New York, NY 10025
Bloomingdale School of Music Presents
a Free Concert Featuring Pianist Anna Khanina
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm
New York, New York — Bloomingdale School of Music (BSM) is pleased to present pianist and faculty member Anna Khanina in a solo concert entitled Variations on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 pm. This free concert open to the community will be held at the school’s home site located at 323 West 108th Street in Manhattan. Seating is limited.
BSM piano faculty member Anna Khanina explores the variation form in works by great composers of the romantic era. One of the most imaginative musical forms, variations are similar to improvisation in that a main idea is presented then reshaped and embellished while never losing its relationship to the original theme. Works by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and Chopin.
ABOUT THE ARTIST – PIANIST ANNA KHANINA
Russian born and raised in Germany, Anna Khanina has been praised for her “brilliant technique, musicality, and irreproachable taste.” (Ibbenbuehrener Zeitung). Professor Bernd Goetzke said: “In her performances, there is always the impression of radiating charisma, based on a deep understanding of the music, an absolutely sincere approach, and a true artistic motivation. She is totally in touch with the music that she is performing.”
Ms. Khanina enjoys a successful performing career. She regularly appears as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in Europe, United States, Canada, and Israel. Ms. Khanina is a sought-after chamber musician and collaborator. She has been invited to Braunschweig Classix Festival, Schleswig-Hollstein Music Festival, Hochschule fuer Musik und Theater Hannover Chamber Music Festival, the Norfolk Festival, and Banff Music Centre. Before she moved to the United States, Ms. Khanina had played in a duo with the clarinetist Yu-tzu Liu in Germany. The duo won a scholarship for young artists, which gave them an opportunity to perform all over Germany.
After Ms. Khanina came to Chicago in 2005, she formed a duo with Israeli violinist Guy Figer, and they performed internationally. Their debut CD “Unearthing” came out in February 2012. Recently she collaborated with Steven Doane, Frank Morelli, Alan Kay, Yura Lee, and Igor Begelman. Anna Khanina’s long list of awards include prizes at the Val Tidone International Piano Competition, the Second International Piano Competition in Panama, the Seventh International Competition Ciutat de Carlet, the Grieg Competition in Oslo, the Nueva Acropolis Competition in Madrid, and the Classica Nova Competition in Hannover.
Besides being a soloist and chamber musician, Anna Khanina regularly appears as an orchestra pianist. After playing for Michael Tilson Thomas in 2010, she was invited to join the New World Symphony Orchestra in Miami, Florida. Since then, she regularly appears with the New World Symphony orchestra under such conductors as Michael Tilson Thomas, Jeffrey Milarsky, Osmo Vänskä, John Adams, Stephan Deneve, and Ludovic Morlot.
ABOUT BLOOMINGDALE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Now in its 53rd year, BSM has served more than 80,000 children and adults through group classes, private instruction, and performance opportunities in classical, jazz, and rock music. Each week, over 650 students of all ages participate in a wide range of music making including early childhood classes, a comprehensive pre-college program, free community concerts, and internet-based music programs. With accessibility central to its mission, more than 20% of Bloomingdale’s student body receives financial aid and scholarship assistance annually. For more information on Bloomingdale School of Music’s programs and concerts, visit: www.bsmny.org, call the office at 212-663-6021, or email [email protected]. BSM is located in a charming historic landmark brownstone at 323 West 108th Street.
Bloomingdale School of Music is grateful to the following donors: Foundations: Associated Chamber Music Players, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Edwin Caplin Foundation, Columbia Community Service, D’Addario Foundation, Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, Exploring the Metropolis Con-Edison Composers’ Residency Program, The Hearst Foundation, Libby Holman Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The New York Community Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, Corporations: Colgate-Palmolive Inner-City Education Fund, ConEdison, Public: New York State Council on the Arts with Support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, New York State Assembly Member Daniel J. O’Donnell, and New York City Council Member Helen Rosenthal, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, and many other generous individuals.