As a professional international musician, Alena Cherny is rather exceptional. She is a pianist who does not allow her career to be determined by the rules of the music industry. Her successful concert career is not based on any routine formulas, she is rather guided by artistic considerations, total inde-pendence, and follows her inner voice.
Alena Cherny found her own way to music. Born in 1967 in the small Ukrainian town of Romny, she studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Kiev, Ukraine with professor Natalia Vitte, and then continued to study performance at the State Conservatory in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany with professor James Avery. After that, she earned a diploma for chamber music and Lied accompaniment at the State Academy of Music at Trossingen, Germany under professor Michael Uhde, accomplishing all her studies with the highest distinction.
In Kiev, Cherny also received valuable support from the famous piano pedagogue and pianist Boris Archimovitch. She participated in master classes with Andras Schiff and in international piano competitions; in 1991 she was a finalist in the Concours Clara Haskil at Vevey and in 2007 she won the Chapeau price. Extended concert tours in the US, England, Israel, Germany, Italy, Japan and Austria, established her name in the leading cultural centers of the western world.
The more unique part of Alena Cherny’s musical development came from her early years. She discovered the music in her little hometown through childhood curiosity and by her own initiative. Very influential in her wish to become a pianist were her visits to the house of Nicolai Bashchanov, the Russian biographer and music publicist, who was personally acquainted with the most important musicians of the Soviet Union. Bashanov had retreated to the country side and had brought with him a record collection and more importantly his Petro upright piano. To children in the neighborhood who were interested in his knowledge, he passed on the literature of music, and for Alena, this is where she first discovered her own talent. Her mother, a teacher, and her father, a lorry driver, recognized Alena’s gift and supported her first steps to her calling. Although Alena Cherny admits that she first dreamed to become an actress, she soon found the door to a wider world through music. An immense treasure of masterworks provided her with constant sources for further musical development.
When Cherny performs, she shares with her audiences her musical discoveries. She narrates ideas and passions evoked by this repertoire. Whether performing together with musicians, such as Gidon Kremer, Gerard Causse, Maria Kliegel, Thomas Demenga, Cristoph Homberger, Peter Sadlo, her music partners Fabio Di Casola, Clarinet, and Ilya Grubert, Violin, or wether she performs the works of her favorite composer, J.S. Bach, the classics, romantics, and the contemporaries, in concerts and in sound studios — her interpretations are marked by narrative freedom, a close dialogue with the audience and the unconditional striving to rediscover the work of music time after time.
Today Alena Cherny lives in Switzerland, where in addition to her soloist’s career she focuses on chamber music.