Praised for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound, Alina Kiryayeva captivates the audiences with her profound philosophical insight and charismatic stage presence.
A native of the Ukraine, Ms.Kiryayeva performed her first solo recital at age 8 and her solo debut with an orchestra at the age of 11. The First Prize winner of the Senigallia International Competition, Italy, Ms. Kiryayeva has also claimed top prizes in several international piano competitions in the USA, including the Grace Welsh International Competition, and the California Young Artist International Competition. She was honored by the Ukrainian President, Leonid Kravchuk, with the State Award for Achievements in Arts. One of very few classical pianists that completed both Bachelor and Master degrees at The Juilliard School of Music on full scholarship, she has also been awarded the Fannie Gottlieb-Harkavi Scholarship and Susan Rose Piano Scholarship.
Ms. Kiryayeva has toured her native Ukraine as well as Russia, Mexico, France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Japan and United States. In recent seasons she has performed with the Kharkov State Philharmonic and State Opera Theatre Orchestras, The Imperial Valley Symphony orchestra and New York Symphonic Ensemble Orchestra.
In 2013 Ms. Kiryayeva released a solo piano album "Sonatas", which was featured on 150th broadcast of "Women in Music" on CKWR Radio in Ontario, Canada.
An avid chamber musician, she has collaborated with an array of esteemed artists, including renowned clarinetist Charles Neidich, and internationally acclaimed counter-tenor Terry Barber. In an award-winning collaboration with the distinguished clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov Alina appeared in New York debut recital in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, in Chamber Music Marathon at the Morse Recital Hall, New York, the Concerto Takes Manhattan Series at Yamaha Hall in New York, Young Artist Concert Series in Bergenfield, NJ and the Concert Series at Jefferson’s Ferry, NY.
Ms.Kiryayeva's upcoming chamber music performances include appearances in Steinway Series at Smithsonian Museum and in the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Photographer: Denis Gostev