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Anna Gourari
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Anna Gourari

Anna Gourari was born in Kazan, Russia, in 1972. She began piano lessons at the age of five, and from 1979 attended a special school for gifted children in her home town, studying with Kira Shashkina, the teacher of Mikhail Pletnev, and giving her first recital in the same year. Later she also received lessons from Vera Gornostaewa, a pupil of Neuhaus and teacher of Ivo Pogorelich. In 1990 Anna Gourari rnoved to Germany to study at the Munich Hochschule für Musik with Ludwig Hoffmann and Gitti Pirner. Her first piano recital in Germany took place in 1991 and her Paris debut followed a year later.

She has won several distinctions including the first prizes at the Kabalevsky Competition in Russia (1986) and the first International Chopin Competition in Gottingen (1990), a bursary from the Deutsche Stiftung des deutschen Volkes, the Staatliche Förderungspreis for young musicians (2000), the ECHO Klassik 2000 prize for promising young artists for her Scriabin album and the ECHO Klassik 2001 prize for Instrumentalist of the year for her recording of two piano concertos by Richard Strauss (365 712). Since March 2000 Anna Gourari has been under exclusive contract with KOCH Classics.

Anna Gourari performs at all the major musical venues and is regularly invited to perform with leading orchestras and at international festivals. Her triumphant progress across the international stage is reflected by Europe-wide concert tours and collaboration with eminent conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Sir Colin Davis and Ivan Fischer. Her special interest in 20th-century music is shown in her numerous recordings of works by Prokofiev, Zemlinsky, Hindemith, Bartok and Poulenc, and by contemporary composers such as Bialas, Hiller, Gubaidulina and Shchedrin.

Invincible is her first acting role.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Anna Gourari Facts

BirthplaceKazan, Russia

Selected Filmography

Not available.