Hanna Shybayeva


“….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 Record Guide)
“….Exceptionally forceful, imaginative in colouring and thoroughly convincing… “(Dagblad Trouw)

Hanna Shybayeva started her international career at the age of eleven and grew over the years from a “child prodigy” into the mature and fascinating pianist she is today, praised by the press and the public for her musical and idiosyncratic interpretations, her energy and the wealth of her color palette; the soloist role gives her as much satisfaction as performing as a chamber music partner.

At a young age, Hanna won many prizes at international competitions in Europe and the US and had a busy schedule participating in festivals and giving solo recitals and concert performances with orchestras. Hanna has been heard in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the US and Canada and she has performed, among others, in the Robeco Summer Series in Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Yamaha Concert Series in New York and Germany, Beethoven Festival Bonn.

Hanna is regularly invited to festivals such as Festival Classique The Hague, Oranjewoud Festival, International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht, Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, Arte Amanti Belgium, Festival van Vlaanderen Belgium, Festival 20/21 in Leuven, Festival Ticino Musica Italy, George Enescu Festival Bucharest, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Sound Of Stockholm Festival, Barletta Piano Festival Italy, La Grange aux Pianos France, New Music Week Shanghai, Forte Music Fest Almaty.

Since 2008, Hanna has been a member of the New European Ensemble, which is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and dynamic ensembles for new music. In the same year, Hanna starts a chamber music project “Symphony in the Chamber”, together with the Ysaye String Trio, a project that focuses on arrangements of historical chamber music of symphonic works.

Hanna had the privilege of working closely with professors such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Ferenc Rados and Naum Grubert, who strongly influenced her musical development. She studied with professor Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she obtained her diploma with the highest distinction.

Hanna has about ten well-received CDs to her name, on labels such as Philips-Universal, Etcetera and Brilliant Classics and Grand Piano, including the complete Etudes-Tableaux by S. Rachmaninov and works by Schubert, Shostakovich and Chopin and Toru Takemitsu. The album ‘Sounds of War’ with violinist Maria Milstein was chosen by the NRC as one of the five best classical albums of 2015 and won an Edison Classical in the ‘Chamber Music’ category in the same year.

In 2016, Hanna released her first LP which was recorded as live ‘direct-to-2-track’ analogue vinyl at the legendary Bauer Studios Ludwigsburg (Germany). She is the first classical musician to participate in the Studio Konzert Limited Edition vinyl series from Bauer Studios/NEUKLANG. This live concert recording features works by Couperin, Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin and Kapustin and was called an ‘unmissable album’ by the press. The same program is also available as a CD album, released by ARS Production in 2017.

In 2019, Hanna started a collaboration with Naxos Music Group to record the complete piano concertos of L. van Beethoven in the arrangement for piano and string quintet by Vinzenz Lachner. The first CD of this project with piano concertos nos. 3 & 4 was recorded with the Utrecht String Quartet and Luis Cabrera (double bass). The second album contains Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 2 (arranged for piano trio by the composer himself) and in the fall of 2021 Hanna completed this project with the release of the third CD with piano concertos Nos. 2 & 5. These last two albums were recorded with Animato Quartet and Bas Vliegenthart on double bass.

Hanna has been a dedicated pedagogue for many years and is a piano teacher at the International Anton Rubinstein Academy in Düsseldorf (Germany) and the Kalaidos Hochschule in Zurich (Switzerland). She is also a piano major at the Conservatory of Amsterdam (Netherlands).

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