Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker and “poetic” by Time Out New York, Ukrainian-born, New York City based pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most passionately committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. After her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 15, acclaimed by the Chicago Tribune, 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 CD on MSR Classics, Sound of Verse, was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel, receiving excellent reviews from Gramophone, American Record Guide, and other music publications.
Ms. Faliks has performed numerous recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, as well as Russia, where Faliks toured in 2008 under the invitation of Goskonzert. 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 (has appeared for the past 6 seasons as a solo recitalist), Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot (multiple appearances), Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall and in numerous important festivals such as Verbier, Brevard, Taos, Bargemusic (multiple appearances), and Chautauqua. She has played concerti under the batons of many conductors including Leonard Slatkin, Keith Lockhart, Edward Polochick, Daniel Meyer, Anne Harrigan, Jed Gaylin, and many others. Her chamber music partnerships include work with Ilya Kaler, Colin Carr, Wendy Warner, Nathaniel Rosen, Nina Beilina and others. Ms. Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.
Ms. Faliks’ 2010-11 appearances include solo recitals in Canada, in Boston, in New York, Chicago, LA, Memphis, as well as concerti with Idaho Falls Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony and the Peninsula Festival Orchestra. In 2009-10, Faliks appeared in venues such as Le Poisson Rouge, International Keyboard Festival at Mannes, Embassy Series in Washington DC, on radio broadcast recitals in Chicago, NYC, Boston, as guest artist at the Liszt Garrison International Festival in Baltimore, and in solo performances in Germany, and in an Artist residency at Haverford College. Other 2008-09 appearances included recitals at Rockefeller University in New York, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, at Pianoforte Chicago Series, on WFMT live performance series with cellist Wendy Warner and a live broadcast recital from LACMA’s Sundays Live in Los Angeles, concerti with the Topeka Symphony, Concert Artists of Baltimore, Augustana Arts, and Highland Park Strings, recitals at the Shandelee Festival, as well as in South Carolina, in Arkansas, in Mississippi. She is a regular recitalist in Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess and Jewel Box Series. Recent appearances also include performances with the South Carolina Philharmonic and in Bonn, Germany.
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 the Art and Music Series in 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.
Ms. Faliks is the founder and curator of the LMCC award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words – www.musicwordsnyc.com. Now in its third season, Music/Words features live poetry and classical music performances in NYC. In April 2010 and 2011, Faliks produced and performed in two month-long series of Music/Words broadcasts on WFMT radio, a station that frequently features Faliks and highlights her performances. Faliks is a featured performer at the Streaming Museum, a global online multimedia arts space; her performance has been selected by BBC to be showcased across the UK in 17 locations. She is a former member of the piano faculty of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago.
She was the winner of many prestigious competitions, including the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. Other prizes include first prizes in Hilton Head International Competition, Grand prize in St. Charles International Competition, 2nd prize in the Val Tidone International Piano Competition, First Prize in the National Federation of Music Clubs Competition, and 1st prize in the Yale Gordon Competition at the Peabody. Earlier competition prizes include winning the Chopin Kosciuszko Competition, MTNA Yamaha National Competition, and Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, among others.
Ms. Faliks holds an Artist Diploma from the prestigious Accademia Pianistica Internazionale, where she studied with Boris Petrushansky. She recently received her Doctorate at Stony Brook University, studying with Gilbert Kalish. Her other teachers include Leon Fleisher and Ann Schein at Peabody Conservatory. Ms. Faliks moved to the United States at age 10 from Odessa, Ukraine, where her mother Irene was her first teacher. She studied and later was assistant to renowned teacher Emilio del Rosario.
Ms. Faliks is represented by John Gingrich Managagment, Inc. – www.gingarts.com