Teen Prodigy, Classical Pianist Anastasia Rizikov Performs At The Berman, 4/29

Teen Prodigy, Classical Pianist Anastasia Rizikov Performs At The Berman, 4/29Canadian classical pianist Anastasia Rizikov will perform at The Berman Center for the Performing Arts at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Rizikov made her orchestral debut at the tender age of seven and has since appeared as soloist with major orchestras in North America and Europe.

The launch of her career began when she placed first at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev, Ukraine, where she was invited to perform with The National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine conducted by Mykola Diadiura. From there, Rizikov stepped on to the international competition circuit competing with musicians twice her age. In 2011, she became the youngest person to compete and win in history at the Rotary International Piano Competition (Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2011). Rizikov won in other major competitions, including: Ettore Pozzoli International Piano Competition (Seregno, Italy, 2015); the Jaén International Piano Competition (Jaén, Spain, 2015); and the 13th Giuliano Pecar International Piano Competition (Gorizia, Italy, 2013), to name a few.

"Ms. Rizikov is an extraordinary virtuoso, with abundant technical prowess," said Renée Silberman at The Beat Magazine. "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..." he continued.

Now 19, Rizikov is being lauded as the "one to watch." With more than 30 orchestral performances and 20 concerti in her repertoire, Rizikov has already played with such major orchestras as Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and City of Granada Orchestra. She has worked with conductors such as Peter Oundjian, Alain Trudel, Bernhard Gueller and more.

Rizikov's concert schedules have taken her all over Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada, where she has played in such prestigious spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Fazioli Hall, Hong Kong City Hall and the Kremlin. With a curiosity for diverse and exciting projects, Rizikov recorded a CD with NAXOS, and performed at the prestigious Verbier and Orford Festivals (2015); in 2014, she tackled Rachmaninoff's immense Piano Concerto No. 3 with Laval Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Alain Trudel; while in the fall of 2013, and gave 20 performances over two weeks throughout all the Atlantic provinces of Canada as winner of the prestigious Debut Atlantic Award.

Adept in English, Russian, Ukrainian (and working towards mastering her French), Rizikov began studies at École Normale de Musique de Paris with Professor Rena Shereshevskaya. From 2003-2017 she studied with Professor Maia Spis at the Nadia Music Academy, Toronto. She has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan, Arie Vardi, and Robert Levin, and has worked with András Schiff, Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, and Olga Kern.

Being a person who loves and understands her audience, she dreams of being able to share her unique musical voice with the entire world, including audiences in Detroit.

To purchase tickets, please visit theberman.org or call 248.661.1900 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Groups of 10 or more, please call or email theberman@jccdet.org.

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The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is located at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building | Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus at 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, MI 48322.

About The Berman: The Berman Center for the Performing Arts is a beautiful, 600 seat state-of-the-art venue. The Berman showcases an eclectic variety of world-class entertainment for all audiences of Metro Detroit while showcasing the Jewish Community Center's exceptional events.

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