Margarita Shevchenko

Margarita Shevchenko

Offering our Festival daily open lessons, Chopin prize-winning pianist Margarita Shevchenko, a musician of "uncommon sensitivity and refinement," is one of the leading young pianists on the international concert platform today. She has been the recipient of the "Special Chopin Prize" at five competitions in addition to seven top prizes she has won at major international piano competitions in Europe, Japan and the United States. The New York Times noted "...the delicacy of her scurrying pianissimo passage work was exemplary..." and Cleveland's music critic Donald Rosenberg called her "a musician to cherish" who has won the hearts of audiences, critics and competition judges around the world.

Ms. Shevchenko has toured throughout the world, giving recital and concerto performances in the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Israel and South Africa. Highlights of her many orchestral appearances include performances with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Mendi Rodan and Cape Town Symphony under JoAnn Faletta, as well as the Polish National Philharmonic, Polish Radio Television Orchestra, the Ohio Chamber Orchestra, New Arts Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and the Hamamatsu Symphony Orchestra Japan, among others.

In 2013, among other appearances, Ms. Shevchenko performed with Vladimir Spivakov and the “Moscow Virtuosi” in Russia. She judged an International Paderewski Competition in Los Angeles in 2011 and served on a selection jury for the Cleveland International Competition. Ms. Shevchenko served on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2003-2010.

Her performances have been broadcast in Germany, Denmark, England, Russia, Poland and the USA. In 2000 she recorded a solo recital for NHK Television (Japan) in New York City's Steinway Hall. Her four CD's include a collection of Schubert works (Master Musicians, England, Cleveland Competition Winner's Recital, Live from Chopin Competition in Warsaw and Chopin Recital. The CD's were reviewed by John Bell Young, pianist and music critic of the American Record Guide, as "recordings that stand out as object lessons in musical intelligence and decorum."

Margarita Shevchenko has won top prizes at major international piano competitions including the Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw; Leeds International Piano Competition, England; Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (Outstanding Merit Prize) Japan; Goettingen International Piano Competition, Germany; UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria, South Africa, Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA; and the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Israel. In addition, she was honored to be the recipient of five Special Chopin Prizes at the competitions in Warsaw, Cleveland, Goettingen, Pretoria and Tel Aviv.

A native of Russia, Ms. Shevchenko resides in the United States. She started to play the piano at the age of 5 and made her debut with a symphony orchestra at the age of 12. She received her musical training at Moscow Central Music School, Moscow State Conservatory, where she received her Master of Music degree, and at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Ohio.