Valentina Igoshina (born 4 November 1978) is a Russian classical pianist.
Valentina Igoshina began studying piano with her mother, and first took lessons at home at the age of four. At the age of twelve she began attending the Moscow Central School of Music and became a student of Sergei Dorensky and Larissa Dedova at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Igoshina has also served as a teacher of piano at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Between recitals and concerts, she currently divides her time between Moscow and Paris. Her home in France is near Giverny in Haute-Normandie.
In 1993, at age 14, she won first prize at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In 1997, at age 18, she won first prize and a special award at the famed Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow.
Igoshina has also competed in four other worldwide piano competitions:
Second place at the Atlanta International Piano Competition (2002), Georgia,
First place at the Concorso Pianistico Internazionale "Premio Guiliano Pecar" (2002), Italy,
Finalist at the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, (2003),
Second place at the Jose Iturbi International Piano Competition (2006), Spain,
Igoshina appears on the list of great women pianists as compiled at www.forte-piano-pianissimo.com
Festival and major orchestral appearances:
Igoshina has been invited to play with many notable orchestras, among them:
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Markus Stenz conducting,
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Aberdeen, Alexander Titov conducting;,
Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, United Kingdom, Sir Mark Elder conducting;,
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia, Markus Stenz conducting;,
Orquestra Simfonica de Barcelona, Josep Caballé Domenech conducting;,
Orquesta Filarmónica de Santiago in Chile, Jan Latham-Koenig conducting;,
London Philharmonic, Carl Davis conducting;,
Macao Orchestra in Macao, China, Lü Jia conducting;,
Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit conducting;,
Orquestra Sinfônica Municipal de São Paulo, Josè Maria Florêncio conducting;,
Real Filharmonia de Galicia, Antoni Ros-Marba conducting;,
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, Augustin Dumay conducting;,
Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra, Takao Ukigaya conducting,
Igoshina has appeared on multiple occasions with several of the foregoing orchestras. Additionally, she worked both in Russia and Italy with Alexander Vedernikov during his tenure at the Bolshoi Theatre. Igoshina has also appeared with orchestras in Kraków, Poland; Brandenburg, Germany; Gdansk, Poland; St. Louis, Missouri (Robert Hart Baker conducting); Saint-Etienne, France; Wuhan, China; Tokyo, Japan; Moscow, St Petersburg, and Bryansk in Russia; Sofia, Bulgaria; Budapest, Hungary (Izaki Masahiro conducting); and many other venues.
She has also participated in numerous recitals and musical festivals; a few are listed as follows:
La Società dei Concerti, Milan,
Ravello Festival, Italy,
Duszniki Zdroj Chopin Festival, Poland,
Belem Festival, Lisbon,
Radio France-Montpellier, France,
La Roque-d'Anthéron Festival, Provence, France,
Harrod's International Piano Series, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London,
Styriarte Festival, Graz, Austria,
Povoa de Varzim Festival, Portugal,
Association "Musique au Pays de George Sand", Nohant-Vic, France,
Nuits Musicales d'Uzes, Uzes, France,
Ohrid Summer Festival, Macedonia,
Théâtre de l'Athénée Louis-Jouvet, Paris,
Piano-en-Valois Festival, Angoulême, France,
Cercle de l'Union interalliee, Paris,
Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris (2012),
Piano aux Jacobins Festival International, Toulouse,
Polish Baltic Philharmonic Hall, Gdansk (2011),
Mons, Belgium with Augustin Dumay (2012),
St. Louis, Missouri with David Halen and Alexander Treger (2012),
Val' Eure Musicale Festival, Pacy-sur-Eure, France (2015),
Auditorium du Conservatoire Maurice Ravel, Paris (2015),
Igoshina has made live recordings on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM, BBC Scotland, as well as the sound tracks for Tony Palmer's movies The Harvest of Sorrow (also working on the project were Valery Gergiev and Mikhail Pletnev) and The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka. She played one of the leading roles in the latter film.
In 2006 Warner Classics International produced an album entitled Valentina Igoshina, wherein Igoshina played works by Modest Mussorgsky and Robert Schumann. Included on the album were Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Schumann's Carnaval.
In 2008 Igoshina recorded a work of the waltzes of Frédéric Chopin. The album, entitled Chopin: Complete Waltzes was chosen by Classic FM Magazine as its November, 2008 "Disc of the Month". It was produced by Lontano Music and distributed by Warner Classics International
In October, 2010 Igoshina recorded Dmitri Shostakovich's First and Second Piano Concertos with the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss-am-Rhein (near Düsseldorf), and the work is distributed by Warner Classics International. Also in 2010, she appeared in another of Tony Palmer's productions, entitled Valentina Igoshina Plays Chopin.
Many of Igoshina's performances can be seen on YouTube, including Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu and Liszt's Liebesträume.
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