Rena Shereshevskaya

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Baku (USSR)
  • Pianist
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Rena Shereshevskaya (Russian: Рена Шерешевская), pianist, professor of piano, a titular of “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, (France), a laureate of the Ippolitov-Ivanov International Prize in Musical Education (Russia) and an Honorary Professor of the Moscow Ippolitov-lvanov Musical and Pedagogical Institute.

She was born in Baku (Soviet Union) where she graduated from the Special Music School for gifted children (with L. Filatova). At the age of 17 she entered the Moscow Conservatory which she graduated from with an Honours degree in all disciplines and then – a postgraduate course with a Doctorate diploma in teaching and interpretation (with Lev Vlassenko).[1][2]


She started her career as a soloist but because of a professional disease of the hand she concentrates mainly on teaching. During 12 years she taught at the Central Special Music School for Gifted Children at the Moscow Tchaikovsky State Conservatory and then was invited to the Moscow Ippolitov-lvanov Musical and Pedagogical Institute as a head of a piano chair and a professor of piano.

After teaching at the Summer Academy in the framework of the Colmar International Festival (France, Art Director Vladimir Spivakov) she was invited as a guest professor of piano by the Colmar National Conservatory for organization of a branch for gifted children, where she worked since 1993. Later she worked in the Conservatoire de Paris, in the Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory and in the A. Cortot Paris Superior Music School where she teaches at present.

Rena Shereshevskaya gives master classes all over the world (France, USA, Canada, Russia, Italy, Monaco, Germany, China, Sweden, Switzerland…) and often invited as a jury member of international piano competitions. Her students play all over the world in the most prestigious concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New-York, Paris Philharmonic, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Theatre and Gaveau in Paris, Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg.

Many of her students became prize-winners of grand international competitions, among them Alexandre Kantorow (1st Prize and the Grand Prix at the 16th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow, 2019), Lucas Debargue (4th Prize and a Special Prize of the Association of Musical Critics at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition, Moscow, 2015), Rémi Geniet (the 2nd Prize at the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels, 2013), Dmitry Sin (laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, Brussels, 2021), Julian Trevelyan (the 2nd Prize, the Prize for the best interpretation of Mozart concerto and the Prize of the Public at the Geza Anda International Competition, Zurich, 2021), Maroussia Gentet (the 1st Prize and all special prizes at the 13th Orlean International Piano Competition, Orlean, 2018), Aleksandr Kliouchko, Marcel Tadokoro and many others. Her first laureate Alexander Slobodyanik Jr. has become in 1989 the youngest winner of “The Young Concert Artists International Auditions" in New-York.

She has published in French and foreign magazines a number of articles on the problems of the musical education and was Olivier Bellamy’s guest at his program “Passion Classique” at the “Radio Classique” station or Gaël Le Gallic’s guest at her program “The Generation of young interpreters” at the Radio France.

In 2018 the Roque d’Anthéron International Festival, by the initiative of its Art Director René Martin, dedicated one day to an homage to Rena Shereshevskaya, with 4 recitals of her students and her masterclass. In view of its big public success such a day was repeated in 2019 and was programmed again in its 2020 edition but cancelled because of the COVID epidemy. In 2019 the Festival "Les Amateurs virtuoses ! " chose her as a “Godmother of the Festival”.

In parallel with her intense pedagogical activity, she plays chamber music with internationally renowned musicians, and also performs in duo with her daughter, mezzo-soprano Victoria Shereshevskaya. She is also a creator and an Art Director of a festival “Artistic Dynasties and Families”.


  1. "Rena Shereshevskaya, impératrice du piano". LEFIGARO (in français). Retrieved 2021-10-03.
  2. Bétermier, Rémi (2021-06-13). "Un cours avec Rena Shereshevskaya". Pianiste (in français). Retrieved 2021-10-03.

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