Katia Skanavi (pianist)

Born into a family of musicians and filmmakers, Russian pianist Katia Skanavi's brilliant career began in 1989 when she created a sensation at the Marguerite Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition. The jury awarded Miss Skanavi the Third Prize. However, the enthusiastic Parisian public chose her for the Audience Prize and filled the Salle Pleyel on her 18th birthday for her performance of the Saint-Saëns Concerto No.2 with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.

Though again not the winner, Miss Skanavi was arguably the most popular finalist at the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and subsequently received the Steven De Groote Memorial Award for her riveting performance with the Tokyo String Quartet. From her Cliburn success came repeated touring engagements throughtout North America, and heightened intermanional notoriety from Playing with Fire, a documentary about the Tenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, airing internationally since 1997.

Katia Skanavi concertizes extensively in Japan and Europe, where she has appeared with many of the world's greatest artists and ensembles. Among them have been Yuri Bashmet, Lord Yehudi Menuhin, Victor Tretyakov, Maxim Vengerov, and the Tokyo, Talich and Ysaye String Quartets. She performs at the most celebrated concert venues. Among them number The Great Hall and Tschaikovsky Hall in Moscow; Salle Pleyel, Salle Gaveau, and the Teatre des Champs Elysees in Paris; La Scala in Milan; the Musikverein and the Konzerthaus in Vienna; Amsterdam's Concertgebouw; Suntory Hall in Tokyo and Osaka Symphony Hall. Her festival experience includes Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus, the Wiener Klangbogen, the Schleswing-Holstein and Oslo Chamber Music Festivals.

Already in her young career, Miss Skanavi has appeared with The Moscow Philharmonic, the Houston Symphony, Monte-Carlo Philharmonic, Moscow Soloists, Tzuls Mrk, and Sinfonia Varsovia among others. She also performs in duo-recital programs with her close friend, pianist Alex Slobodyanik.

In Europe, Katia Skanavi studied with Vladimir Krainev, and Nikolai Petrov. She is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Ms. Skanavi now studies with the famous pianist and fellow Pro Piano Recording Artist, Sergei Babayan, and resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

In addition to this, her debut release on Pro Piano Records (224522,) Katia Skanavi has several releases on the French label, Lyrinx.

The producers welcome pianist Katia Skanavi to their splendid roster of recording artists, and predict a long and productive association with her.


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