Until today, Rita Kinka has given more than 800 recitals and performed with many renowned orchestras in
almost all European countries, as well as in the USA, Taiwan, Japan, Israel, Canada and Australia. In
addition to her career as a pianist, she is also involved in pedagogical work. Rita Kinka is a full professor for piano as a major subject at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She has received a number of Yugoslav awards and prizes, and rewards at international piano competitions in Senigallia (1979), Vercelli (Viotti, 1981), Belgrade (Jeunesses Musicales Competition, 1983), Zwickau (Schumann, 1985), Sydney (1985), Munich (ARD, 1987), Bordeaux (Golden medal, 1988), Washington (1990), Brussels (Queen Elisabeth, 1991) and Orleans (20 th Century Piano Music, 1996).
Rita Kinka was the first winner of the European Parliament Prix Femmes d`Europe reward for the best
European female interpreter of classical music, which was awarded to her in Brussels in June 1991. She is also the laureate of the February Prize of the City of Novi Sad for the year 2002.
Rita Kinka made recordings for radio and television centres in several countries (Serbia, Macedonia, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France, Russia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Slovakia,
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, England, Greece, Spain, Israel, Canada, USA, Australia and Taiwan). She
recorded three CDs released by the Digital Media Production (Brussels) and PGP RTS, and one LP issue
She studied at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (Prof. E. Timakin and A. Valdma) and completed her master
studies at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade (Prof. D. Trbojević) and Academy of Arts in Novi Sad (A. Valdma). Rita Kinka continued her master studies in New York (Juilliard School of Music, class of György Sándor) thanks to the scholarship of Gina Bachauer Foundation, which she won at the international Queen
Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 1987 as the “most promising young artist”. Throughout her entire career, Rita Kinka has been “moving” passionately and with love, but also with gradually acquired
comprehensive interpreting experience, a unique style of playing, and with full sensitivity and suggestivity through selected pieces of the most demanding piano repertoire.
RITA KINKA BIOGRAPHY
Her latest recital project dates back to December 2016 in the cycle titled Guest Editor/Artist of the Centre for Music of the Kolarac Endowment in Belgrade within which she connected the works of Bach, Brahms and Chopin using a specific concept of programme shaping. After that, she was awarded the Performer of the Year prize of the Musica Classica Magazine. She was also the President of the Artistic Council of the Novi Sad 2021 Project for the European Capital of Culture.