Acclaimed Russian pianist Katya Grineva returns to Carnegie Hall for its highly anticipated annual holiday concert for one night only on Monday, December 27. Celebrating her 20th appearance at the Stern Auditorium, Katya is the most performed female solo artist at this iconic venue.
In what has become a seasonal tradition for local New York families and tourists alike, Katya’s festive concert is a highlight of the holiday season. Katya dedicates this concert to frontline workers: doctors, nurses and others who risked their lives during the pandemic. (Details of the program are below.)
Due to COVID-19 performance restrictions, Katya hosted over 300 virtual concerts last year, but still failed to perform live Carnegie Hall public. “The thrill and honor of performing on the iconic Carnegie stage will never be taken for granted,” Katya said. “This holiday concert will probably be one of the most touching and sentimental performances of my career. I am happy to share live music again, especially during the holiday season.”
Katya mixes seasonal repertoire such as The Nutcracker Dance of the Prune Fairy and I’ll Be Home for Christmas with romantic virtuosos from Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, and more. Katya has carved out a reputation for herself as an extraordinary performer and presenting romantic selections from Schubert, Liszt, Satie and Chopin. She has performed in the United States, Guam, Europe, South America, Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia and the Philippines. Described by the New York Times as “liquid … dreamlike,” Katya’s playing is hailed for its fluidity and abundance of poetic expression. A “noted representative of the romantic repertoire (WNYC Radio)”, Katya wows audiences with her breathtaking and ethereal concerts.
Born in Moscow, Katya studied piano at the Moscow School of Music, then at the Music School of the Moscow Conservatory, where she studied with Professor Pavel Messner. She moved to New York in 1989 and received a scholarship to enter the graduate program at the Mannes School of Music, studying with Nina Svetlanova, followed by private coaching with Vladja Mashke, who played a key role. in the development of the young pianist. Katya made her US debut in 1993 with a performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 27 in B flat, K.595 accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony. In 1998, she made him Carnegie Hall start. She has been a guest performer in Ecuador with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra and has performed for Philippine President Gloria Macapagal and gives numerous charity concerts throughout the country. In 2006, she was chosen to perform and record exclusively the world premieres of piano sonatas by the romantic Viennese composer Marcel Tyberg. At Australian concerts in Melbourne and Sydney, audiences in Australia heard for the first time two compositions from Tyberg’s “Lost” piano sonatas. She has received the honorable title of Steinway Artist, a Special Honor from the New York State Shields, and recognition from the Government of Guam for her special achievements. Her philanthropic work has earned her accolades, including the recipient of the Gusi Peace Prize from Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the Outstanding Woman Award from Ercolano Italy. She has released nine CDs, the latest being The Complete Chopin Nocturnes. Katya recently completed a tour of Africa as a guest of the Russian Embassy. For more information visit katyagrineva.com.