Zino Vinnikov is one of the leading representatives of the St. Petersburg violin tradition. He studied
with Professor Abram Shtern, and later at the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State Conservatoire
with Professors Mikhail Waiman and Benjamin Sher, himself a pupil of the legendary Leopold
Auer. While still a student, he won First Prize at the USSR National Violin Competition. He was
also one of the prizewinners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concours
Reine Élisabeth in Brussels, as well as winner of the First Prize at the George
Enescu Competition in Bucharest.
After completing his postgraduate studies, Zino Vinnikov was invited to become a Professor at the
Leningrad Conservatoire. In the early years of his career, Vinnikov appeared in solo recitals and
concerto performances on stages throughout the former Soviet Union and abroad. Since 1979 the
artist has resided in The Netherlands and in France.
Today Zino Vinnikov is an internationally acclaimed performer with broad musical interests and
an exceptionally rich repertoire. He has appeared in most European countries as well as in those
of the former Soviet Union, the United States, Canada, South America, China and Japan. Vinnikov
has performed under leading conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Evgeny Svetlanov, Alexander
Dmitriev, Mariss Jansons, Neeme Järvi, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, André Previn, Alain Lombard,
Hans Vonk, and Vladimir Ashkenazy. He also enjoyed an especially close partnership with Yehudi
Menuhin, who confessed to being an admirer of Vinnikov’s art. Their recording of Tchaikovsky’s
Violin Concerto, Sérénade mélancolique and Mélodie, with Menuhin conducting The Royal Philharmonic
Orchestra, received wide acclaim.
Equally a keen chamber musician, Zino Vinnikov has performed with outstanding musicians such
as Philippe Hirshhorn, Mischa Maisky, Boris Pergamenschikow, Natalia Gutman, Elisso Virsaladze,
Elisabeth Leonskaya and others. He has participated in many festivals including Edinburgh, Santander,
Athens, St. Petersburg, Bonn, Paris, Bordeaux and London.