Born into a family of musicians and trained in the Russian tradition, pianist and harpsichordist Anna Kislitsyna made her solo debut at age 10 with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra. She remains in high demand as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and educator. Recent season highlights include performing Shostakovich Concerto with Helena Symphony, returning to the Omsk Philharmonic as a soloist to give the inaugural performance on the new harpsichord, a CD release concert in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and a tour of China with Trio Casals. Additionally, Dr. Kislitsyna has performed at The Kimmel Center, The Academy of Music in Philadelphia, Rachmaninov Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Alfred Cortot Hall of Paris Conservatory.
As a recording artist, she has completed eight CDs of contemporary chamber music as the pianist of Trio Casals and currently working on her solo CD of modern music on the Parma Label. She has won prizes in multiple international competitions including Global Music Awards 2020, the Lautard-Chetchenko Competition in France, International Chamber Music Competition in Finland, the Los Angeles International List Competition, and Chopin International Piano Competition in Connecticut. From 2002-2012 she served as a soloist in residence with the Omsk Symphony Orchestra.
As a collaborative pianist, Dr. Kislitsyna has performed recitals with principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has worked with Delaware University, Haverford College, West Chester University, Temple University, the Primavera Fund, Harmony for Peace Foundation, and PMAY Artists Initiative. She is the official collaborative pianist of Ictus International Music Competition.
As a teacher, Dr. Kislitsyna has served on the piano faculty at the Novosibirsk Conservatory, one of the top conservatories in Russia. She is currently on the faculty at Haverford College, the Nelly Berman School of Music and the Philadelphia International Music Festival. Among her students’ achievements are performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra as young as age 12 and giving a solo recital at the White House. Additionally, her students have won awards in multiple international competitions including From the Top, the London International Competition, Rachmaninov International Piano Competition, Gershwin International Competition, Greenfield Competition, The Boulder Bach Festival, and more. She frequently serves as a jury member at international piano competitions and has given masterclasses in China, Russia, and the U.S.
As a researcher, Dr. Kislitsyna has published a dissertation on Alfred Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, as well as articles on the music of Olivier Messiaen, Sergei Prokofiev, Domenico Scarlatti, and Rodion Shchedrin.
In 2018 she completed her DMA at Temple University (PA). She is from the studio of Dr. Charles Abramovic on Piano, Dr. Joyce Lindorff on Harpsichord, and Pr. Lambert Orkis on chamber music. Prior to her studies at Temple U, Anna completed her Postgraduate Course-work in Piano Performance at the Novosibirsk State Conservatory in Russia with the dissertation on Olivier Messiaen’s “Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jésus,” where she also earned a Master Degree and Bachelor Degree with her primary teachers being Pr. Larisa Smeshko and Pr. Mary Lebenzon. Additionally, she holds a Master Degree from West Chester University where she studied with Dr. Igor Resnianski.
Photo credit Alexey Alexandrov