Bio

Eduard Kiprsky was born in Leningrad in 1986. He studied at the Glinka Choral College and Rostropovich Music School, then at the Special Music School of St Petersburg Conservatory (class of Marina Volf) later graduating from the Conservatory and completing a postgraduate study there (piano class of Alexander Sandler). He subsequently completed a master’s degree and the Artistic Excellence Program at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen (class of Boris Bloch) and is currently studying at the St Petersburg Conservatory as composer (class of Grigory Korchmar).

Prize-winner at the Stefan Seiler International Piano Competition (Rhodes, 2004, 3rd prize), the Sergei Prokofiev International Competition (Almaty, 2004, 3rd prize), the Köhler-Osbar International Competition (Duisburg, 2009, 1st prize) and the Steinway Competition (Düsseldorf, 2012, 1st prize). Recipient of the György Cziffra Prize (Vienna, 2007). Winner of the International Franz Liszt Piano Competition – Mario Zanfi Prize (Parma, 2015). Prize-winner at the competition and festival Three Centuries of Classical Romance (St Petersburg, 2008, 2nd prize in the category of vocal and piano duets and 1st prize in the category of composition “For the best romance to verse by poets of the Silver Age”). Winner of the composition competition Der Rhein im Dreiklang (Germany, 2014), and in 2014 at the Elena Obraztsova International Opera Singers’ Competition he also received an award “For the best performance of the opera repertoire and skill as an accompanist”. Prize-winner at the Cyprus International Competition in the category “Composition” (2020, 1st prize and Special Award for best vocal works). Prize-winner at the VII International Composition Competition in Memory of Alfred Schnittke and Sviatoslav Richter (Sochi, 2021, 3rd prize in the category “String quartet”).

Frequently tours to cities throughout Russia, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland. Has given concerts in Luxembourg, Brussels and Vilnius, performing at the festivals including Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the International Piano Festival and Palaces of St Petersburg in Russia, Notti Musicali Modenese in Italy, Größer Klaviermusik in Germany, Bistrampolio in Lithuania, Orpheum in Switzerland, the Liszt Festival in Raiding (Austria) and at the Manhattan School of Music’s International Academy of Music. Regularly appears at festivals run by the Georges Cziffra Foundation in Austria, in 2007 winning the Georges Cziffra Preis. In 2013 he made his debut with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra at the Tonhalle in Zurich. In 2014 he gave two performances at the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2015 he made his debut at the Stars of the White Nights festival in St Petersburg, and in 2017 took part in the Moscow Easter Festival.

Has collaborated with Martin Haselböck, Martin Sieghart, Thierry Escaich, Mario Brunello, Oliver Leo Schmidt, Simon Estes, Ildar Abdrazakov, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Elena Pankratova, Christian Knapp, Dmitry Longvin, Alexander Sladkovsky, Vera Arbuzova and Yulia Makhalina. The pianist’s concerts have been broadcast by Ö1 in Austria and TV Parma in Italy. Has performed live on WDR Radio in Cologne. In 2017 he released an album of works by Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky.

Has composed several song cycles and instrumental chamber music, piano transcriptions and works for chamber orchestra. In 2013 at the Mariinsky Theatre came the premiere of his Adagio for harp and strings, subsequently performed by the Mariinsky Orchestra soloists at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2014 the Small Hall of the St Petersburg Philharmonic hosted the first performance of Kiprsky’s Elegiac Concertino for harp and string quartet. In 2015 at the Rossini Festival in Bad Wildbad came the premiere of his songs to verses by Hermann Hesse. Kiprsky’s song cycle Latin Triptych featured in a programme on Estonian TV. In summer 2016 at the International Music Festival in Mikkeli there came the premiere of Cleopatra’s Dream, a trio for flute, viola and harp, staged as ballet later in 2019. 2018 saw the world premiere of Mirages, variations for three harps, strings and percussion, as part of the Northern Lyre harp festival at the Mariinsky Concert Hall.  In 2020 his Spring Rhapsody for harp was recorded by the Russian Harp Society as part of the project Harp of Russia.

Member of the ÖGZM union of composers of contemporary music in Vienna. Member of the Russian Harp Society. Teaches at the Glinka Choral School. Soloist with the Mariinsky Orchestra since 2018.