Winner of the Leeds International Piano Competition (2015) – and holding top prizes from the International Gilels Piano Competition (2012), and Hamamatsu International Piano Competition (2012) – Anna Tsybuleva is fast emerging as one of the finest pianists of her generation.
Born in 1990 in provincial Russia, Tsybuleva took her first piano lessons with her mother. She continued her studies at the Central Music School of Moscow followed by the Moscow State Conservatoire, where she was a student of Lyudmila Roschina. After graduating in 2014 with the award for Best Student, she trained for two years at the Basel Music Academy with Claudio Martínez Mehner. Tsybuleva now combines her international career with post-graduate studies at the Moscow State Conservatoire.
As concerto soloist, Tsybuleva has performed with such orchestras as Basel Symphony, the Hallé, Mariinsky Theatre, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Her conductor collaborations to date include Sir Mark Elder, Michał Nesterowicz, and Yuri Temirkanov, amongst others. In recital, she has appeared at such venues as the Hong Kong Concert Hall, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Shanghai Grand Theatre, Tonhalle Zürich, and the Wigmore Hall.
Tsybuleva’s debut UK festival performance took place in 2016, when she was asked by Artistic Director Paul Lewis to play in his stead at the Chipping Camden International Music Festival; her rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 was described by Lewis as “a near-perfect balance of strutting exuberance and quiet poetry”.
Upcoming highlights of the 2017/2018 season include the Hallé/Sir Mark Elder (Ravel Concerto in G major), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic/Joshua Weilerstein (Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor), Oxford Philharmonic/Yuri Temirkanov (Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini), and an extensive summer tour with the Asian Youth Orchestra under James Judd.
In 2016, Tsybuleva appeared on the annual live recording of the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, performing works by Brahms and Reger. Her debut solo recording, Fantasien (Champs Hill, 2017) – a recital disc comprising piano fantasies by C.P.E. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms – garnered universal praise for its imaginative and carefully crafted programme, “abetted by Anna Tsybuleva’s superb pianism and intelligent musicianship” (Gramophone Magazine).