Violina Petrychenko

piano, artistic director

Violina Petrychenko comes from Ukraine. She was born in Zaporizhia into a musical family, where she began playing the piano at the age of 6.

She studied piano and musicology as her main subjects at the Music Gymnasium in Zaporizhia. Initially, her focus was more on the academic side. In this regard, she participated in international conferences as well as piano competitions.

At the age of 12, she took part in the International Prokofiev Competition, and at 16, her first theoretical work was published. She successfully obtained both diplomas with honors.

Nevertheless, Violina began her studies in piano at the National Tchaikovsky Music Academy of Ukraine in Kyiv. Since 2007, she studied at the Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar and later at the University of Music and Dance Cologne under the guidance of Prof. Jacob Leuschner.

Violina is currently completing her studies in the class of Prof. Evgueni Sinaiski at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. She has also participated in master classes with Peter Nagy, Ferenz Rados, Jeffry Swann, Evgeny Skovorodnikov, Bernd Götzke, Konrad Elser, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

Additionally, Violina has received numerous awards, scholarships, and grants from various organizations, including the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Franz Liszt University of Music Weimar, the New Liszt Foundation Weimar, Klassik Foundation Weimar, Anna-Ruths Foundation, the City of Cologne, Werner Richard - Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation, and Theodor-Rogler Foundation.

She has been awarded the DAAD Prize and the Folkwang Prize in the field of music for her outstanding academic and artistic achievements. She received a diploma at the Rosario Marciano Competition and won the Audience Prize at the Medenus Competition.

The artist has an extensive concert career. She has performed in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Austria, Spain, the Czech Republic, and Ukraine. Violina has played several times for Deutschlandradio Kultur, as well as MDR and WDR radio and television. She has participated in various festivals, including the Bayreuth Piano Festival, Euro Music Festival, Rösrath Piano Festival, Klangwelten (Bad Ahrweiler), Alt Kainacher Musiktage (Austria), Euregio Festival (Germany), Palermo Classica (Italy) "Virtuosy" and "Contrasts" (Lviv, Ukraine). In 2016, the Museum of Lacquer Art (BASF) in Münster presented Violina Petrychenko with her own concert series.

A significant portion of her concerts is dedicated to chamber music and accompanying vocalists. In 2011, she founded the duo Kiol with saxophonist Kirstin Niederstraßer. Violina Petrychenko also performs in chamber music ensembles such as Duo Adamé (clarinet, piano) and Trio Sérénade (clarinet, violin, piano).

Furthermore, she is involved in the study of historical keyboard instruments. She has given numerous concerts at venues such as the City Palace and Franz Liszt's residence in Weimar, and the Castle Museum in Sondershausen.

Violina embraces the Ukrainian cultural tradition and seeks to popularize it. She has recorded three CDs to date. In 2014, her solo CD featuring piano works by A. Skryabin and first recordings of Ukrainian composer V. Kosenko was released by ARS. The CD received high critical acclaim and sparked further exploration of Ukrainian classical music. Her CD "Ukrainian Moods" was released in November 2015. Since 2016, she has been focused on

 the works of Vasyl Barvinsky and considers it her mission to make his name known once again.

In 2017, she released the CD "The Silenced Voice of Vasyl Barvinsky," which was the first recording of his piano works. To commemorate his anniversary year in 2018, she performed a series of concerts in Europe and Ukraine. She played at the Lviv National Philharmonic, Khmelnytskyi National Philharmonic, Ivano-Frankivsk National Philharmonic, Chernivtsi Philharmonic, and Lviv National Opera. Some concerts were supported by the Ukrainian consulates in Germany and France. She received an official acknowledgment from the Consulate General of Ukraine for her efforts in popularizing Ukrainian culture and the music of Vasyl Barvinsky. This year, two CDs by Violina  ("Passion for Ukraine" and "Mrii-Ukrainian Hope") were nominated for the Opus Klassik in four categories.

In addition to her career as a concert pianist, Violina Petrychenko teaches private piano lessons in Cologne and serves as a jury member for the international piano competition for modern music "CONCOURS - FESTIVAL RÉPERTOIRE PIANISTIQUE MODERNE."

Experience Violina Petrychenko at the following concerts