In 2012 she won all the major prizes at the Concours Géza Anda, the triennial international music competition, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions

By Dan Lowell

It is with enormous pride that La Filarmonica, which takes it upon itself to discover and promote young artists, is presenting the great Varvara Nepomnyashchaya in a demanding recital which includes Beethoven’s marvelous Sonata op. 111 and Chopin’s 24 aphoristic Preludes, “the ultimate miniatures,” as David Dubal, music critic for the Wall Street Journal, said, at the Auditorio Nacional de Musica, the epicenter of musical life in Madrid, this 27th of February.



Born in Moscow in 1983, Varvara, who has recently performed in St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev and his orchestra of the Marinsky, is the winner of the Géza Anda contest, Zurich 2012, one of the world’s most prestigious music competitions. This success played a decisive role in launching her impressive career, a career that has made it possible for her to perform in the music capitals of the world like Vienna, St. Petersburg, Berlin and Zurich , and to collaborate with some of the principal international orchestras (the Marinsky, Radio Vienna, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Zurich Tonhallorchester, etc. ) with conductors of the caliber of Valery Gergiev, Clemens Schuldt, David Zinman and Cornelius Meister.

With her great personality, profoundly captivating musicality and wide repertoire, Varvara is a versatile artist who never fails to surprise audiences in many parts of the world. In her upcoming La Filarmonica concert she will perform a program which goes from the Baroque, with Händel’s Suite NWV441, to romanticism with Chopin’s 24 Preludes op. 28, through Beethoven’s Sonata Nº 32.

Varvara’ds determination to give form to her performances and her desire to explore the outer limits of piano recitals have converted her into a true virtuoso. For eleven years she studied with Prof. Lidija Grigorieva at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music, after which she was accepted as a student in the class of Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Today she continues to train under the guidance of Evgeny Koroliov at Hamburg University. In 2012 she won all the major prizes at the triennial international music competition, the Concours Géza Anda in Zurich: the Audience Award for her performance of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, accompanied by the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman, the Best Mozart Interpretation Award, and of course the First Prize. Her outstanding interpretation of Mozart’s Concert Nº 21 greatly impacted both the public and the jury.

Watch adn listen to the Concours Géza Anda 2012 – Final: Varvara




Friday, 27 February 2015 / 19:30 h / Auditorio Nacional – Sala de Cámara
PROGRAM: Varvara on the piano
  1. Händel, Suite HWV 441
  2. Beethoven, Sonata núm. 32, op. 111
  3. Chopin, 24 Preludios, op. 28