Called “adventurous” and “passionate” by The New Yorker, Ukrainian-born pianist INNA FALIKS has established herself as one of the most committed, exciting and poetic artists of her generation. After 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. Her critically acclaimed CD on MSR Classics, “Sound of Verse,” was released in 2009, featuring music of Boris Pasternak, Rachmaninoff and Ravel. Her discography also includes a recital recording for the Yamaha Disklavier library, and her new Beethoven recording will be released this year. Ms. Faliks’s distinguished career has taken her to numerous recitals and concerti in prestigious venues in the US as well as in France, Italy, Switzerland, Ukraine, Estonia, Japan, as well as Russia. 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.
Upcoming performances this season include Le Poisson Rouge, a tour of Canada, return engagements in Salle Cortot in Paris, with Minnesota Sinfonia, at the Peninsula Festival in Door County and at Baruch College in NYC. She was the winner of many competitions, including the Hilton Head International Competition and the coveted International Pro Musicis Award 2005. Ms. Faliks is the founder and curator of the LMCC award winning interdisciplinary series Music/Words. This poetry-music series goes into its fifth NYC season. Her long standing relationship with WFMT radio has led to yearly broadcasts of Music/Words, which she produces. Faliks’s teachers included Ann Schein, Leon Fleisher, Gilbert Kalish and Boris Petrushansky. This year, Ms. Faliks joins the illustrious faculty of UCLA, Herb Albert School of Music, as Professor of Piano. Ms. Faliks is a Yamaha Artist and is graciously welcomed to her Newport Music Festival debut.