Chopin has always been a favorite of mine.
Valentina Igoshina was born into a family of musicians in Bryansk (Russia) in 1978. Her mother was a teacher of piano, and Igoshina first took lessons at home at the age of four. At age twelve, she was sent to Moscow where she studied piano with Sergei Dorensky and Larissa Dedova at the Moscow Central Music School and the Moscow State Conservatory. Unless she is performing at concerts or recitals, she presently divides her time between Moscow, Russian Federation and Paris, France.
Igoshina is generally considered to be one of the most outstanding of modern-day classical pianists. She is particularly known for her interpretations of Chopin and Rachmaninov.
In 1993, at age 14, she won first prize at the Rubinstein International Young Pianist Competition in Poland.
Regarding the Atlanta Competition, reviewer Keely Brown wrote: "Russian pianist Valentina Igoshina played Chopin's Preludes with heartbreaking nuance. Those who doubt Chopin's intentions to have all 24 played at one sitting would have had their doubts dispelled by hearing how she subtly strung them together, with perfect control and dynamic shading and phrasing. It was the artistic performance of the day. Her Rachmaninov B-flat Minor Sonata was likewise idiomatic and meltingly phrased. Igoshina's performance showed the difference between being a good pianist and being an artist." (Creative Loafing Media, Atlanta, May 2002)
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