Silhouettes (2020)

Debussy, Enescu, Milhaud, Werkman, Clarke

Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova

World-class musicians Dana Zemtsov and Anna Fedorova joined forces when they discovered they have a mutual friend. ‘Do you know that feeling when coming to a new place as if the atmosphere you are in has been with you forever, recognizing it like an old friend?

Our upbringing was similar and filled with Guy de Maupassant, Gustave Flaubert, Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Jean de La Fontaine, Pierre Richard, Louis de Funès, Georges Brassens, Édith Piaf, Charles Trenet. This could be a logical explanation for us both experiencing this sense of familiarity every time we cross the border to France. Or maybe we have lived some of our previous lives in these surroundings that they seem so close to us?

This is by no means a story about France. Each piece in this album has its own story, its own thoughts, and feelings. However, throughout it, if you listen with your eyes closed, you will occasionally sense the presence of a furtive silhouette ‘à la Française’. - Dana Zemtsov & Anna Fedorova

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Dana Zemtsov

Winner of numerous competitions and developing an outstanding career, Dana Zemtsov is one of the most promising international viola soloists of her generation. 

Dana Zemtsov was born in 1992 in Mexico City. She comes from a family of musicians. At the age of 5 she received her first music lessons from her grandmother and from her parents, both viola players, Mikhail Zemtsov and Julia Dinerstein. Since 2012 she studies with the famous viola virtuoso Michael Kugel. 

Highlights in the 2012 / 13 season include Dana’s performance of the Bartók Viola Concerto in the Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, chamber music with Janine Jansen and Martin Frost during the Utrecht Chamber Music Festival and a recital in Carnegie Hall of New York. 

Dana is First Prize laureate of several competitions in Luxemburg, Italy, Austria, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands. In 2010 she won the Dutch Television competition ‘Evening of the Young Musician’ becoming the ‘Young Musician of the Year’ and representing The Netherlands at the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition in Vienna. 


Dana is regularly appearing on the most important international stages including the Great and Small halls of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Doelen in Rotterdam, Dr. Anton Philips Hall in The Hague, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall, The Opera Hall in Tel Aviv, Carnegie Hall of New York among others. During the Christmas Concert in the Philharmonie in Haarlem she was presented by and performed with the world famous pianist Boris Berezovsky. She has also been chamber music partner to among others Janine Jansen, Giovanni Sollima, Martin Frost and Ilya Gringolts. As a soloist, Dana performed with the Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine) Holland Symfonia, Sweelink Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Rotterdam, (Holland) F. Busoni Chamber Orchestra (Italy). 

Dana toured Denmark, Peru, USA, and participated in the Stars of Tomorrow tour in Germany, together with the most promising young talents of Europe. She performed at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, Storioni Festival, Grachten Festival, the International Janine Jansen Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and Three Day Music Festival The Hague. She also performed in festivals in Germany, Italy and Britain. 

Anna Fedorova

Anna Fedorova is one of the world's premier pianists. From an early age, she demonstrated an innate musical maturity and outstanding technical abilities. Her international concert career took off while she was only a child, and audiences around the world were stunned by the depth and power of her musical expression. Critics have praised Anna's signature “sweet modesty and wild expression,” which rendered listeners “completely taken by surprise, compelled and astonished.”

Anna has claimed top prizes at numerous international piano competitions, including the International Rubinstein 'In Memoriam' piano competition, the Moscow International Frederick Chopin Competition for young pianists, the Lyon Piano Competition, and recently became recipient of the Verbier Festival Academy Award. She is also two-time laureate of the Dorothy MacKenzie Artist Recognition Scholarship Award at the International Keyboards Institute & Festival (New York, USA). A graduate of the Lysenko School of Music in Kyiv (studio of Borys Fedorov), Anna is currently a student of Norma Fisher at the Royal College of Music in London, she is David Young Piano Prize Holder supported by a Soiree d’Or Award and Keyboard Trust. Additionally, Anna studies at the prestigious Accademia Pianistica in Imola, Italy under professor Leonid Margarius. She has also received artistic guidance from world renowned pianists such as Alfred Brendel and Menahem Pressler, and is regularly mentored by Steven Isserlis and Andras Schiff.

She has performed in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Having mastered a formidable concerto repertoire, she played with orchestras around the world.

In September 2013 Anna performed Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto at the opening of the season of Sunday Morning Concerts series at the Great hall of the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. The recording of this concert has 19 million views on YouTube so far and is highly praised among renowned musicians. It is the Concerto with the most views on YouTube:

photo: Marco Borggreve

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Silhouettes (2020)

Debussy, Enescu, Milhaud, Werkman, Clarke

Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova

    NativeDSD Senior Reviewer

Incredibly fine playing!

Bill Dodd, Senior Reviewer

Silhouettes (2020)

Debussy, Enescu, Milhaud, Werkman, Clarke

Dana Zemtsov, Anna Fedorova

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Editing Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks, Tom Caulfield (DSD 512)
Mastering Room: Grimm Audio LS1
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer 4006, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis, custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording Location: MCO Studios, Hilversum, The Netherlands in June 2019
Recording Software: Pyramix, Merging Technologies
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD 256
Speakers: Grimm Audio LS1

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Clarke Sonata for Viola and Piano I. Impetuoso
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Debussy La Plus que Lente
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