*1 II 1938 Moskwa
Zinaida Ignatieva – 5th Prize winner, 6th International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw (1960). Zinaida Ignatieva started her piano studies in 1944 at the Music School in Moscow. From 1949 to 1957, she attended the Central Special Music School at the Moscow Conservatoire, studying with Georgy Briushkov and Anaida Sumbatian. In 1957 she moved on to the Moscow Conservatoire into Samuel Feinberg’s class, which she graduated from in 1962. Subsequently, she completed her apprenticeship at the same institution under Vladimir Natanson.
In 1960, Ms. Ignatieva participated in the 6th Chopin Competition in Warsaw and took 5th prize. Seven years later, she took part in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, but failed to place.
After her success in Warsaw she began to develop her concert career within the Soviet Union. She appeared in Moscow and Leningrad as well as provincial cities. Chopin constituted the core of her repertoire, which – as music critics noted – “[she] interprets with exceptional sensitivity.” Yet she is also very successful in her interpretation of Liszt’s virtuoso Études d’exécution transcendante d’après Paganini, in which she demonstrates excellent technique. She is also acknowledged for her renditions of Beethoven’s Sonatas, works by Bach, Bartók and Russian composers: Scriabin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Glazunov, Kabalevsky, Feinberg, Alexandrov, Pirumov and others.
Since 1962 Zinaida Ignatieva has been teaching at the Moscow Conservatoire.