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Irina Nuzova

Critics have applauded classical pianist Irina Nuzova for her “rise above mere virtuosity” (The Washington Post), “intensity of feeling” (La Nazione, Italy), “insightful piano playing” (Classical Music Magazine) and “profound interpretation” (Il Resto de Carlino, Bologna).

Nuzova has appeared in recital as a soloist and as a chamber musician in the United States, Europe, and South America. In Europe, she has performed in the Amici della Musica concert series in Florence; at the Teatro Massima in Catania, Italy; the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg; the Moscow Conservatory; and in the Netherlands. In the United States, she has played at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York; and in chamber music series including the Rhode Island Chamber Music Concert Series and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. In recital with Wendy Warner, Nuzova has among others performed at the Music Institute of Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., and in the Rockefeller tri-Institutional series in New York City.

Nuzova kicked off the 2010-2011 season with her WarnerNuzova duo’s debut release: Russian Music for Cello & Piano on Cedille Records.  Warner and Nuzova have played together for years, but officially formed the duo in 2008 with the intention of performing and recording the canonical sonatas for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. Their first album covers romantic Russian works featuring the rarely performed Sonata in A Minor by Nikolai Miaskovsky – the first recording on American soil by an American label – and Sergei Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor. Also included are works by Alfred Schnittke, Alexander Scriabin and Sergei Prokofiev.  Nuzova considers the Miaskovsky sonata a “rare gem,” adding that she likes to flip the Russian maxim which reads: “All is not gold that glitters,” to say “Something that does not glitter can still be gold” in regards to the composer and this sonata in particular.  Says Nuzova, “The sonata’s pervasive, nostalgic quality speaks to the Russian soul and mind, but it is subtle and subdued in its expression, and absolutely jewel-like in its clarity and simplicity.”

Selected season appearances include solo recitals at the Phillips Collection, Rockefeller University, The Netherlands; and - in addition to her performances as the pianist of the WarnerNuzova duo --  chamber ensemble recitals in Toronto, various venues in New York, the National Gallery of Art, and the Phillips Collection.  

Also the recipient of the Bruce Hungerford Award at the Young Concert Artist Auditions in New York, Nuzova has won top prizes in competitions such as the Vincenzo Bellini and Citta di Senigallia International Competitions in Italy and the Beethoven Piano Sonata International Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. As a chamber musician, she has won recognition at the Vittorio Gui and the Premio Trio di Trieste International Chamber Music Competitions in Italy. Nuzova’s performances have been broadcast live on WFMT in Chicago, WGBH in Boston, and Italian TV.

A native of Moscow, Russia, Nuzova made her debut with the Omsk Philharmonic at the age of 14. She studied at the Gnessin Academy of Music under the guidance of Alexander Satz before moving to the United States. She continued her musical education at the Manhattan School of Music with Lev Natochenny, and at Juilliard where her teachers were Oxana Yablonskaya and Jerome Lowenthal.  To further herself as a musician she worked for many years in the cello studio of Harvey Shapiro at Juilliard and pursued individual studies with pianists Jean-Bernard Pommier, Eteri Andjaparidze, and Vladimir Feltsman. Nuzova earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, Connecticut), and regularly gives lecture recitals at schools and public institutions.