Bio

Eduard Kiprsky was born in Leningrad in 1986. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, also completing a postgraduate study there (piano class of Alexander Sandler) and a master’s degree at the Musikhochschule Essen (class of Boris Bloch). In 2017 he graduated with honors from the Artistic Excellence Program at the Folkwang University of the Arts. Currently, Eduard teaches special piano at the Glinka Choir School in St. Petersburg and works as a piano soloist at Mariinsky Orchestra.

Prize winner at the International Liszt Piano Competition Premio Mario Zanfi in Parma (2015). Prize winner at the International Seiler Competition in Greece (3rd prize, 2003), the International Prokofiev Competition in Kazakhstan (3rd prize, 2004), the Köhler-Osbar-Foundation Competition in Duisburg (1st prize, 2009) and the Steinway International Competition in Dusseldorf (1st prize, 2012). Recipient of the Georges Cziffra Prize (2007). In 2008 he was a prize-winner at the international competition of song and piano duets Three Centuries of Classical Romance in St Petersburg (at that competition he also took 1st prize as a composer), while in 2014 he won the composition competition Der Rhein in Dreiklang in Germany and received a diploma as best accompanist at the International Elene Obraztsova Opera Singers’ Competition.

Eduard frequently tours to cities throughout Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Has given concerts in Luxembourg, Brussels and Vilnius, at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, International Piano Festival in St Petersburg, Palaces of St Petersburg, Nights of Music in Modena, Größer Klaviermusik in Germany, Bistrampolio in Lithuania, Orpheum in Switzerland, the Liszt Festival in Raiding (Austria) and at the International Music Academy of the Manhattan School of Music. He is a regular guest at festivals run by the Georges Cziffra Foundation in Austria.

In 2013 he made his debut with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra under direction of Vladimir Fedoseyev at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 2014 he twice gave recitals at the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2015 he made his debut at the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg.

Eduard has performed with solo recitals in such concert halls as ORF Radio-Kulturhaus, Kunstistorisches Museum Wien, Duisburger Mercatorhalle, Lembruck-Museum, Theater Orangerie Darmstadt, Zeche Zollverein, Colosseum Theater Essen, Philharmonie Essen, Theater Duisburg, De Vereeiniging, Sacrum Arnhem, Teatro Giuseppe Verdi di Busetto, Palace Kadriorg Tallinn, the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, State Academic Capella and Kremlin Armoury.

The pianist’s concerts have been broadcast by the channels Ö1 in Austria and TV Parma in Italy. Has appeared in live broadcasts for WDR radio in Germany.

Has collaborated with Martin Haselböck, Valery Gergiev, Martin Sieghart, Thierry Escaich, Mario Brunello, Oliver Leo Schmidt, Pyotr Simonechek, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Alexander Chernushenko, Alexander Sladkovsky, Simon Estes, Elena Pankratova, Olga Makarina, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ketevan Kemoklidze and Yulia Makhalina.

Has composed several song cycles and instrumental chamber music, piano transcriptions and works for symphony orchestra. In 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre came the premiere of Kiprsky’s opus Adagio for Harp and Strings, following which the work was performed by Mariinsky Theatre soloists at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2014 the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic hosted the first performance of Kiprsky’s Concertino for String Quartet and Harp. In 2015 at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad (Germany) came the premiere of his songs to verse by Hermann Hesse. Kiprsky’s song cycle Latin Triptych was included on a programme on Estonian TV.

In 2017 Eduard released a new album with works of F. Schubert, S. Rachmaninoff and I. Stravinsky.

Eduard Kiprsky is a member of the union of contemporary music composers ÖGZM in Vienna and performance rights organisation GEMA.