Concerts & Events

ANNA KISKACHI – ‘JUPITER’

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JUPITER – GOD OF SKY AND THUNDER​

PART I: THE APPALLING MYSTERY

~ Celestial Might ~

G. F. Handel (1685 – 1759)
Jupiter’s Aria: “Ah, take heed what you press”

N – P. Royer (1705 – 1755)
Vertigo, g-moll

F. M. Lopez (1742 – 1821)
Fandango d-moll

~ Magnificence ~

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Cello Suite Nr. 2, d-moll               [Transcription for harpsichord by A. Kiskachi]
Chromatic Fantasia and fugue, d-moll

~ Ghastly Fearfulness ~

G. Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Passacaglia Ungherese

J – B. Forqueray (1672 – 1745)
Jupiter                                                                [Transcription for harpsichord by J-B. Forqueray]

PART II: THE INTRIGUING MYSTERY

~ Spiritual Enchantment ~

A. Scarlatti (1660 – 1725)
Aria “Agitata da fiera procella” from ‘Griselda’

D. Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)
Sonata A-dur, K.208

F. Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Les Fastes de la grande et ancienne Mxnxstrxndxsx /“The Annals of the Great & Venerable Guild of ‘Minstrelsy” 

First Act: The notables and the Minstrel jury

Second Act: The hurdy-gurdy players and the beggars

Third Act: Jugglers, tumblers, and tight-rope dancers, with bears & monkeys

Fourth Act: Invalids, or those crippled in the service of the Great Minstrelsy

 Fifth Act: Confusion and rout of the whole troupe caused by the drunkards, the monkeys & the bears

~ Transcendence ~

J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
Prelude from Lute Suite c-moll

P. Wajsar (1978 -)
Harpsycho

ANNA KISKACHI

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

CONCERT ACTIVITY and RADIO RECORDINGS

Anna’s RECENT CONCERT APPEARANCES have been at venues such as: 

Konzerthaus Vienna

Great Hall of TrivoliVredenburg in Utrecht

Moscow International House of Music

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Concertgebouw Brugge

Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory

Moscow Philarmonie-Hall

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)
Collegium 1704 

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 1Orpheus, 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” 

EDUCATION

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.