Angelika Smirnov, pianist
In her native Ukraine, Angelika’s talent was recognized by an array of prizes and performances. She appeared with chamber and symphony orchestras in Kiev, Donetsk and Uzhgorod and received top honors in all the competitions in which she has taken part: Kyiv-Vorsel (First Prize, two years in a row), the Zakarpatija Festival of Uzhgorod (Grand Prix), and the Donetsk Competition in honor of Sergei Prokofiev’s 110th birthday (Second Prize). During her studies at Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy, Angelika gave numerous solo recitals across Hungary and won First Prize at the 2008 Yamaha Competition in Budapest.
In 2008, Angelika Fuchs became the recipient of the Third Prize at the prestigious International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Utrecht, Holland. As a soloist, highlights of the 2009-10 season included extensive concert tours through the Netherlands and China. That same year, at the invitation of Russia’s renowned Musical Olympus Festival, she had her debut appearance with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She performed at the Fazioli Concert Hall in Sacile, Italy, and gave a concert tour of Quito, Ecuador, which included a solo recital at Casa de la Musica, a performance and an interview for Quito Radio as well as a master class at Quito’s Franz Liszt Conservatory. Angelika also performed in South Korea, Monaco, Germany, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Russia, Australia and Hungary. She has taken part in many Music Festivals including the International Keyboard Institute and Festival at Mannes in NYC, the Weimar Liszt Festival, the Utrecht Liszt Festival and many others.
Angelika Fuchs received her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy under the tutelage of Professors Attila Némethy, Sándor Falvay and Balázs Szokolay. She continued her education at the Oberlin Conservatory (Ohio, USA) and earned her Professional Studies Diploma at the Manhattan School of Music (New York, USA) where she was a student of Solomon Mikowsky. In 2012, she won the Koch Competition at the Manhattan School of Music and performed with conductor Philippe Entremont.
In 2012 Ms. Fuchs moved to Quito, Ecuador where she was teaching as a guest professor at the Franz Liszt Conservatory of Music. While there, she gave numerous concerts in South America with orchestras and as a soloist as well as continuously working as an accompanist to various musicians.
In 2014 Ms. Fuchs went back to Ukraine, where she founded the "Visual Music" project. The idea behind this project was the possibility of connecting classical piano with other arts. To name a few of these collaborations: Photography and piano (in collaboration with Ilva Haust), Painting and piano - "Magic of Art", as well as sand painting and piano - "Sound of the Sand" (in collaboration with Yulia Mironova and Natalia Tarnay). Under the "Visual Music" project, two silent movies were also created and directed by Ms. Fuchs who accompanied them with the music of Schubert's Serenade and Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor.
While Ms. Fuchs was creating and leading these projects, she nevertheless continued to perform both as a soloist and an accompanist, as well as teaching piano privately and in schools.
Recently, Ms. Fuchs moved to Los Angeles, United States, where she continues to give concerts, teach and work on her future projects.