Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and make it your career?
When I was 4, my parents bought a piano from a friend. No one in my family plays an instrument, so it happened by chance. Soon after, my musical abilities were discovered – I had perfect pitch and good musical memory, and I started taking piano lessons and other musical classes at the music school in my hometown, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Another turning point was when I was accepted at the age of 13 to study at the Special Music School for gifted students in Kharkov, Ukraine. Somehow, I never questioned my desire and intended to become a musician after that.
Who or what were the most important influences on your playing?
My piano teachers – Victor Makarov in Ukraine, probably one of “the most wanted” teachers in the country at that time, whose knowledge, musicianship and energy still inspires me; Alexander Volkov in Israel, who taught me to better hear and convey beauty of music; and Solomon Mikowsky, who helped me to refind my musicianship and find my own voice.
What have been the greatest challenges of your career so far?
To find the true meaning of every piece I work on, and to match my inner image to what comes out my fingers. Also, to find fresh view on the pieces I’ve performed many times.
Which recordings are you most proud of?
My all-Schubert CD
Do you have a favourite concert venue to perform in?
Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona; Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Favourite pieces to perform? Anything by Schubert; Schumann Humoreske
Listen to? Mozart Symphonies, anything by Bach. Also, recently – music for Soviet cartoons (I discovered that those are masterpieces! Listening together with my now 11 month old daughter)
Who are your favourite pianists?
Sviatoslav Richter, Emile Gilels, Vladimir Horovitz, Arthur Rubinstein
What is your most memorable concert experience?
Performing in a two-piano encemble with a blind pianist, Carlos Ibay in a concert dedicated to 60th birthday of Israel in Jerusalem in 2008.
What do you consider to be the most important ideas and concepts to impart to aspiring musicians?
Stay true to yourself. Do not try to copy anyone, or “please” anybody. Try to find your own, unique calling in music.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
To be busy working on many interesting projects alone or with inspiring musicians (this may happen!), and to have an adequate time to spend on those projects, family, and rest (this may never happen!)
Inesa Sinkevych is a Ukrainian born Israeli concert pianist, currently living in New York. Her recent CD, ‘Schubert Piano Works’ was released in 2012. She has performed as a soloist with the Israeli Philharmonic, Minnesota Symphony, Gulbenkian Symphony, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as solo recitals in such venues as the Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona, and Merkin Hall in New York. She was awarded top and special prizes at the Arthur Rubinstein International Master Piano Competition in Tel Aviv, Piano-e-Competition in Minneapolis, Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Portugal, among others. She received her DMA from the Manhattan School of Music.