Following her sensational win of the First Prize at the International Fryderyk Chopin Competition 2010 in Warsaw, Yulianna Avdeeva is fast establishing herself as an artist whose performances combine intense musicality and emotional depth with a formidable technique and intellectual rigour. Engagements this season include returns to the Czech Philharmonic and Finnish Radio Symphony orchestras, under Manfred Honeck and Vasily Petrenko respectively, as well as debuts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra (Vladimir Jurowski) and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (again with Honeck), alongside performances with the Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Symphony. She also tours to Spain and Italy with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and Vladimir Fedoseyev. Upcoming recitals include appearances in Paris, Munich, Mainz, Trieste, Milan, Seoul and at the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Further ahead, she will return to Japan for a recital tour and her debut with Osaka Philharmonic Orchestra.
Highlights of Avdeeva's 2012/13 season included highly successful debuts with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin (Marek Janowski), as well as an acclaimed tour of the USA with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra under Antoni Wit. Recent recitals have included returns to London's International Piano Series and the Rheingau Musik Festival, as well as appearances at Barcelona's Palau de la Música Catalana, Sociedad Filarmónica de Bilbao, Klangräume Festival in Waidhofen, Liederhalle in Stuttgart, Essen's Philharmonie, Salle Molière in Lyon and Schwetzinger Festspiele.
Avdeeva's repertoire spans a wide range, from Bach to music of the 20th century. She is known for performing on period instruments: in August 2011 and 2012 she played Chopin's Piano Concertos on an Erard piano at the Festival 'Chopin and his Europe', with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Jacek Kaspszyk) and the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century (Frans Brüggen). She performed again with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Brüggen when they toured together to Japan in spring 2013. They have recently released a recording of these concertos on the Fryderyk Chopin Institute label, to great critical acclaim.
In addition to her solo recital and concerto performances, Avdeeva is an enthusiastic chamber musician, working with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker (the Philharmonia Quartet) and violinist Julia Fischer, amongst others. She has appeared with Fischer twice at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, giving a duo recital and also performing Mendelssohn's Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings, and they will tour together in Europe in October 2014. Other chamber music partners include members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom she collaborated at the Muziekgebouw Frits Philips Eindhoven in December 2012.
Beginning her piano studies at the age of five with Elena Ivanova at the Gnessin Special School of Music, Avdeeva attended the Zurich University of the Arts (studying with Konstantin Scherbakov) and the renowned International Piano Academy Lake Como (under Artistic Director William Grant Naboré) where she continues to work with Dmitri Bashkirov and Fou Ts'ong. Avdeeva has won several other international competitions including the Bremen Piano Contest in 2003, the Concours de Genève 2006 and the Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Poland.