Eleonora Karpukhova is a Russian pianist, winner of numerous international competitions and a pedagogue at the Moscow State Conservatoire. She was born in 1976 in Kazan (Russia) and began her musical studies at the age of 5. She studied at the Kazan Special Music School under Kira Shashkina and, in 1992 - 1995, at the Central Special Music School of the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire under Prof. Valeri Kastelsky. In 2000, Eleonora graduated from the Moscow Conservatoire with honours. She successfully combined her studies with recitals in Russia and abroad. Eleonora completed her music education in 2003 as a probation assistant under Prof. Mikhail Voskresensky.
While being a student, she won numerous international competitions including the Citta di Senigallia International Competition in 1996.
Eleonora convincingly confirmed her complete professionalism in 2002 by winning the 18th Varallo Sessia International Competition in Italy and the 29th Dr. Luis Sigall International Piano Competition in Chile. "The final round of the music competition in Vina del Mar was a phenomenal event", wrote the Domingo newspaper. "An exceptional performance of Mozart's concerto No. 20 in D minor by Eleonora Karpukhova got the audience into blissfulness and tranquillity".
Further performances also brought her winning titles. In 2004, Eleonora won the Zlatko Grgosevich Competition in Zagreb, Croatia (Second Prize) and the Jose Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon, Portugal.
Eleonora Karpukhova regularly performs in Russia, Ukraine, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Chile and Portugal.
Her concerts in the Maly Hall and Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, Salle Cortot in Paris, Saal Gasteig in Munich, Teatro "Gil Vicente" in Coimbra, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian in Lisbon and philharmonic halls of Kiev, Kazan, Donetsk, Kharkov and other cities have always been very successful.
Moscow pianists long esteemed Eleonora for a harmonic combination of strong will, warm emotions, inspiration and naturalness of her performing style.
Eleonora has vast experience of performing with an orchestra. She played numerous concerts with Orquestra Sinfonica de Chile, Orquestra Fundacao Gulbenkian, Orquestra Metropolitana, Orquestra de Algarve. etc.
Eleonora Karpukhova actively cooperates with such famous conductors as Sergei Soldatov, Yuri Yanko, Alvaro Cassuto, David del Pino Klinge, Francesco Lentini, Daniel Nazareth and Michael Zilm.
Victor Ginsburg is a performer and piano professor, Honored Artist of Russia. He was born in Moscow. In 1976, he graduated from Moscow Conservatory (Yakov Milstein's class). Since 1980, he has a piano class there. There are all kinds of musical specialists among his students - pianists, musicologists, and composers…
His creative activities started in 1978. Since then he constantly gives concerts in Russia and abroad as a soloist and in ensemble with the well-known musicians.
He performed in such Russian cities as Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, N.Novgorod, Novossibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, and abroad - in Finland, France, Germany, Turkey etc.
The pianist held concerts in the halls of Moscow Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Hall, and International Hall of Music, Bosendorfer Hall (Vienna), Gasteig Hall (Munich), and Palace Finlandia (Helsinki). Chamber music is an important part of Victor Ginsburg's professional activities.
It's worth standing out his long collaboration with People's Artist of Russia Alexander Rudin. They have played many famous and also rarely performed works for cello and piano.
Victor Ginsburg's repertoire embraces wide and various range of music. It includes the works of J.-S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Frank, Liszt, Debussy, Strauss, Martinu, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schedrin, and others.
The radio and television records include the pianist's works. His records were released by various labels in Russia and abroad.