Russian pianist Ekaterina Venchikova is a pianist currently located in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Venchikova received her MA degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the Rimsky- Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg. After graduating, she was invited to join the Mariinsky Theater Academy of young opera singers as a pianist-accompanist and coach, and since then she has held a staff position there.
Along with accompanist and coaching activities performs as a soloist of chamber music ensembles and also as a soloist with orchestra.
Organizer, coordinator and producer of different international projects.
Winner of numerous regional competitions, Honor Diploma in International Piano Duo Competition in Yurmala (Riga, Latvia), Diplomas in various International Singing Competitions as best accompanist. .
Performances include those at the Music Festival of Valery Gergiev in Mikkeli (Finlandia), International Music Festival of Jean Riese in Posos da Caldas(Brasil),International festival of Irina Bogacheva “Three golden centuries of romance” in St. Petersburg, "Festival of Russian music" in Lisboa (Portugal), International Music Festival of Dubrovnik (Croatia), among others.
She has participated in master- classes by Renata Scotto, Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Atlantov, Paolo De Napoli, Sergey Leiferkus, Larissa Gergieva.
Throughout her career, Ekaterina has been collaborating as coach-pianist in charge and as an accompanist with numerous opera houses in Russia and Argentina, including famous Mariinsky Theater (ex-Kirov), Theater Colón (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Novosibirsk Opera (Russia).
Has performed with prominent vocalists, instrumentalists, chamber ensembles and also as a soloist with orchestra in Russia, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Argentina, Brasil.
Details of professional experience
2000-currently Mariinsky Opera House St.Petersburg, Russia
Coach, accompanist with the Academy of young opera singers
2006-2007 Colón Opera House Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013 Dubrovnik Summer Festival Dubrovnik, Croatia
2005,2006,2007,2011 Theater Libertador Cordoba, Argentina
Production assistant, coach-pianist-in charge
2007-2008 Buenos Aires Lirica Opera Company, Buenos
Coach-pianist-in charge with such conductors as:
Tugan SOHIEV, Fabio MASTRANGELO, Gustavo PLIS-STERENBERG, Stefan LANO, Mario PERUSSO, Carlos VIEU, Oliver GILMOUR;
as pianist-accompanist and coach with such conductors as: Valery GERGIEV, Mikhail TATARNIKOV, Tugan SOHIEV, among others.
Performed in concerts with the following soloists:
Sergey LEIFERKUS (bass-baritone), Carlos DUARTE (tenor), Ekaterina SEMENCHUK (mezzo-soprano), Alexey TANOVITSKY (bass), Vladislav SULIMSKY (baritone), among others.
Music Festival of Valery Gergiev in Mikkeli (Finlandia);
International Festival “White nights” (St.Petersburg, Russia), Dubrovnik Summer Festival (Dubrovnik, Croatia), Festival of Russian Music (Lisboa, Portugal), Music Festival of Jean Riese in Posos da Caldas(Brasil);
International Festival “Three golden centuries of romance” in St. Petersburg, among others.