Yuliya Gorenman

Biography

Award-winning Russian-born American pianist Yuliya Gorenman has rightfully been called a "pianist without fear." Now firmly established in her performing career, Gorenman first achieved international acclaim as a prizewinner of the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium in 1995. Since then she has been continually invited to perform solo, chamber, and orchestral concerts throughout the United States and in Europe, and, in the process, has earned consistent praise for her artistic fire, for her fluid and unpretentious technique, and for the lyrical honesty and generosity of her playing.

Born in Odessa (Ukraine) and raised in Kazakhstan, Gorenman began studying with her late mother, Svetlana Gorenman, an outstanding musician in her own right. Gorenman continued to shape her performance style while attending the St. Petersburg Conservatory. While still a student, she performed throughout the former Soviet Union. After emigrating to the United States in 1987, she studied first at the San Francisco Conservatory and then at the Peabody Conservatory with mentors such as Nathan Schwartz and Leon Fleischer.

When Gorenman earned her laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, she characteristically did so while on a precipice, as an artist between worlds, an emigre from the Soviet Union still weeks shy of her American citizenship. Schooled in two musical traditions but wholly defined by neither, Gorenman has since freely but carefully drawn on both heritages in performances of the masterworks of the twentieth century, romantic, classical, and baroque repertoire that have stirred audiences worldwide.

After leaving the former Soviet Union, Gorenman earned a steady procession of awards and honors. She performed in numerous television and radio broadcasts throughout Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States. As a fellow at the Tanglewood Festival she appeared in a PBS educational video for Sony Classical with Seiji Ozawa and Wynton Marsalis. Also at Tanglewood Gorenman gave a joint concert with Billy Joel, performing his classical concert works, which she also arranged. The concert was broadcast nationally on NPR.

Gorenman has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of Flanders, and many other orchestras and chamber music ensembles throughout the world . She has appeared at the Kennedy Center, the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, festival “L’été musical dans la vallee du Lot" (France) and many other venues.

Hailed as one of the most exciting Beethoven interpreters of her generation, Gorenman has recorded all of the Beethoven concerti live. Her sold-out performances of all the Beethoven piano sonatas were critically acclaimed. The first volume of The Gorenman Beethoven Project: Piano Sonatas 1, 2, 3, was released to universal praise.

Gorenman is an Advisor to the Board of Governors of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Recording Academy (GRAMMY).

Currently, Gorenman is professor of piano and Musician in Residence at the American University in Washington, DC.