Violina PetryIMG_VP-213chenko was born in Saporoschje (Ukraine) into a family of musicians, and began to play the piano at 6 years of age.

In 2000 she joined the musicology department of Maiboroda Music Academy to become a music scholar. One year later she began to study piano performance with A. Kasaryan.

She received both diplomas with honours and began her tertiary studies at the Tchaikovsky national music academy of Ukraine specialising in piano perfomance. In 2007 she went to study at the Lizst School of Music Weimar (Germany) with Jacob Leuschner as her teacher, with whom she continued her studies in Cologne. In 2011 she founded the “Duo Kiol” together with the saxophonist Kirstin Niederstraßer with whom she studies in the class of E. Sinaiskiy in Essen.

Violina has taken master classes with world famous pianists such as P. Notch, F. Rados (Hungary), J. Swann (USA), E. Skovorodnikov (Canada), K. Elser and P.-L. Aimard (Germany). The young pianist has been awarded scholarships, by the Booster Club of the Lizst School of Music Weimar, the Liszt Foundation, the Weimar Classics Foundation, the Anna Ruths Foundation, the City of Cologne, the Werner-Richard/Dr. Carl Dörken Foundation and the Theodor Rogler Foundation.

In 2009 she won the award for excellent performance of international students from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). She won prizes at several competitions (Vienna, Austria. Rösrath, Germany, Folkwang-Prize, Essen Germany).

Besides giving concerts she also played on festivals in Spainn, the Netherlands, France, Germany Austria and other countries. On many occasions Violina performed on TV and radio in Germany (WDR, MDR), Spain and Ukraine.

As of 2014 Violina lives in Cologne and works as a piano instructor at the Music Academy of Cologne.

Violina sees herself in the tradition of Ukrainian culture and seeks to popularize it. In 2014 she released her first solo-recording “Slavic Nobility” with works by A. Scriabin and Victor Kosenko, the latter of which had never found their way onto a recording before. The disc was well received by critics and has encouraged Violina to further pursue and explore classical Ukrainian music: In November 2015 her disc “Ukrainian Moods” was released.

In March 2016 she was the artistic director of the concert series “Traveler without Luggage” at the Museum of Lacquer Art in Münster, where during four concerts with different instrumentations Ukrainian music was married with the Western European tradition