Winner of the first prize, audience prize and best performance of compulsory piece at the 3rd Sussex International Piano Competition, Russian pianist Varvara Tarasova has just released her first CD of Brahms and Schumann with Champs Hill Records. She has also found success at competitions including the 21 Concorso International De Piano Rotary Club Palma Ramon Llull, the PIANALE International Academy and Competition, and received the Hopkinsons Gold Medal at the Chappell Medal Competition in London.
Varvara has recently graduated with an Artist Diploma from the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Dina Parakhina, and also received her Masters in Performance, supported by Sir Roger and Lady Carr Soirée d’Or. Varvara also received a post-graduate degree from Moscow State Conservatory with Elena Kuznetsova.
Varvara has performed across Europe, the USA, Brazil and Russia, and concerto performances include the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra under Misha Rakhlevkiy, the Symphonic Orchestra of the State St Petersburg Glinka Capella with Alexander Chernushenko, the Russian Chamber Orchestra under Konstantin Orbelian and the Worthing Symphony Orchestra and Northampton Symphony Orchestra with John Gibbons.
Festival appearances include the Torre de Canyamel Piano Festival in Mallorca, and the Rheingay Music Festival in Germany. Varvara also has a distinguished solo career, having given recitals at venues including the Royal Albert Hall Elgar Room and Steinway Hall and the Great Hall at Moscow State Conservatory. A particular highlight was Varvara’s full recreation of a Clara Schumann concert involving solo and duo performance as well as accompanying as part of the international conference ‘German Song Onstage 1770-1914’ at the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall.
Varvara has a longstanding collaboration with the Yamaha Artistic Centre, and this autumn will beperforming as part of their Silent Piano series. Her work with the St Petersburg “House of Music” hasgiven her many international engagements, including in Spain, Portugal, Sweden and Luxembourg.