Contestant 4: Galina Chistiakova
Despite phenomenal candidates in recent years, Top of the World has still not produced a Russian 1st prize winner. In 2013, though, many are expecting this to happen – one of the reasons being that Galina Chistiakova is taking part.
Galina was born in 1987 in Moscow into a musical family, and started her piano studies at 3 years of age, with her mother and Professor Helena Khoven. In 1993 she entered The Central Music School under the Moscow Conservatory, and studied with Professor Helena Khoven and Professor Anatoly Ryabov, with whom she finished The Central Music School in 2005.
During her school years, Galina won many prizes in both national and international competitions, namely “The 3rd Moscow International Chopin Competition for Young Pianists” (2000); “The 7th European Chopin Competition in Darmstadt” (2002); “The 2nd International Piano Competition in Memory of Emil Gilels”, (Odessa, 2003) and “The 3rd Scriabin International Piano Competition” (Moscow 2004).
In 2010 she finished The Moscow Conservatory, where she for 5 years had been under the guidance of “People’s Artist of Russia” ,Professor Mikhail Voskresensky. During her time there, she yet again became prizewinner of several international competitions. Among them, one finds the prestigious “Maria Callas Grand Prix 2008” (Athens, Greece); “10th Concourse Grieg – I.P.C.” (Oslo, Norway, 2009), “Andorra I.P.C.” (2010) and many others. In November 2011 she even won the 1st prize at “The 2nd International Piano Concerto Competition” in Shenzhen, China.
Galina was also awarded scholarships in many foundations: “Russian Performing Art”, “V. Spivakov’s Foundation”, “New Names” and “A. Scriabin Association”. She has also recorded compact discs with them. Currently, she is taking a postgraduate course at Moscow Conservatory (class of M.Voskresensky) and is studying at International Piano Academy, “Incontri col Maestro”, in Imola under professor Boris Petrushansky.
Galina has a large and various repertoire, which includes works of different style composers, from the baroque to romantic and modern periods. Except for solo, she also plays an active part in chamber music with different ensembles. The most frequent and permanent of them is a piano duet with her younger sister, Irina Chistiakova.
Since 2000 Galina has traveled intensely, playing solo concerts and with symphonic orchestras in both Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Belarus, Ukraine, Finland, Japan, Greece, Andorra, Spain, Monaco and Norway. She has also performed in various TV and Radio programs, and played a solo concert at the International festival “Biennale” in Greece. Galina has also been in the jury at youth competitions in Russia. She is a member of A.Scriabin Society in Moscow.
Click here to see Galina performing in the semi-final at Maria Canals, Barcelona.