Child prodigy destined for music stardom

Despite being 12-years-old, singer and violinist Biana Pinchuk has already met and performed for famous celebrities that are astonished by her singing and musical abilities.

The National Cash Registry firm flew Pinchuk to Italy to perform at one of their corporate events. Peter Gruber, owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, brought Pinchuk to Los Angeles to perform for an NBA party with famous actors and athletes listening to her.

South Floridians will be able to judge for themselves why Pinchuk is being touted as a child prodigy in music when she performs April 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. She will open for singer George Benson at a benefit for the Nat King Cole Generation Hope not for profit organization.

She also will be performing April 30 at noon for the JAFCO (Jewish Family and Adoptions Options) Mother’s Day luncheon at Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton.

When not performing her violin or singing opera or a popular song, Pinchuk is a gifted music student enrolled at Miami Arts Charter School. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants who immigrated to the United States in 1977, she grew up in a home in Sunny Isles Beach filled with classical music.

At four years old, Pinchuk took piano lessons, but was instantly attracted to and preferred the violin.

“My wife and I never pushed Biana to the violin or any other form of music. She took to the violin instantly and within a few short months, she was playing violin at a level of a child who had been practicing for years,” said Biana’s father, Paul Pinchuk.

“I played the violin because it is so much fun and like that people enjoy my music,” said Biana Pinchuk.

Pinchuk also started to sing opera at age five and composed her first song the following year.

“We were told by an opera teacher that Biana was special — that she was one out of a million people who possessed the rare talent to sing opera,” said Paul Pinchuk.

Pinchuk sings opera as well as popular songs in six languages, including English, German, Hebrew and Russian, having her first stage performance at age six singing the Italian song “Mama” in Boynton Beach.

Pinchuk has won many competitions across the United States and abroad. She has sung with the Florida Grand Opera at Arsht and Broward Centers, performed on the NBC television show “America’s Got Talent” and was a finalist for the Broadway cast of the musical “Annie.”

Pinchuk has performed in South Florida for many not for profit organizations involving children, such as the upcoming JAFCO (Jewish Adoptions and Foster Care Options) Mother’s Day luncheon in Boca Raton and the Make A Wish Foundation.

“I love being with children my age and want to help other children who need help,” said Pinchuk.

Pinchuk is five generations removed from a famed musician in her family, Klezmer musician A.J. Maconovezky, who was a gifted composer who lived in Russian in the late nineteenth century.

“She is especially proud of her great, great grandfather and of her Jewish heritage. She did her bat mitzvah earlier this year at the Chabad Russian Center in Sunny Isles Beach and performed at many synagogues and for a Holocaust organization,” said Paul Pinchuk.

For tickets for Biana Pinchuk’s show at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, 5550 NW 40 St. in Coconut Creek, call 561-203-8209 or go to http://www.natkingcolehope.org

For reservations for her show at the Boca West Country Club, 20583 West Boca Drive in Boca Raton for the JAFCO Mother’s Day luncheon, call 954-315-7033 or go to http://www.jafco.org

To view Biana Pinchuk’s upcoming scheduled appearances in South Florida, go to http://www.bianapinchuk.com

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