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Ana Sinkovec Burstin


Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Ana Sinkovec Burstin is an international prize-winning pianist. She is the holder of five Masters degrees from conservatoires in Ljubljana, Brussels, Bergamo and Paris. She has won prizes in Germany, France, Slovenia and Italy, including First Prize at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Piano Competition in Paris, and the Lindau Prize in Germany. In 2004, whilst still a student, Ana was awarded the Preseren Prize, the highest Slovenian award for Achievements in Culture, by the country's Academy of Music. 

Ana has participated in many festivals accross Europe, including the Chopin Marathon in Italy and Sweden, the inaugural Gilels Festival in Freiburg, the Mahler Festival in Toblach, the Nice Summer Festival, and the Ljubljana Nights festival. She has made recordings and played for televised concerts with the Slovenian RTV Symphony, Slovenian Philharmonic, Zagreb Soloists and Jerusalem Symphony orchestras.

Ana made her London debut in 2013 with Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 at St John's, Smith Square with the Paradisal Players. She returned to the orchestra a year later for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, and has performed regularly as soloist and chamber musician across London. Her repertoire includes piano concertos by Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Saint-Saens, Scriabin and Shostakovich, as well as lesser known works for piano and orchestra by Respighi and Markevich.

In July 2015 Ana performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with British conductor Peter Stark, and on November 14 this year Ana made her US debut playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra. On her return to London she will perform a chamber music recital at St. James's Church, Piccadilly.

Ana is passionate about teaching. In September 2013 she was named a Leverhulme Artist at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London. She has coached and worked with over 100 young students from the Piano, String, Wind, Brass and Percussion and Vocal departments. During her music career Ana has also organised chamber concert series, collaborated with the European Piano Teacher's Association and sat as a jury member at the inaugural Windsor International Piano Competition.

In 2012 Ana gave a TEDx talk, Powerful Connection: Music and the Mind available on YouTube. She is married to the British violist and conductor Samuel Burstin with whom she has a beautiful baby girl.

Watch Past Performances

Video 11/19/2015: Ana Sinkovec Burstin

Pianist Ana Sinkovec Burstin performs Lebic’s Impromptus, Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Chopin’s Barcarolle, and Scriabin’s Sonatas No. 4 and No. 10. She is a graduate of conservatories in Ljubljana, Brussels, Bergamo, and Paris and has studied with prominent teachers, including Eugen Indjic, Dmitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Ogarkov, and Karl-Heinz Kammerling. She was a first prize winner at the Nikolai Rubinstein International Competition in Paris. 

Presented in collaboration with the Embassy of Slovenia.

Ana Sinkovec