowned piano teachers and pianists such as Vladimir Krainev, Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Dmitri Bashkirov and Andrzej Jasiński. From 2011 to 2013 she continued her studies with Evgeni Koroliov at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Varvara Nepomnyashchaya won numerous prizes and scholarships at an early age, such as 2nd prize at the Johann Sebastian Bach Competition in Leipzig in 2006, 2nd prize at the Nagoya Piano Competition in 2008, 3rd prize at the Bremen Piano Competition in 2009, 3rd prize at the Svetislav Stančić Competition in Zagreb in 2011 and 3rd prize at the LXIII Prague Spring Competition in 2011.
In 2012 she won 1st prize at the XII Géza Anda Competition in Zurich.
The jury also awarded her the Mozart Prize. She received the Géza Anda Audience Prize for her performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, accompanied by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman.
For several years, Varvara Nepomnyashchaya has been performing at home and abroad as a soloist with various chamber ensembles and symphony orchestras. Numerous concert engagements have already taken her to Russia, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Austria, Japan and Switzerland. She has been a guest at such prestigious festivals as the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Montreux Septembre Musical, the Gstaad Menuhin Festival, the Lucerne Piano Festival, St Petersburg’s Musical Olympus, the Budapest Spring Festival.
From 2011 to 2013 she was a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.
Discography includes recordings of works by Beethoven and Schumann (2013) and keyboard suites by Handel (Discamera, 2015). January 2017 saw the release of a new disc by the pianist featuring works by Mozart (Discamera). Engagements for the current season include recitals in Murom, Macao (China), Wuppertal (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain).