Meet Anastasia Rizikov

At age seven, Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov made her orchestral debut with the National Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, conducted by Mykola Diadiura. Now 15, Anastasia is already showing signs of being “one to watch”.  She is currently performing numerous solo concerts and orchestral works in major US and Canadian cities. She had an honor to collaborate with Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, Orchestra London Canada, Baleares Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic, just to name a few.

Bernhard Gueller, Shalom Bard, Alain Trudel, Boris Brott, Nan Washburn and Salvador Brotons are among the conductors Anastasia had an honor to work with. In 2013, Anastasia had her 2,5 week long Debut Atlantic concert tour along Canada’s Atlantic coast.

Anastasia won first place in all the following international competitions: the 13th «Giuliano Pecar» International Prize for Piano Interpretation Competition ( “35 and under” age category), in Gorizia, Italy, (November, 2013); the Rotary International Piano Competition (Senior Division up to 28 years old) in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (May, 2011); the Thousand Islands International Piano Competition for Young People (Cape Vincent, USA, 2010); the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2009), which lead to a Carnegie Hall debut; and the Vladimir Horowitz International Young Pianists Competition in Ukraine (2006), among others. Nationally, Anastasia won first place in both the Canadian Chopin Competition (2010), leading to an appearance at a gala winners’ concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto;  and the Canadian Music Competition (2007).

What can one say about a phenomenon of nature? I am convinced that 12-year-old Canadian pianist Anastasia Rizikov is actually a 40-year-old woman trapped in a child’s body. Deadly talented and mature beyond her years…
— Tony Villecco

Anastasia is adept at giving interviews in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, newspapers, radio or television.  She studies with award-winning Master of Music Maia Spis, teacher at the Nadia Music Academy in Toronto.  She has played in master classes for Sergei Babayan (Artist-in-Residence at the Cleveland Institute of Music), Anatoly Ryabov (Professor at the Conservatory of Moscow), Oxana Yablonskaya (Professor at the Juilliard School of Music), and has worked with Olga Kern (winner of the 2001 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition).  Since age five, Anastasia spends rare moments away from the piano.  She loves reading, animals, and treasures her friendships.