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Hanna Shybayeva

By winning both the first and the superprize at the YPF National Piano Competition in 2001 in Amsterdam, Hanna Shybayeva (1979, Minsk/Belarus) proved to belong to the top of the new generation of pianotalent in The Netherlands. The jury expressed its admiration for her musical involvement and technical control, and soon afterwards, PHILIPS-Universal released her new CD, which was highly regarded in the Dutch national press.

Initially studying at the Belarus Music Academy in Minsk, she won prizes at international competitions from very early age, beginning in 1990 with the first prize at the International Casale Monferrato Piano Competition (Italy). She was eleven at the time. More prizes would soon follow:

* National Piano Competition of Belarus (1990: 2nd prize)
* International Bach Competition, Leipzig (1992: 5th+special prize)
* International Piano Competition Belgrad (1994: 2nd prize)
* International Competition Carlo Soliva, Italy (1996: 2nd prize)
* International Competition A.Casagrande, Italy (1996: special prize)
* International Scheveningen Music Competition, Holland (1997: 5th prize)
* International Music Competition, Porto (1999: 4th prize)
* YPF National Piano Competition, Amsterdam (2001: 1st+super prize)
* International Piano-e-competition, US (2004: 5th prize)

At various stages in her academic studies, she received awards from Unesco/New Names (Moscow), the Spivakov Foundation (Moscow), the Yuri Egorov Foundation (Amsterdam) and the Yamaha Music Foundation Europe.

In 1999, Hanna Shybayeva came to The Netherlands in order to conclude her academic studies with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. Her first CD was released in 2000, and was broadcast in its entirety on Dutch Radio-4 (classical) . Since then, she has given numerous recitals, was invited to perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" at the formal opening of the Ilya Repin Grand Exhibition in the Groningen Museum, performed with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and was invited to perform at the International Music Fair (Frankfurt, 2003). In between, she followed masterclasses with such eminent mentors as John O'Connor, Eugen Indjiš, Murray Perahia and Igor Roma. Her public masterclass with Emanuel Ax was broadcast on Dutch national TV. In June 2004, Hanna Shybayeva won the fifth prize at the International Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis (US). Her performances included S.Prokofief's Third Pianoconcerto with the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. In August 2004, she performed at the well-known 'Prinsengracht Concert', an annual classical-music event which is broadcast on Dutch national TV. In addition to her solo-recitals and concerts, Hanna Shybayeva also forms a piano-duo with the pianist Yevgeni Sinaiski, with whom she performs both in Holland and abroad.

In 2004, Hanna Shybayeva has been awarded a grant from the prestigeous Prins Bernhard Cultural Foundation in The Netherlands.


For information on bookings, repertoire, ordering CD's, or other inquiries regarding Hanna Shybayeva , please contact:

Alex Philipse

tel: +31 70 3523561
fax: +31 70 3223367
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