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Anna Vinnitskaya is among an ever-growing number of super-virtuoso pianists to have won a major competition and then followed with a string of acclaimed debut concerts and recordings. Her victory at the 2007 Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels placed her in a field where finding elbow room is a daunting challenge; yet her results with critics and public alike have consistently augured continued success. Her spectacular technique and interpretive depth allow her to convincingly perform a range of repertory, from works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Rachmaninov, Medtner, and Prokofiev. She has often performed contemporary music, as well, including works by Sofia Gubaidulina and Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher. Vinnitskaya has collaborated with such conductors as Dutoit, Fedoseyev, Krivine, and Yoel Levi, and with major orchestras: the Moscow SO, Berlin Radio SO, Israel SO, Munich Philharmonic, and others. Vinnitskaya's recordings are available from Naïve. Anna Vinnitskaya was born in Novorossiysk, Russia, on August 4, 1983. Her parents were also pianists; her mother began giving her lessons from age six. 1995 was a pivotal year for young Anna: she won the International Junoshenki Competition and her family relocated to Rostov-on-Don, where she began studies with Sergei Ossipenko at the Rachmaninov Conservatory. From 2001, she studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg with Ralf Nattkemper and, from 2002, with Evgeny Koroliov. In 2002 Vinnitskaya won first prize in the Jaèn Competition in Spain. Two years later she garnered another contest victory, this one in Hamburg at the Elise Meyer Competition. While she finished fourth in the International Ferruccio Busoni Competition in 2005, it was her Queen Elizabeth Competition victory two years later that proved her watershed achievement. Jurors there were especially impressed by her last-round performances of the Beethoven Sonata No. 13 and the challenging Prokofiev Second Concerto. Vinnitskaya followed her victory with a full slate of concerts, including appearances at several of the leading festivals: the Verbier Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, and the Piano Festival of La Roque d'Anthéron. At the 2008 Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Vinnitskaya was the recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award. Vinnitskaya's first recording, a critically acclaimed CD of solo works by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Medtner, and Gubaidulina was issued by Naïve in 2009. That same year she joined the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg. Her second CD was issued in 2010, a disc of the Prokofiev Second and Ravel G major concertos.