I thank my creator for my talent and infinite love of music, the most fantastic
and best people in the world: my loving parents, the entire GWK team, the Brandi and Sepper families, professors Banfield, Weichert, Keller and all others who have helped me along the way. Thanks to all who have left a memory in my heart and who take part in my music: my friends.
Alina Kabanova was born in Sevastopol, Ukraine in 1982. She began studying piano at the age of five at the Moscow Conservatory’s
special music school. She gave her first public recital at the age of six; at age nine, she appeared a number of times as the soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5. In addition to numerous first prizes in the most important music competition for youth in her homeland, “New Names of the Ukraine”, she also won many international prizes at contests such as the 1995 “Città di Senigallia” competition and the 1996 Vladimir-Krainjev-Competition in Charkov, Ukraine.
From 1999 until 2002, Alina Kabanova studied
at the Conservatory for Music in Detmold (Münster Department) with Prof. Michael Keller; from 2002 on with Prof. Gregor Weichert. Since 2004, she has been part of Prof. Volker Banfield’s class at the Academy for Music and Theater in Hamburg; she is also a scholarship recipient of the Anton Rubinstein Academy in Dusseldorf.
In 1998, Alina Kabanova was the first place winner at the International London Piano Competition
for Soloists, Duos and Ensembles as well as in 1999 at the International Poulenc
Competition in Nordhorn, Germany. In 2001, she won second prize at the International Competition for Young Pianists in Enschede, The Netherlands; at the Vienna International Pianists Academy she was awarded the Rosario-
Marciano Prize in 2002.
In 2003, she won the third prize and special prize for the best interpretation of Russian music
at the International Russian Music Competition
in San José, California.
Alina Kabanova has appeared as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Lyon Opera and the Crimean State Philharmonic
Orchestra. She has given solo concerts in Germany and Europe since 1999.