Anna Zassimova: '... a true artist'
"Her aesthetic culture, stupendous virtuosity and highly sensitive artistic breeding are combined ... to the height of musical ability ... Rarely have I met a more versatile artist! " - WOLFGANG RIHM
"Thoroughly exquisite pianism" - FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG
"This recording is of astonishing excellence. Her performances combine insight and technical ability to the highest degree" - JAMES PALMER, Musical Opinion
"Zassimova's name will soon be mentioned in the same breath as Cortot, Rosenthal, Friedman, Rubinstein and Arrau" - FANFARE
Anna Zassimova is a pianist of rare calibre. Her pianism is of a natural, passionate intensity, combining softness and fury, with an unparalleled knowledge and sympathetic understanding of the music she plays. There is nothing showy about her keyboard manner, born of her being a product - from perhaps the last generation - of the Great Russian School, founded by Heinrich Neuhaus. Following initial concerts in Germany, Bayerische Rundfunk were the first of many organisations to compare her playing to that of Richter and Gilels. The comparison is apt.
At the age of six, Anna entered the world-renowned Gnessin School in Moscow, Whilst studying for her first degree in piano as a pupil of Vladimir Tropp, she witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union at first hand. The experience caused her to commit wholeheartedly to music as the only stable point at a time of great instability. Personal circumstances led Anna to leave Russia for Germany, and - having received a DAAD Fellowship - she continued studies at the Karlsruhe Music University under Michael Uhde und Markus Stange, where she now teaches.
"Bold and romantic, but also clear and precise" - Classical CD reviews, UK.
"The lines of her music have elegance but also clearly defined shape - declamations rather than sentimentality" (Klavier.de).
In recent years, Anna Zassimova has entranced audiences at festivals and concert halls across Europe. Her impressive discography, featuring Romantic and contemporary works on the CPO, Melism, Antes and other labels, has drawn universal praise by focussing on Chopin, her great 'non-Russian' love - Brahms - and on fin-de-siècle Russian composers. In June 2018, Hänßler Classic issued Sonata Reminiscenza, Zassimova's exploration of Russian piano music by Medtner, Scriabin, Catoire, Wyshnegradsky and others. Recent concerts, including a much-admired solo recital at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, have included much of this repertoire.
Meet the Artist Online
Learn more about Anna Zassimova at 'Meet the Artist Online'
The 'Meet the Artist Online' website features interviews in which musicians, conductors and composers discuss aspects of their creative lives, including inspirations, influences, repertoire, performance, recording, significant teachers and more. The interviews offer revealing insights into the musician's working life and a fascinating glimpse "beyond the notes".
Anna Zassimova is also exceptional among performers of her calibre for the breadth of her artistry. She has additional degrees in musicology (her monograph on the little-known Russian composer Georgy Catoire has been largely responsible for the renewed interest in this early 20th- century composer), and the history of art. Anna has worked with numerous galleries in creating programmes pairing paintings and piano music, enthralling audiences with her discourses on the former and performances of the latter. She is herself a gifted painter, but it is the piano, truly an extension of Zassimova's soul, in which these elements come together. As Adam Donen has commented: 'There are many great piano performers in our time. Zassimova is a true Artist.'
Anna Zassimova Programs
Anna's programs include an interesting selection of works by Frederic Chopin, Nikolaj Medtner, Alexander Scriabin, Georges Catoire, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, Olivier Messiaen, Luigi Nono, Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Nikolaj Roslawez, Alexander Mossolow, Wsewolod Saderazki, Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergej Rachmaninov and others.
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Antonín Dvorák: Legends From The Bohemian Forest
Edition Klavier - Festival Ruhr Vol. 36
Frédéric Chopin - Late Works
Poems for Voice and Piano
Revived Masterpieces (with the Catoire Ensemble)
Sonatas for Clarinet and Piano
Tanejew: Piano Chamber Music
Works for Violin & Piano by Georgy (Georges) Catoire