Milana Chernyavska, a German artist with Ukrainian roots, has established herself as one of the leading pianists of our times, already looking back on an impressive career. Her critics agree with Alfred Brendel, who wrote that “Happiness was complete when one listened to Milana Chernyavska”.
At the age of seven, she played her first concert at the Philharmonic Hall in her native town of Kiev. In 1990, she graduated with distinction from the State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where Prof. Valeri Sahaidachny was her teacher. This was followed by master classes with renowned teachers and famous pianists, including Alfred Brendel, Dimitri Bashkirov, Vladimir Krainev, Sergio Perticaroli, Boris Bloch, Dario de Rosa and Alexander Lonquich. In 1994 Milana Chernyavska received the most important award of her homeland, “Merited Artist of the Ukraine”. From 1995 to 1998 she joined the master classes of Prof. Margareta Höhenrieder and Prof. Gerhard Oppitz at the Munich Music Academy.
Milana Chernyavska appears regularly at international festivals and major music centers around the world. For example, she has appeared at the Lucerne Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Schwetzingen Festival, and at halls like Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Munich’s Herkulessaal, London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Hall. Her artistic achievements were honored with numerous national and international awards, including at competitions in Paris, Florence and in Kiev, where she took the gold medal at the International Piano Competition “Vladimir and Regina Horovitz”.
Apart from her solo career, Milana Chernyavska is a celebrated chamber musician. As a recital partner, she appears regularly with artists like Julia Fischer, Lisa Batiashvili, Arabella Steinbacher, Sebastian Klinger, Maximilian Hornung, Daniel Müller-Schott, Susanna Yoko Henkel, David Garrett, the Vogler Quartet and others. The Milander Quartet, which she founded, has quickly developed into a sought-after ensemble and unites “four excellent instrumental soloists who have found each other in perfect harmony” – as one critic wrote after the quartet’s Munich debut. As a soloist, Milana Chernyavska performs with many renowned orchestras, while audiences and critics cheer her solo recitals. In 2013, she performs at the Piano Festival Ruhr, among others.
Milana Chernyavska has recorded more than twenty CDs on well-known labels like EMI, Sony, Naxos, Claves, Divox, Genion, Avie Records and Ars Musici, many of which have won international awards.
The versatile artist was appointed professor of piano performance at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz in 2009. Her doctoral thesis in musicology dealt with the judgmental and pedagogical aspects of interpretation theory.