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Pianist Inna Faliks

Pianist Inna Faliks performs performs Shchedrin: Basso Ostinato, Mozart: Fantasie in D- minor, K. 397, Chopin:  Polonaise Fantasie, Opus 61, and Beethoven:  Eroica Variations and Fugue.

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative, and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks recently relocated from New York to Los Angeles, after being named the new Associate Professor of Piano at UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, where she also is Head of Piano. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 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), “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 WTTW called Faliks a “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. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier Library. Recording projects in the works include a Chopin solo and cello sonatas recording with cellist Wendy Warner, and a disc of commissioned piano works for her poetry-music series, Music/Words, with music of Clarice Assad, Ljova Zhurbin, and other young composers.

Program generously sponsored by the Hind Foundation.