STONINGTON — Acclaimed pianist Olga Vinokur, a dynamic performer on the classical and contemporary music scene who, according to the New York Times, "is gaining recognition for the strength and consistency of her artistry," will perform at La Grua Center in Stonington on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 5 p.m.
Known for adventurous and imaginative programming, she has premiered solo and chamber works collaborating with both established and emerging composers.
A native of Russia, Vinokur began her piano studies at the age of six, and at 12, was awarded First Prize in the National Young Artist Piano Competition in Russia. Since then she has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including First-Prize in the Prokofiev Piano Competition in Russia and major prizes in the Torrefranka International Piano Competition in Italy, the Koussevitzky Piano Competition and Artist International in New York, and the Rubin Academy Competition in Israel among others. She has been an annual scholarship recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
An avid chamber musician, Vinokur has performed with a number of distinguished groups including St. Petersburg, Martinu, Nightingale, Aeolus and Primo quartets. She has appeared in this country and abroad as a recitalist, with orchestra and chamber musician in major venues including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Merkin Hall, Town Hall in New York, Shangai Oriental Art Center in Shangai, Rudolfinum’s Dvorak Hall and Municipal House’s Smetana Hall in Prague and King’s Place in London.
She was also a featured artist in the London Chamber Music Society, EuroArts Festival in Prague, Prague Chamber Music Society, Pour L'Art Chamber Music Festival in Switzerland, Young Artist Festival in Russia, Woodstock Mozart Festival and Rolfs Piano Festival in this country, the Israeli “Music in Galilee” Radio Music Festival, International Piano Festivals in Paris and Canary Islands of Spain, International Piano Festival in Cuba among many others.
Vinokur participated in Tel-Hai International Piano Master-classes in Israel where she was awarded a prize in honor of Ada Caspi. She is a frequent performer at Bargemusic in New York where she played solo recitals and chamber concerts, which included the world premiers.
Vinokur is featured in the film documentary “Women of Music”, a classical music series on Bravo TV station in Canada, which features interviews and performances with today’s top classical performers from around the world. She has been heard on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” in New York, BBC in London, IMFChicago, the Israeli “Voice of Music” radio station, Czech National Radio, Dutch radio, National radio of France and Switzerland, Russian National Public Radio among others. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and prizes.
She has appeared as a soloist with Prague Philharmonic and Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra of Czech Republic, Lambeth Symphony of London, Prague Castle Guard Orchestra, Salome Chamber Orchestra, La Primavera Chamber Orchestra of Russia, Manhattan Symphony and others. Ms Vinokur has toured in China as a soloist with Manhattan Symphonee Orchestra where she performed in major concert halls of 11 different cities.
Olga Vinokur began her studies in Russia. Moving to Israel, she received her Bachelor’s Degree and Artist’s Diploma with honors from the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel-Aviv University where she studied with Victor Derevianko and Natasha Tadson. She pursued her Master and Doctor of Musical Art Degrees at the Manhattan School of Music in New York where she studied with Salomon Mikowsky. Olga Vinokur resides in New York.