Inna Faliks, Piano
Guest Soloist (July 30-31, 2016) - Wintergreen Festival Orchestra
Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks recently relocated from NYC to Los Angeles, after being named the new Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. After her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 15, acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Critics call her “a concert pianist of the highest order” (Chicago WTTW), praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn). Other critics laud her “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition) “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture.) Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics is drawing rave reviews: the disc’s preview on on WTTW called Faliks “High priestess of the piano, pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.” Her previous, critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel.
Ms. Faliks has performed numerous recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, as well as Russia. She has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in major venues such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in numerous important festivals such as Verbier, Brevard, Taos, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua. She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Anne Harrigan, Jed Gaylin, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Nathaniel Rosen, Nina Beilina and others.
Committed to innovative programming, rarely heard and new music, as well as audience communication and education, Faliks has premiered 13 Ways of Looking at the Goldberg, variations by acclaimed contemporary composers, on Bach’s Aria, at LACMA, Los Angeles; she gave the New York premiere of the work at Bargemusic and the Chicago premiere on WFMT radio. Ms. Faliks performed and recorded the unknown piano works of Russian poet Boris Pasternak, presenting his music at lecture recitals in conjunction with the University of Chicago. At the Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies, she presented “Three Jewish Composers – Three Centuries”, giving the North American premiere of Ilya Levinson’s Shtetle Suite and the world premiere of Lev Ljova Zhurbin’s Sirota for piano and historical recording, written for her.
She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competition and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. Ms. Faliks is the founder and curator of the LMCC award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Wordswww.musicwordsnyc.com This poetry-music series goes into its 5th NYC season, and has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant … she played with her signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture) Her long standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to yearly broadcasts of Music/Words, which she produces.
Ms. Faliks’s teachers included Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Boris Petrushansky. This year, she joined the illustrious faculty of UCLA, Herb Albert School of Music, as Professor of Piano.
Ms. Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.