Twenty year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov has dazzled the international arena as a child prodigy since she was seven, competing with musicians over twice her age, and winning numerous International piano competitions, placing first in the following: Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition, (Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition, (Spain, 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (Italy, 2013); and the Rotary International Piano Competition (Spain, 2011), among many others. She won first place at American Protégé 2010 International Piano and Strings Competition and performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall. In 2012 Anastasia was awarded the prestigious 2013 “Debut Atlantic” concert tour, a 2,5 weeks long tour along the Canadian Atlantic coast that was held in September, 2013.
Since her orchestral debut in Kiev, Ukraine, at the age of seven, she had over 40 orchestral performances internationally and has worked with many great conductors and musicians, such as Peter Oundjian, Emmanuel Ax, and Bernhard Gueller. Ms. Rizikov also has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Vladimir Feltsman, Awadagin Pratt, Arie Vardi, Robert Levin, Ferenc Rados, Anatoly Ryabov, Oxana Yablonskaya, and has worked with András Schiff, Menahem Pressler, Gabor Takács-Nagy, and Olga Kern.
Anastasia’s concert schedules have taken her to Asia, all over Europe and North America, where she has performed in many famous concert halls and venues, as well as in numerous prestigious music festivals nationally and internationally, including the Orford Music Festival and the Verbier Music Festival. She recorded her CD “”Piano Recital” Laureate Series with NAXOS records, released on December 2, 2016.
In December, 2012, in honour of Glenn Gould’s 80th Anniversary Year and his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, The Glenn Gould Foundation has provided a C1X Yamaha baby grand piano to the “outstanding young pianist Anastasia Rizikov. Ms. Rizikov has the piano on an indefinite loan-basis to aid in her artistic and career development.”
Ms Rizikov graduated the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with top honours obtaining a Concert Artist Diploma under Professor Marian Rybicki, while continuing studies with her life-long teacher in Toronto, Maia Spis.
Anastasia had given interviews to and performed at Canadian Jazz FM 91 and Classical 96.3 FM radio stations, CBC Television news and CBC Radio, Rogers TV, Global Montreal TV, Russian MIX TV (City TV), the Ukrainian TV programs Svitohliad and Kontakt, the Toronto Star newspaper, the Wholenote magazine, and the American WSKG-FM, WSKG-TV channels.
This fall, she will tour the Northwest Territories as part of the PianoSix organization, aiming to bring world-class pianists to thousands of Canadians in remote communities, to inspire future generations of musicians and fans.
Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, English, and mastering her French, Anastasia also enjoys culinary arts, Russian literature, and loves spending time with her 3-year old sister, Diana.
F. Chopin- Mazurkas, Op. 30
– Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op.54
– Sonata No. 3 in B minor, Op. 58
A. Scriabin- 2 Poemes, Op. 32
– No. 6 in E-flat major, Op. 23
– No. 5 in G minor, Op. 23
– No. 10 in B minor, Op. 32
– No. 12 in G-sharp, Op. 32
M. Glinka/M. Balakirev- The Lark
M. Balakirev- The Spinner – Islamey
The tickets here ($30, $10 for students)
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