Yulianna Avdeeva
Piano

“... This Russian pianist is a revelation. She plays brilliantly with emotion and a magical touch. Her audience are caught under her spell.” (Le Journal du Médoc)

Contacts

Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Nadja Saborova +49 (0)89 6797 104 82

Biography

Yulianna Avdeeva rose to fame when she won First Prize in the Chopin Competition in 2010. She has since embarked on a world-class career and her artistic integrity is rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive artists of her generation.

A regular performer throughout Asia, this autumn Yulianna Avdeeva embarks on a major concert tour of Japan, performing concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and featuring in solo recitals in Korea, Taiwan and China. Avdeeva will also undertake tours of North and South America, including her debut with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and engagements with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Other orchestra highlights include international debuts with leading ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Anu Tali.

Yulianna Avdeeva rose to fame when she won First Prize in the Chopin Competition in 2010. She has since embarked on a world-class career and her artistic integrity is rapidly ensuring her a place among the most distinctive artists of her generation.

A regular performer throughout Asia, this autumn Yulianna Avdeeva embarks on a major concert tour of Japan, performing concerts with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and featuring in solo recitals in Korea, Taiwan and China. Avdeeva will also undertake tours of North and South America, including her debut with Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and engagements with Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo. Other orchestra highlights include international debuts with leading ensembles such as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe at the Lucerne Festival and the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, both under the baton of Anu Tali.

Avdeeva’s most recent recital recording featuring works by Chopin, Schubert and Prokofiev was released on Mirare in August 2014.

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Sabine Frank +49 (0)89 6797 10455
Nadja Saborova +49 (0)89 6797 104 82

Reviews

“[Yulianna Avdeeva] climbed the steep cliffs of Dmitri Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, such a sparkling and witty work […], demonstrating unparalleled energy and a phenomenal technique.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 2015)

“Avdeeva, who played with power, conviction and authority, and held the audience rapt from beginning to end.” (Phil Smith, bachtrack.com, January 2015)

“Her Mozart, with an aristocratic touch, holds the beauty of a secret.” (arts-spectacles.com, August 2014)

“[Yulianna Avdeeva] climbed the steep cliffs of Dmitri Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, such a sparkling and witty work […], demonstrating unparalleled energy and a phenomenal technique.” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, June 2015)

“Avdeeva, who played with power, conviction and authority, and held the audience rapt from beginning to end.” (Phil Smith, bachtrack.com, January 2015)

“Her Mozart, with an aristocratic touch, holds the beauty of a secret.” (arts-spectacles.com, August 2014)

“She offers a Chopin without pathos and demonstrates real stylistic qualities of a colourist in the search of the fascinating. Moments of pure grace!” (arts-spectacles.com, August 2014)

“A pianist of fiery temperament and virtuosity.” (destimed.fr, August 2014)

“Celebrated by a swell of applause and earning the admiration of both audience and professionals alike, the pianist Yulianna Avdeeva again dazzled in the Park Florans with beauty and talent.” (destimed.fr, August 2014)

“Avdeeva was musicality personified. Clearly happy in dialogue with her orchestral colleagues, she seemed like a pianistic chameleon, one moment the clear, heroic soloist, the next she was the chamber musician.” (Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International, January 2014)

“From the very first entry Avdeeva showed a musical and intellectual sophistication that is several cuts above the average. She has an astonishing sense of the ineffable in sound: she can conjure a mezza voce that is both translucent and mysterious, filled with Brahmsian innigkeit [intimacy]... She may be slender, but her power, when fully unleashed, is thunderous; and that unleashing only happens when the music calls for it.” (Jessica Duchen Blog, January 2014)

“The first half concluded with the triumphant debut of Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. The pianist showed fine Mozart style. Avdeeva offered a welcome forthrightness in her interpretation. No mincing Mozart for her, yet no want of sensitivity either.” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune, October 2013)

“Yulianna Avdeeva draws from the instrument a rich palette of gentle and intimate colours, especially in the lyrical themes and the slow movements, and performs the virtuosic passages with superior mastery. The recording is crowned by the enchantingly beautiful interaction between soloist and orchestra. The way that the subtle tone of the gut-strings, the immaculate wind soli and the gripping outbursts of the Orchestra of the 18th Century mix with the sound of Avdeeva’s Erard instrument is an extraordinary delight.” (Bernhard Schrammek, kulturradio RBB, May 2013)

“Whether it's in the bold, dramatic shapes that she creates in the first movements of both works, the energy with which she propels the two finales, or the spellbinding beauty of her playing in the central Larghettos, their tracery delicately crystalline and their lyricism airy and unfettered, there seems to be a real spontaneity about Avdeeva's approach. It's as if by performing these works [Chopin's Piano Concertos] on a very different instrument from the usual modern concert grand she's discovering a new range of possibilities, a new palette of keyboard colours.” (Andrew Clements, The Guardian, May 2013)

“She played Haydn with a tender but orchestrally differentiated tone, which articulates itself in great freedom whilst retaining an always perceptible pulse. In Franck’s [Symphonic Variations] this sound blends harmonically with the orchestra, and the ‘virtuosic flowers’ towards the end show Avdeeva as the virtuoso soloist that she is.” (Peter Uehling, Berliner Zeitung, April 2013)

“Avdeeva approached the work [Bach’s Overture in the French style], with considerable intellectual rigour but at the same time conveyed the rich emotional resonance which seems to emerge so organically from this music…. I was struck once again by the clarity of Avdeeva’s playing and by the extraordinary control in this most technically demanding of scores…. Ms Avdeeva is clearly a pianist to be reckoned with and I hope she will play in London again soon.” (Seen and Heard International, February 2013) 

“An astonishing performance, and throughout the evening Avdeeva conjured a beautiful sound from the piano” (Classical Source, February 2013)

“Yulianna Avdeeva not only has impeccable technique, she “knows” her Chopin, and conveys his music with all intensity and tenderness. She loves the furore, the melancholy and the fragility of his music.” (Der Westen, January 2013)

“The Russian pianist delivered a brilliant performance with an incredibly sensitive touch. The power with which she played the technically demanding passages in an effortless forte seemed astonishing for such a petite artist.” (Westdeutsche Zeitung, January 2013)

“She doesn’t just play the piano, she conquers emotional oceans. But within all the ambiguity of emotion, she remains stylistically assured and is able to penetrate deeper structures in detail. …. Yulianna Avdeeva’s sense of touch and beauty of sound captivated immediately.” (Solinger Morgenpost, January 2013)

“The audience didn’t know what to admire more: the wide ranging colour spectrum of her well-rounded piano sound, the virtuosity and exceptional dynamism of her playing or the poise and expression of her interpretations.” (Solinger Tageblatt, January 2013)

“Wow, she seems to have it all. This was a commanding reading, gloriously rich in tone, voluptuous of phrase, and argued seamlessly. There was plenty of fantasy in it, but it was never self-indulgent. Instead, every element, every half-tint, every ornament and grand oration fit into a well-integrated mosaic.” (Timothy Mangan, The Orange County Register, November 2012)

“There's often a ripe, insinuating air of mystery about Avdeeva's playing, a sense that particular phrases or harmonies imply much more than they're actually saying… Avdeeva brought tender sensuality to the concerto's slow movement, as well as a nimble, light-footed virtuosity to the finale.” (Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, November 2012)

"Prokofiev's 2nd Sonata gave this expressive pianist the opportunity to showcase her virtuoso skills but also offer a very personal presentation of this work...Avdeeva emphasised crystal-clear glass phrases but never over-exaggerated...the audience rose to their feet and applauded enthusiastically." (Zürcher Oberländer, June 2012)

"She let the music breathe, balancing the contradictory forces of flexibility and restraint. She made the florid flights seem organic, expressive devices rather than mere decorations, and in the moonstruck reverie of the Larghetto, shaded the line exquisitely, enriching the sighs and whispers with subtle dynamic contrasts and gentle rubato." (Financial Times, January 2011)

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