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Cleveland-based pianist Halida Dinova has performed and recorded with some of Europe's finest orchestras. As a piano recitalist, she has performed cycles of works by Schubert, Chopin and Scriabin and a series of concerts of 20th-century music. A champion of contemporary works, she has presented innovative programs that include the works of Sofia Gubaidulina, Alfred Schnittke and György Ligeti.

She has toured North and South America, Europe and Russia, given recitals in cities such as Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, Wellington, Auckland, chamber music concerts at Orford International Festival (Canada), Edinburgh International Festival (Scotland), Wonfurt International Festival (Germany), Sala Beethoven (Mexico).

She can be heard on the recordings made for DOREMI NAXOS, NAVONA, CHANDOS, and CANTIUS CLASSICS for which she recorded Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto with the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Plis-Sterenberg.   As Donald Rosenberg wrote in The Plain Dealer, ”The Brahms performance on this recording proves that the pianist can scale the musical heights. It is bold, deeply poetic reading, marked by a technical command that many pianists couldn’t muster.”

The premiere of the piano concerto by the American composer Dennis Eberhard (written especially for Halida) in 2002 garnered international attention and has been the subject of an award -winning documentary film by Laura Paglin, Shadow of the Swan.   

In 2003 she gave the Russian premiere of two of Ernest Bloch’s concertos for piano and orchestra and recorded them for CHANDOS with the St. Petersburg State Capella orchestra conducted by Alexander Tchernushenko.  According to Gramophone magazine, “Dinova plays with panache and conviction…”  Her first Scriabin album on Canadian label Doremi earned her a reputation of a "Scriabinist destined to lead all others" (American Record Guide).

Halida completed a DMA (Post-Graduate Performance Course in Piano) at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, where she studied with legendary pianist Anatol Ugorski. She met fellow pianist Irina Moreland in Ugolski’s studio.  Previously, she had earned a Masters degree in her home city of Kazan, where she studied at the Nazib Zhiganov Conservatory under Natalia Fomina, a pupil of Heinrich Neuhaus. 

She earned an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music in piano performance as a student of Paul Schenly, also studying organ as a secondary area under Prof. Adeline Hus.   In 2018 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation "The Piano in the Works of Ernest Bloch" at the Kazan State Conservatory/Moscow VAK, earning the title “Kandidat Nauk” in music history.

She has taught at Cleveland State University as well as at various private music schools in Ohio. Ms. Dinova has taught piano majors in International summer schools the Beijing China Conservatory as well as at the University of Canterbury and Massey University (New Zealand).

Halida Dinova is a Steinway Artist and on the roster of pianists supported by Steinway Trust UK.

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