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Inessa Zaretsky


Winner of Mannes Concerto Competition, Frina Auerbach International Piano Competition, Moscow Conservatory College Contemporary Music Competition, Gnesin School Concerto Competition and Moscow Young Artists Piano Competition, Inessa Zaretsky has been the recipient of scholarships from Mannes College, Yale, and the EXXON Corporation. Born in Russia, Ms. Zaretsky studied with Richard Goode at the Mannes College of Music in New York. She studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, Julius Levine and Claude Frank, and composition with Robert Cuckson.

As a pianist, her performances have been broadcast on WQXR, WNYC and WNPR. As a chamber musician she collaborated with Miro, Cavani, Cassat, Phedrus, Parker and Claring String Quartets. Known for her interpretation of Scriabin’s music, Inessa Zaretsky has recorded many of this composer's works.

As a composer, Ms. Zaretsky’ music has been performed by many notable musicians, such as the Miro, Clarin, Phedrus and Cassat String Quartets, Paganini Duo, Kent/Blossom Festival Orchestra, Antara Chamber Orchestra, Lincoln Center Chamber Music II, Chamber Music Series of the St. Lukes Orchestra. “Fireoptics” – a CD of her music for viola (Kathryn Lockwood, viola, Yousif Sheronick, percussion, Inessa Zaretsky, piano), is available through:

Last couple of seasons had premieres of several commissions – a trio for voice, violin and piano at Weill Hall, a Russian Song cycle on the poetry of Robert Rozhdestvensky in Princeton and New York. Ms. Zaretsky’s Piano and Wind Quintet was performed at the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in Nort Carolina. Most recently a work to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9.11, commissioned by the Chamber Musial Society of Ohio was premiered at Akron University. She is currently completing a commissioned string quartet and working on a violin/piano duet for the renowned violinist Daniel Phillips from the Orion Quartet.

Ms. Zaretsky has received the ASCAP Annual Composition Awards for 1999 through 2004. She is the recipient of the “Commission: USA” grant from the “Meet the Composer” Foundation and was chosen as one of the composers for the Vocal Essence “Essentially Choral” Readings in Minneapolis, MN.

Ms. Zaretsky is on the Piano faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York. She is the pianist and composer-in residence at the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival in North Carolina, and is the Artistic Co-Director of the Phoenix Chamber Music Series in New York.