Anastasia Rizikov

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At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Mykola Diadiura. Now 16, Anastasia is already showing signs of being "one to watch".  She is yearly performing numerous solo concerts and orchestral works in major US and Canadian cities. She had an honor to collaborate with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestra London Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra, Granada Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic, just to name a few. Bernhard Gueller, Shalom Bard, Alain Trudel, Nurhan Arman, Boris Brott, Nan Washburn and Salvador Brotons are among the conductors Anastasia had an honor to work with. This year she has performed one of the most technically challenging piano concertos – Rachmaninoff No. 3 in D minor with Laval Symphony Orchestra in Quebec. In 2013, Anastasia had her 2,5 week long Debut Atlantic concert tour along Canada's Atlantic coast. 

Anastasia won first place in all the following international competitions: the 57th Jaén International Piano Competition (competing with pianists ages 32 and under), as well as all three other additional prizes, including the audience prize and two others for best interpretations, Spain (April 2015); the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition (competing with pianists ages 35 and under), in Gorizia, Italy, (November, 2013); the Rotary International Piano Competition (Senior Division up to 28 years old) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (May, 2011); the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition for Young People (Cape Vincent, USA, 2010); the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2009), which lead to a Carnegie Hall debut; and the Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition in Ukraine (2006), among others. Nationally, Anastasia won first place in both the Canadian Chopin Competition (2010), leading to an appearance at a gala winners' concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto;  and the Canadian Music Competition (2007). 

Anastasia is adept at giving interviews in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, newspapers, radio or television.  She studies with award-winning Master of Music Maia Spis, teacher at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto.  She has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan (Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music), Anatoly Ryabov (Professor at the Conservatory of Moscow), Oxana Yablonskaya (Professor at the Juilliard School of Music), and has worked with Olga Kern (winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).  Since age five, Anastasia spends rare moments away from the piano.  She loves reading, animals, and treasures her friendships.   

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NameRizikov, Anastasia
Date of Birth1998-12-08
Born inCanada, North America
Home LocationToronto, Canada
Main languageEnglish
Additional languages Russian,  Ukrainian 
Concurso Internacional de Piano Premio Jaén
2015-05-01 RITMO Magazine, Madrid, Spain

In Jaén, we discovered a young, exceptional pianist. Some jurors speak of her as the new Martha Argerich, no less. Her performance in the finals of Chopin's Piano Concerto. 2, as well as qualifying events to reach the final proved her to be a pianist, despite her youth, of a huge imaginable quality and projection.     

(by Antonia Olivares Martínez)
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Two young musicians shine in Orchestra London debuts
2014-01-21 The Beet Magazine, London, Ontario

Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 was an ideal vehicle for Anastasia Rizikov, whose musical personality contains an essential fire of life as well as a lyrical instinct. Just barely 15, Ms. Rizikov has preternatural insight into the moods of the concerto, as she summoned up the nobility of the musical landscape in all its variety. Ms. Rizikov is an extraordinary virtuoso, with abundant technical prowess. But she is more than the sum of ten fingers – she is a consummate artist, born to play, to love the art and act of music-making. 

(by Renee Silberman)
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