Described by Gramophone Magazine as embodying “superb pianism and intelligent musicianship” , Anna Tsybuleva shot into the international spotlight in 2015 when she was crowned First Prize Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition . She received wide critical acclaim for her winning performance, and was described as “A pianist of rare gifts: not since Murray Perahia’s triumph in 1972 has Leeds had a winner of this musical poise and calibre” (International Piano Magazine).
Now a regular performer in major cities worldwide, Tsybuleva’s early experiences were more modest. Born in 1990, she was raised in
Nizhny Arkhyz – a small village of approximately 500 inhabitants – in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic of Russia, where nature and the beauty of her surroundings proved a constant source of inspiration. These beginnings have served to feed directly into the development of her unique performance style today, which is one of captivating intimacy: drawing the listener into a private sphere of music-making in even the largest of concert halls.
Highlights of Tsybuleva’s 2019/2020 season include major international debuts in recital at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and Shanghai Oriental Arts Center , and as soloist with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia/Vladimir Spivakov . She will also make her debut concerto recording (Brahms Piano Concerto No.2, with DSO Berlin/James Conlon ), marking the first release of her exclusive recording contract with Signum Classics .
In recital, Tsybuleva has appeared on some of the greatest international stages, including Palais des Beaux-Arts , Philharmonie Luxembourg , Tonhalle Zürich , and the Wigmore Hall .
After graduating from the Moscow Conservatoire in 2014 with the coveted award for ‘Best Student’, Tsybuleva furthered her studies with Claudio Martínez-Mehner at the Hochschule für Musik Basel. During these two years, she developed her growing passion for Romantic repertoire of the German School, and won the Leeds International Piano Competition in 2015 with her captivating performance of Brahms Piano Concerto No.2, under the baton of Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé Orchestra . Tsybuleva has since combined her international performance career with a thirst for further knowledge, and has just completed post-graduate studies at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire.
Tsybuleva’s debut recital recording (Fantasien, released on Champs Hill, 2017) comprised piano fantasies by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven,
Schubert, and Brahms. It garnered universal praise in the media for its imaginative and carefully crafted programme, with reviews including:
“The playing of this magnetic young Russian artist is thoughtful, elegant, and exciting… I have long admired Sviatoslav Richter’s
take, but this new recording is even more satisfying for its broader approach” (Fanfare Magazine).
With her “energetic elan, bravura, and heart-on-sleeve communication” (International Piano Magazine),
Anna Tsybuleva is fast emerging as one of the finest pianists of her generation, “destined to become a world piano star” (APE Musicale, Italy).