INNA FALIKS

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Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. After acclaimed her 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 praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “Infusing every note with brilliance and personality,” (Hilton Head Competition Review), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun) and her “virtuosity, humor, lyricism and a way to make every note an important part of the texture of the music.” (Free Times, South Carolina). Her 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. Her new Beethoven CD was released in 2013 to rave reviews, and she also recorded solo and cello music of Chopin with cellist Wendy Warner on the International Chopin Project label, to be released in 2014. . Future recording projects also include a disc of commissioned piano works for her poetry-music series, Music/Words, as well as Brahms complete piano sonatas.

 

Inna Faliks has recently relocated from NYC to Los Angeles after receiving the coveted position of Associate Professor of Piano at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

 

Ms. Faliks’s distinguished performance career has taken her to thousands of 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 many important festivals such as Verbier, Brevard, Taos, IKIF at Mannes, Bargemusic, and Chautauqua. She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling” , a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. Her performance was described by Chicago Classical Music as “subtle and powerful, poised, beautiful, graceful and effortless.” She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Victor Yampolsky, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Fred Sherry, Gilbert Kalish, Tim Fain, Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, Movses Pogossian, and others. Ms. Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.

 

The 2013-14 season brought highly reviewed recitals in Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in the Fazioli Hall Concert Series, in Zipper Hall, Royce Hall and Schoenberg Hall, LA, a Guest Artist Residency in University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a performance in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Distinguished Alumni Series, and numerous return engagements in Memphis, Chicago, NYC, LA, and other major cities. Her 2012-13 season engagements included Newport Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, a tour of Canada, return engagements in Salle Cortot in Paris, with Minnesota Sinfonia, at the Peninsula Festival in Door County and at Baruch Performance Art Center in NYC. Next season, her performances include recital tours in Mexico and China.

 

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 went on to create a one-woman show, including Jewish composers and her own essays, performing at Baruch Performance Center’s “Solo in the City – Jewish Women, Jewish Stars” Festival in NYC. Ms. Faliks is the founder and curator of the LMCC award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words –www.musicwordsnyc.com . This poetry-music series goes into its 7th 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. The series has introduced collaborative performance with major poets and authors such as Vera Pavlova, Mark Levine and Jesse Ball, in collaboration with Poetry Foundation, as well as Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA.

 

Next year Faliks will premiere works especially written for Music/Words series, including a new commission by the Brazilian-American composer Clarice Assad, “Godai” for piano and recitation.

 

Faliks was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competition and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005.

 

Faliks’s teachers included Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Boris Petrushansky.

 

Ms. Faliks is represented by John Gingrich Managagment, Inc. – www.gingarts.com