pianist Hanna Shybayeva, born in 1979 in Minsk, began her
piano-education at the age of 6. Through the years, Hanna transformed
from being a 'child prodigy' to the mature and exciting musician she is
today, praised by both public and press for her deep musical
interpretations, captivating energy, great sense of form and rich color
palette. Devoted to music in every form, Hanna enjoys her solo
performances as much as being a partner in both chamber and vocal music.
When Hanna was 18, she left her hometown in search of new possibilities
to learn and explore her talent. After having spent a year travelling
through Europe she settled in The Netherlands in 1999 to continue her
studies with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where
she graduated in June 2005 as Master of Music, with the highest
distinction. She won many prizes in Europe and the US and was awarded
grants from Unesco/New Names (Moscow), the G. Soros Foundation, the
Spivakov Foundation (Moscow), the Yuri Egorov Foundation (Amsterdam),
Yamaha Music Europe and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation of The
numerous performances include The Netherlands, her domicile, and
countries like Italy, Germany, Sweden, England, Ireland, The US and
Since 2008 Hanna has been a member of the New
European Ensemble, considered as one of the most innovative, vibrant
and versatile ensembles for New Music. Strongly influenced and inspired
by other genres like contemporary and jazz music Hanna forms since 2014
a piano duo together with Italian jazz pianist and composer Gianluca di
Ienno, titled “Pianologues”; this duo draws inspiration from modern,
classical and jazz repertoire, and refreshes existing music, through
interpretation, elaboration, improvisation and composition.
Hanna has recorded and released numerous, critically acclaimed, CD's.
She recorded for labels like Philips-Universal, ARS, Etcetera and
Brilliant Classics, bringing out versatile repertoire by Ravel,
Prokofiev, Chopin, Takemitsu, Shostakovich, Schubert and the complete
Etudes-Tableaux of Rachmaninov. Her duo CD 'Sounds of War' - with
violinist Maria Milstein - was highly praised by the international
press and was chosen as one of the five best classical albums of 2015
by the main Dutch newspaper NRC. The disk was awarded the Edison
Klassiek Award 2015 in the category Chamber Music. Hanna’s latest
solo-album, Let’s Dance, was the first LP which was recorded as live
direct-to-2-track analog vinyl at the famous Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg
(Germany). This live concert recording includes works by a.o.
Scarlatti, Chopin, Gershwin and Kapustin and is named by the press as
an 'album not to be missed'. In 2017 the recording was released on CD.
In 2008 Hanna participated in a documentary film-production based on
Prokofiev "The Unfinished Diaries", produced by Up Front Entertainment
Inc. in Canada.
Since 2013 Hanna has held a position as piano professor at the
International Anton Rubinstein Music Academy in Düsseldorf
/Conservatorio Giacomo Puccini La Spezia (Italy).
“….Shybayeva: vigorous and sensitive at the same time... “(De Leeuwarder Courant)
“…..-She brought the music to speak as only the really big artists can....”(Westdeutsche Zeitung)
“….Shybayeva holds one’s attention by the incredible beauty of her tone
and phrasing... It might draw tears from some listeners... (American
“….Exceptionally forceful, imaginative in colouring and thoroughly convincing... “(Dagblad Trouw)
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