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Inna Heifetz (Piano)

Born: 1961 - Odessa, Ukraine

The Ukrainian pianist, Inna Heifetz, first performed in public at the age of 6. She studied with Oxana Yablonskaya, Lev Vlasenko, and Bela Nagy. She was a student of Adrian Yegorov at the Gnessin Institute of Music in Moscow and graduated from the famous Stolyarsky Music School in Odessa, Ukraine. She later studied at the New England Conservatory in Boston and Boston University. She attended Tanglewood Institute where she was given the most promising performer award. Her teachers included Gary Graffman and Russell Sherman. She has won several international prestigious prizes and awards. Among them were the First Prize in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition in New York, the First Prize in the Aaron Richmond Piano Competition in Boston, the Marie Baier Foundation Award and the Gold Medal in the Tape Recording Competition of the Piano Teachers Guild in New York in 1983.

After her New York debut appearance to great acclaim at Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall in 1988, Inna Heifetz has established a flourishing career that has taken her on tour to Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and the USA. She has performed in many American and European festivals including Senigallia and Portogruaro Festivals in Italy, Mannheim in Germany, Summit Festival and Summer in the Square '99 in New York. She has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Russian Chamber Orchestra, Boston Pops Orchestra, Liederkranz Orchestra of New York, Liszt Festival Symphony Orchestra, Ricercata de Paris, Musica Viva, and Boston University Symphony Orchestra. Critics call her playing "ingratiating" and "reverent of composer's style", her technique "ideal", her tone "softly colored".

Inna Heifetz performs in chamber music concerts with such artists as Natalia Zusman, Zung-Wan Wang, and Amira Acre. She has given master-classes and lectures at various festivals and schools in the USA, Italy, Germany and France.

Inna Heifetz records for Sonora Productions. Her recording of music by Alfred Schnittke was nominated for the 1998 AFIM (Independent Grammy) Awards. In a review of her debut recording of works by Franz Liszt a critic said: "She plays Liszt in close accordance to what … Liszt playing should be".

Source: Sonora Productions Website; Wikipedia Website (August 2010)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (September 2010)

Inna Heifetz: Short Biography | Recordings of Instrumental Works

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Sonora Productions - Artists: Inna Heifetz, piano

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