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Anna Rabinova

Violinist Anna Rabinova performs nationally and internationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and recording artist. She joined the New York Philharmonic in 1994, two years after arriving in the United States from her native Russia; in the 2008–09 season she was a soloist with the Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, led by Lorin Maazel.

Rabinova has toured Germany, Italy, the former Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Bulgaria, performing concertos with the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra and numerous other European orchestras. They include the Halle Philharmonic, Schwerin Philharmonic, Moscow Radio Orchestra (Vladimir Fedoseev conducting), Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Eisenach Symphony, Russian State Symphony, and Berlin Symphony (Lior Shambadal conducting). In the United States, she has made solo appearances with the Orchestra of St. Luke's, American Symphony Orchestra (Leon Botstein conducting), and Memphis Symphony, among others, and has premiered works by John Corigliano and Alfred Schnittke.

As a recitalist, Rabinova has appeared in numerous halls, including the Shauspielhaus in Berlin, Tchaikovsky Philharmonie Hall in Moscow, and Moscow Conservatory Great Hall, as well as in venues in Rome, Leipzig, and Belgrade. In the U.S. she has performed at the Phillips Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Bargemusic, and on the Rockefeller University concert series. In April 2004 she served as concertmaster of the Lancaster (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra. Her festival performances have included appearances at the Schleswig Holstein, Berlin Chamber Music, and Long Island Mozart festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, and at Tanglewood and Caramoor.

Rabinova’s recordings include works by Schuman (for Germany’s Auris-Subtilis) and David Winkler’s Violin Concerto (Naxos); in 1998 she recorded sonatas by Brahms and Schubert for an NHK-TV (Japan) chamber series, which was broadcast worldwide and produced by Paul Smaczny. She has been interviewed and has performed on WLIW-TV in New York, as well as on German and Russian radio.

Anna Rabinova was born in Moscow and performed Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s Violin Concerto, and Paganini’s Violin Concerto with the Moscow State Symphony at the age of 13, later studying at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Leonid Kogan and Igor Bezrodnyi. She was a first-prize winner at the 16th International Violin Competition in Belgrade, in addition to winning the Bach International Competition in Leipzig, Germany, and the 1993 Concerto Competition at The Juilliard School. She has taught at the Gnessin Institute in Moscow, the Manhattan School of Music, and LaGuardia High School, in addition to giving master classes in the U.S. and abroad.

“Playing music reveals who I am without the need of the spoken word.”

Q&A with Anna Rabinova

THE FACTS: Born in Moscow, Russia. Bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Tchaikovsky Conservatory; Juilliard Professional Studies. Prior to the Philharmonic: solo performer. At the Philharmonic: Joined February 1994. Most recent recording: Strings in Swingtime, with Philharmonic colleagues, on Bridge Records.

EARLIEST MUSICAL MEMORY: Yehudi Menuhin playing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto at the Moscow Conservatory when I was seven. It was the most important experience of my childhood. The first piece of music I fell in love with was Mozart’s Don Giovanni — I sang all the arias while accompanying myself on piano. I came from a musical family: my mother was a piano teacher. I started playing the violin at age six — I was very small and the violin was small, so it was a good match from the beginning!

MOST IMPORTANT MUSICAL INFLUENCE? Violinist Gidon Kremer. I would go to his concerts when I was in high school in Moscow. His musicianship and unique interpretation of everything he played was amazing. I wanted to be like him.

MOST INSPIRING COMPOSER: Bach. Three centuries later, his music still fascinates philosophers and mathematicians as well as composers and musicians. I recently played a new Bach-inspired piece by Missy Mazzoli in London.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT WITH THE ORCHESTRA: The wonderful feeling of anticipation with my colleagues and Maestro Lorin Maazel on the airplane traveling to North Korea. I felt that we offered genuine goodwill for those with open hearts.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT BEING A MUSICIAN? I love being able to tap into the immense world of music written for violin. Through solo, chamber, and symphonic repertoire, I am able to express myself the most.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF NOT A MUSICIAN? A fiction writer or a detective — I like a good mystery!

WHAT DO YOU LIKE DOING OUTSIDE OF THE PHILHARMONIC? I enjoy spending time in nature, hiking in upstate New York, and discovering new places abroad with my boyfriend, Curtis, and daughter, Julia.

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