Galina Zhukova , pianist.
Вorn in St. Petersburg, Russia, 14/03/1983. Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory in 2005 (prof. Oleg Malov and Stanislav Igolinsky), she accomplished cum laude the Post-Graduate course at the same Conservatory under the tutorship of the prominent pianist Andrey Ivanovich in 2008. In 2011 she has got PhD in Cultural Studies, focused on Musical Language and Thinking, from St. Petersburg State University. In 2012 Galina Zhukova joined the class of Maestro Aquiles Delle Vigne in the International Music Academy (Coimbra, Portugal).
For more than 8 years Galina Zhukova has been teaching piano at the St. Petersburg State University Faculty of Arts, headed by Valery Gergiev, in 2014 she has got the position of the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Arts.
Hailed as a pianist with musically passionate and intellectually deep personality combined with a great virtuoso abilities, Galina Zhukova enjoys a career as soloist, supported by teaching activities and academic research required by her position in St. Petersburg University. In 1993 Galina was awarded a Diploma and a Special Prize at the II-nd International Music Festival “Virtuosos of the Year 2000” (St. Petersburg). Same year she became a winner of The Heiden International Foundation Piano Competition (St. Petersburg). In 1999 and 2005 she was awarded in two nominations (“piano solo” and “chamber music”) at the International Maria Yiudina Competitions. In June 2014 she had won the VI International Competition Premio di Interpretazione Pianistica “Francesco Moscato” (Italy, Airola, I-st Prize), in April 2015 she became the I-st Prize winner of the II-nd Primavera Pianistica International Piano Competition (Kasteel D’Ursel, Belgium).
Her career enjoyed a meteoric rise in 1993: that year she played on the stage of the Mariinsky (Kirov) theatre and, for the first time, appeared on Russian TV. Her first concert tour was held in the United States: in 1994 she gave a number of solo recitals in Princeton, including one at the Hall of the Institute for Advanced Study. In 1994 she spent one semester in Tsukuba, Japan, where she attended Azuma Shyo Gakko, studied Japanese and took private lessons with the Musashino Art University professors Konstantin and Julia Ganev. In November 1997, “Radio Classica”, a popular St. Petersburg music radio station, aired a special program devoted to Galina. This included her recordings of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky. In 1998 she came back to US, invited as a soloist to take part in 100-th Anniversary of Robert Casadesus with Mozart Concerto №23 in Richardson Auditorium (Princeton Chamber Symphony, Mark Laycock, conductor), and received a most favorable music review. Since then Galina Zhukova orchestral appearances had included Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra (Vladislav Chernushenko, conductor), «Carpe Diem» Chamber Orchestra, St. Petersburg State Academic Symphonic Orchestra. She has performed solo recitals at venues in Poland (Sosnowiec, Warsaw, Zielona Gora), Finland (Helsinki, Turku), Austria (Wien), Hungary (Budapest, Dior), France (Caen), Portugal (Lisbon, Porto), Russia (St. Petersburg, Moscow), including Malyi Philharmonic Hall (St. Petersburg), where Galina has regularly appeared with the piano recitals since 2002, Moscow State Philharmonic Hall and Moscow State Conservatory Concert Series. Fluently speaking English and Polish, Galina Zhukova has given master-classes for the international audience in Russia and abroad. Since 2007 Galina has joined the artistic faculty of The Ruza International Piano Festival, held annually by The Gnessina Academy of Music (Moscow) and directed by one of the top Russian piano professors Maria Gambarian. In 2014 Galina’s book «National Representation in the European Musical Discourse» was published by St. Petersburg University Edition. In July 2015 her CD with Liszt Etudes would be released by Portuguese classical label «Flamme Records».