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CV Ana Šinkovec, 26-year old pianist from Ljubljana, Slovenia, gave her first solo recital in Cankarjev dom Cultural and Congress Centre at the age of 10, playing Beethoven's Sonata op.13 and Chopin's Polonaise op. 26 no.1 among other pieces.

At 13, she pursued the music education at The High School of Music and Ballet and at 17, she was admitted to study piano at the Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana. She graduated at the age of 20 with the performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Piano Concerto with the Slovene Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven's Sonata Opus 111 and Chopin's 2nd Sonata among other pieces.

At 15, she recorded Beethoven's Waldstein, and two years later, Beethoven’s Sonata Opus 101 and all of Chopin's four Ballades to a great critical acclaim.

She has special affinity to Chopin's and Rachmaninnoff's music and devotes vast repertoire to the two beloved composers.

Master Classes

Up to date, she has participated at several international master classes and festivals with noted pedagogues and pianists such as Karl-Heinz Kämmerling, Konstantin Bogino, Lazar Berman, Rita Kinka, Jakob Lateiner, Vasilia Efsthadiadou, Igor Lazko, Sijavuš Gadžijev, Jean-Phillip Collard, Alfredo Perl, Boris Petrushansky. In February 2010 she will attend classes with Pavel Gililov and Itamar Golan at Eilat Music festival.

Postgraduate Studies

In June 2008, she completed a master piano study at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels with the brilliant teacher and pianist Boyan Vodenitcharov with highest honorary mentions.
This year she continues her studies at the Accademia Santa Cecilia in Bergamo, Italy, with maestro K. Bogino.

Prizes

Ana is the prize-winner of several domestic and international competitions. At the International Piano Master Class and Festival in Lindau, under Professor Karl-Heinz Kämmerling in Germany, she received the special Lindau Preis in 1999 and 2001 for the most prominent young pianist. At her first International Competition in Paris in 1997, the president of the Jury Igor Lazko awarded her with a special prize for the youngest and most talented participant of the competition. In 2000, she received the 1st prize at the International Competition Nikolai Rubinstein in Paris 2000.

Awards

In 2004, she received the highest honorary award from the Academy of music, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Prešeren Award for the performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1st Concerto.
Ana is the first prizewinner at several national and international competitions for piano solo, piano duo and chamber music.

Performances

As a soloist she performed with all major Slovene Symphony Orchestras with Beethoven 1st, Tchaikovsky 1st, Chopin's 2nd, Saint-Saens 2nd, Haydn's and Mozart's Piano Concertos, Gerschwin's Rhapsody in Blue among others. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician at festivals such as Imago Sloveniae, Summer in Ljubljana, Nights in Ljubljana.

Culture Development and Promotion

Ana is the Organisation Director of the non-profit SavitraArt Society, socially and ecologically aware organization with a vision to promote human well-being and moral values through music.
She has master degree in Translation Studies – English and French at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. She writes articles on culture and is actively involved as a promotor of cultural conscience.

Ana is also a member of EPTA Board Committee, which end of October 2010 organises pianistic conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, marking Chopin's 200th birth anniversary.