2021 Performers

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Adolfo Barabino


Valentina Igoshina


Ralitsa Penkova

Adolfo Barabino

An artist who combines a refined tone and superb technique with profound intellectual and emotional understanding, pupil of Emilio Bonino, Adolfo Barabino is building a reputation as one of the finest interpreters of Chopin of his generation.

He lives between Italy and England where he recently debuted with the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording for BBC Radio.

With the London Symphony Orchestra he recorded Chopin’s Second Concerto and the disc was nominated for the Grammy Award.

He got a ten-year contract of concerts in Japan where he regularly plays in major venues such as Suntory Hall, Tokyo Hamarikyu Asahi Hall, Kitara Hall-Sapporo, Minato Marai Concert Hall-Yokohama, Aoi Concert Hall- Shizuoka, also making several radio recordings.

In 2016, he participated in the Piano Narapi Festival in Nara, Japan, recorded live by MBS TV.

In 2018, his debut in the United States.

In addition to his concert activity, Adolfo is recording in England the complete Chopin’s works and hold masterclasses in Italy, England, Usa and Japan.

Since 2019 he has been a member of the jury of the “Concours International de piano Nice Côte d’Azur”.

Among his upcoming engagements, he will perform all five Beethoven’s Piano Concertos  in London.

Valentina IGOSHINA was born in Bryansk (Russia) in 1978. She graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where she studied under Larissa Dedova and Sergei Dorensky.

Valentina IGOSHINA has won prizes at several international competitions: the Rubinstein Competition in Poland in 1993 (1st Prize), the Sergei Rachmaninov International Piano Competition in Moscow in 1997 (1st Prize), the Queen Elizabeth International Competition in Brussels in 2003 (finalist) and the José Iturbi International Piano Competition in Valencia (Spain) in 2006 (2nd prize).

Valentina IGOSHINA has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London n the Harrods International Piano Series.

She has given recitals at the Tonhalle in Zurich, in Milan in the La Societa dei Concerti series, in Paris at the Théatre de l’Athénée, in Toulouse at the Cloitre des Jacobins and has participated in many festivals: Radio France-Montpellier, La Roque d’Anthéron (France), Ravello Music (Italy), Dushniki Zdroi (Poland), Povoa de Varzim, the Belem Festival in Lisbon (Portugal) and the Styriarte Festival in Graz (Austria).

She has been invited to perform with the Halle Orchestra and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the United Kingdom, the Concertgebouw Royal Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Santiago Chile Orchestra, the Galicia Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Brandenburg Symphony Orchestra…

Valentina has made numerous recordings with Warner Classics International, with music by Schumann, Mussorgsky, Chopin and Shostakovich.

Valentina lives in Paris and her career is extended worldwide playing in Australia, USA, China  and Japan.

Valentina Igoshina

Ralitsa Penkova

Ralitsa Penkova was born in 1992 in Rousse, Bulgaria. She received her first piano lesson at the age of six at the National School of Music and Art and at only nine she performed with the Rousse Symphony Orchestra, the Mozart’s Concerto K. 595.

She continued her musical studies at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, Germany, where she graduated with honors in 2015.

During her musical studies she won 13 first prizes at International Piano Competitions and Festivals, such as the Franz Schubert Competition in Bulgaria, the Elias Canetti Music Festival Competition in Greece, the Schumann-Brahms Competition, the Steinway Wettbewerbskonzert of Hamburg in Germany which have led her to perform in most European countries, both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles.

Very important in her musical formation is the meeting with Dmitry Baschkirov and Paul Badura-Skoda.

Ralitsa has played several times with the Symphony Orchestra of her town, with the Orchestra of the International Music Festival Elias Canetti and with the Orchestra of the Hellas International Music Festival in Lesbos in Greece.

She currently lives in England where in addition to her concert activity she has several recording projects.