Hanna Shybayeva (2001) Having started her international career at the age of eleven, Hanna Shybayeva transformed from being a child prodigy to the mature and exciting musician she is today. She enjoys her solo performances as much as being a partner in both chamber- and vocal music. Born in 1979 in a family of musicians Hanna began her piano education at the age of six. She won many prizes in Europe and the U.S. and was busy participating in festivals, giving solo recitals and concert performances with orchestras in Europe, Russia and the U.S., such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belarus, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Dortmund and the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra. She worked with conductors such as Yaron Traub, Hans Leenders and Neeme Järvi and was awarded grants by Unesco/New Names, the Spivakov Foundation, the Yuri Egorov Foundation, Yamaha Music Europe and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation. At the age of eighteen Hanna left her hometown (Minsk) and after having spent a year travelling through Europe, she came to the Netherlands to continue her studies with Naum Grubert at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she graduated in 2005 with the highest distinction. In 2001 she won the two top-prizes at the YPF National Piano Competition in Amsterdam. She released her second CD, after which she appeared as soloist with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Since then her numerous performances include appearances at the annual Prinsengracht Concerts & Festival (Amsterdam), Vredenburg Utrecht, The Vereeniging Concert Hall in Nijmegen and many other venues in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the U.K., Ireland, the U.S. and Canada. Since 2008 she is a core member of the New European Ensemble and she participated in a documentary film based on Prokofiev’s ‘The Unfinished Diaries’ produced in Canada. Her CD-album with Schubert Sonatas was released in February 2009 on Brilliant Classics label and in 2012 she recorded the complete Etudes-Tableaux opus 33 and opus 39 by Rachmaninov.