Harpsichord-, piano-, hammer-clavier-, historical piano- and continuo-player
Prize-winner at the PRAGUE SPRING Harpsichord Competition (Czech Republic) – a leading music competition of the World Federation Music Competitions
Winner of the BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ FOUNDATION PRIZE for best performance of the ‘Concerto for Harpsichord and Small Orchestra’ composed by B. Martinů
Winner of the WANDA LANDOWSKA Harpsichord Competition (Italy)
SENIOR LECTURER for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria)
PERFORMER with the A&A CEMBALO DUO
REVIEWS OF ANNA KISKACHI'S PERFORMANCES
“We didn't expect that the harpsichord could render such emotive and hot-blooded music”
“Her distinctive and recognizable style, torrid emotionality, profound sound,and intriguing and unexpected musical conceptions are what makes her harpsichord speak and her concerts a fascinating tour de force.”
“...la charismatique claveciniste...“ Ouest France, French Newspaper
“… Anna Kiskachi completely steals the show with her virtuosic performance … moving from the small Italian to a larger two-manual French harpsichord for the occasion. This really was a show-stopping performance, full of dramatic and well-timed pauses." Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews
“Just grandiose…” Augsburger allgemeine, German newspaper
“I have not experienced such a fascinating concert for a long time“ Westphalian News, German Newspaper
"A. Kiskachi managed (in Royers “Vertigo“) to get furious and rich sounds out of her instrument … before returning seconds later to finer sounds" Augsburger Allgemeine, German newspaper
CONCERT ACTIVITY and RADIO RECORDINGS
Anna's RECENT CONCERT APPEARANCES have been at venues such as:
Great Hall of TrivoliVredenburg in Utrecht
Moscow International House of Music
Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Zaryadye - Hall
and many others...
Anna has recently PARTICIPATED IN PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVALS including:
Utrecht Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festval (Holland)
Musica Antiqua Brugge (Belgium)
Resonanzen – Festival (Austria)
Styriarte – die steirischen Festpiele (Austria)
Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Austria)
Clavecin en France (France)
AMIA – amis de la musique sur instruments ancienc (France)
Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan)
New Virtuosi (Great Britain) Bach Festival (Poland)
Neuburger Barockkonzerte (Germany)
and many others...
Anna has RECEIVED GREAT ACCLAIM FOR HER CONCERTS as a soloist, with the A&A cembalo duo, and as a continuo-player in countries as diverse as:
Russia, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Finland, Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, and Japan
Anna has COLLABORATED WITH PRESTIGIOUS ORCHESTRAS including:
Orchestra of Salzburg Philharmonie
Orchestra, “Les Orpheistes” (Vienna)
Haydn Orchestra (Bolzano)
Anna has COLLABORATED WITH WELL-KNOWN MUSICIANS such as:
Julia Lezhneva, Michi Gaigg, soloists of the Moscow baroque ensemble Pratum Integrum, Ensemble NEObarock (winner of the prestigious music award ECHO) and has participated in programs with Moscow and Salzburg Philarmonie and Haydn Fondazione (Bolzano, Italy).
With harpsichordist Anastasia Antonova, Anna FOUNDED THE ACCLAIMED A&A CEMBALO DUO in 2011, the only Russian harpsichord Duo. The Duo’s unique and extravagant performances have been enthusiastically endorsed by audiences across Europe, Russia and Japan. The A&A cembalo duo made their U.S. debut in 2019 at Capriccio Baroque.
Since 2012 Anna has been an INVITED ARTIST AT ACCADEMIA VILLA BOSSI (Italy).
In 2019 Anna became a SENIOR LECTURER for harpsichord and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria).
Anna Kiskachi’s PERFORMANCES HAVE BEEN BROADCAST by Russian Culture TV and European raio stations such as Radio Österreich 1, Orpheus, Radio Russia, Russian World foundation (Russia), Deutschlandfunk, WDR 3, Bayrischer Rundfunk (Germany), Český rozhlas (Czech Republic). These have met with critical acclaim by reviewers in Germany, Austria, Italy, Russia.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
Anna has been a laureate and prize winner at numerous prestigious international competitions, including:
- WANDA LANDOWSKA International Competition in Italy (First Prize)
- PRAGUE SPRING International Competition, where she also was awarded the special prize for “best performance of ‘Concerto for Harpsichord with Orchestra’ composed by B. Martinů”
- SVIREL International Harpsichord Competition in Slovenia – award given to A&A cembalo duo
- OSAKA International Competition in piano nomination in Japan
- SAN BARTOLOMEO International Competition in Italy
- MUSICA CLASSICA International Competition in chamber-music in Russia
- International IBLA Grand Prize Competition in Italy where she also received the “Special Prize for Talent”
Born in Moscow (Russia), Anna Kiskachi began to play the piano at just three years of age. She was already garnering prizes at children's and youth competitions and festivals during her school years. She also received scholarships from the New Names and Vladimir Spivakov International Charity Foundation. Anna’s Russian and European-based education are reflected in her playing and performance art.
Anna graduated from the leading universities of Russia and Europe with the highest honors:
- Moscow State Conservatoire studying with Prof. Olga Filippova (harpsichord), Prof. Alexei Lubimov (hammer-clavier and historical piano), Prof. Michael Dubov (piano);
- Mozarteum University in Salzburg studying with Prof. Florian Birsak (harpsichord);
- University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna studying with Prof. Wolfgang Glüxam;
- High School of Music and Theatre München (Germany) studying with Prof. Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord and historically informed performance).
- High School of Music and Dance Cologne (Germany) studying with Prof. Michael Borstede (harpsichord)
Anna has also participated in master-classes with renowned musicians, including K. Haugsand, S. Sempe, P. Hantai,
Chr. Rousset, B. Rannou, S. Henstra, B. Rannou, P. Ayrton, and M. Mencoboni.
ACTIVITY AS AN ART-DIRECTOR
Beside her performing activities, Anna Kiskachi has devised and directed the theatre-music project The Muse and the Fashion («Муза и мода») – a cycle of thematic music-theatre programs with involvement of musicians and actors from Russia, Austria, Germany, Italy and China. This highly successful project was featured at the Concert-Theatre hall in Yausa Castle, at the State Historical Museum on Red Square and at the Theatre-Concert hall of Kolomenskoe-estate (Moscow, Russia) over the course of several years.