Rita Kinka

The Seribian pianist, Rita Kinka, was born of Hungarian descent and gave her first recital in 1975 at age 13. She enrolled graduated at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad at the age of 15, where she was guided by the renowned Professorrs Evgenij Timakin and Arbo Valdma, graduatin in 1977. She completed her master studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Professor Dušan Trbojević, 1983) and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Arbo Valdma, 1981). She continued her master studies at the Julliard School of Music in New York (class of György Sándor) thanks to the scholarship of Gina Bachauer foundation, which she won at the international Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1987 as the most promising young artist. She compledec her studies at Juilliard in 1989.

Rita Kinka has played regularly in all the Yugoslav music centers and also in USA, Australia, Russia, Germany, Israel, Taiwan, Belgium, Croatia, Slowenia, Spain, Canada, Holland, France, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, England and Czechoslovakia. She has given over 700 recitals and performed as soloist with orchestras in almost all European countries, as well as in the USA, Taiwan, Israel, Canada and Australia. Her concerto repertoire includes works of J.S. Bach, W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Frédéric Chopin, Franz Liszt, Johannes Brahms, P. Tchaikovski, Camille Saint-Saëns, A. Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninov, S. Prokofiev, M. Ravel, Béla Bartók, and G. Gershwin; and her solo repertoire works of J.S. Bach, Bach-Busoni, J. Haydn, W.A. Mozart, L.v. Beethoven, F. Schubert, Robert Schumann, F. Chopin, F. Liszt, M. Mussorgsky, César Franck, S. Rachmaninov, A. Scriabin, Albeniz, C. Debussy, M. Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Igor Stravinsky, K. Szymanovski, S. Prokofiev, B. Bartók, Dmitri Shostakovich, Anton Webern, Arnold Schoenberg, O. Messian, L. Janacek, W. Lutoslavski, G. Ligeti, and G. Crumb.

Rita Kinka has received a number of Yugoslav awards and prizes and rewards at international piano competitions in Senigallia (1979), Vercelli (Viotti, 1981), Belgrade (Jeunesses Musicales, 1983), Zwickau (Robert Schumann, 1985), Sydney (1985), Munich (ARD, 1987), Bordeaux (Golden medal at the Festival, 1988), Washington (1990), Brussels (Queen Elisabeth, 1991) and Orleans (20th Century Piano Music Competition, Samson Francoise award, 1996). She was the first winner of the European Parliament Prix Femmes d`Europe reward for the best European interpreter of classical music, which was awarded to her in Brussels in June 1991. She is also the laureate of February Prize of the City of Novi Sad for the year 2002.

Rita Kinka made recordings for radio and television centres in several countries (Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, Canada, USA, Australia and Taiwan). She made three CDs for the Digital Media Production (Brussels) and PGP RTS after she had recorded one LP.

Rita Kinka also works as a professor of piano at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.