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Inna Faliks, piano


Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
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Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat Major, Op. 81a
    I. Das Lebewohl - Adagio
Yixuan Zhang. piano

Johannes Brahms
4 Klavierstücke, Op. 119
Ziqian Li, piano

Robert Schumann
Symphonic Etudes, Op. 13
Jinzhao Xu, piano

About the Artist

“Adventurous and passionate” (The New Yorker) Unkrainian-born American pianist Inna Faliks has established herself as one of the most exciting, committed, communicative, and poetic artists of her generation. Faliks has made a name for herself through her commanding performances of standard piano repertoire, as well genre-bending interdisciplinary projects, and inquisitive work with contemporary composers. After her acclaimed teenage debuts at the Gilmore Festival and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, she has performed on many of the world’s great stages, with numerous orchestras, in solo appearances, and with conductors such as Leonard Slatkin and Keith Lockhart. Faliks is currently Professor of Piano and Head of Piano at UCLA. Critics praise her “courage to take risks, expressive intensity and technical perfection” (General Anzeiger, Bonn), “remarkable insight” (Audiophile audition), “poetry and panoramic vision” (Washington Post), “riveting passion, playfulness” (Baltimore Sun), and “signature blend of lithe grace and raw power” (Lucid Culture). Her October 2014 all-Beethoven CD release on MSR classics drew rave reviews; the disc’s preview on WTTW called Faliks: “High priestess of the piano, concert pianist of the highest order, as dramatic and subtle as a great stage actor.”

Ms. Falik’s distinguished career has taken her to thousands of recitals and concerti throughout the US, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Highlights of the recent seasons include performances in Ravinia Festival and the National Gallery in DC, recital tours of China, with appearances in all the major halls such as Beijing Center for the Performing Arts, as well as acclaimed performances in Mexico, Italy, Israel, Portland, and with the Camerata Pacifica, with the modern dance troupe Bodytraffic at the Broad Stage Santa Monica, and the Jacaranda Series in Los Angeles, where she performed Rzewski’s The People United Will Never Be Defeated.  Faliks has been featured on WQXR, WNYC, WFMT, and many international television broadcasts, and has performed in many other major venues, such as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Concert Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris’ Salle Cortot, Chicago’s Symphony Center, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, and in many important festivals. The past season’s concerto appearances include Peninsula Festival, Greensboro Symphony, Miami Symphony. Her chamber music partnerships include work with musicians such as Gilbert Kalish, Ron Leonard, Fred Sherry, Ilya Kaler, Wendy Warner, Clive Greensmith, and many others. Faliks is a founding member of the Hollywood Piano Trio, with Roberto Cani and Robert deMaine.

Faliks is the founder and curator of the award-winning poetry-music series Music/Words, creating performances in collaboration with distinguished poets. This has been described as “surreal, impactful, and relevant” (Lucid Culture). Her long-standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to multiple broadcasts of Music/Words, which she had produced alongside some of the nation’s most recognized poets in performances throughout the US. She recently co-starred with Downton Abbey star Lesley Nicol in “Admission – One Shilling,” a play for pianist and actor about the life of Dame Myra Hess, the great British pianist. Most recently, she is touring with her autobiographical recital-monologue, “Polonaise-Fantasie, the Story of a Pianist” throughout the US and Canada. Constantly in dialogue with today’s composers, she has works composer for her by Timo Andres, Billy Childs, Richard Danielpour, Paola Prestini, Ljova, Clarice Assad, Peter Golub, and many more.

Faliks is internationally in demand as an Artist Teacher, and frequently adjudicates competitions, gives masterclasses, and travels to Artist Residencies in major conservatories and universities around the world. Her past teachers include Leon Fleisher, Boris Petrushansky, Gilbert Kalish, Ann Schein, and Emilio del Rosario. Inna Faliks is a Yamaha Artist.