She was born in Moscow of musical parents and began to study the piano at the age of three. Four years later she made her public debut playing Mozart’s A Major Piano Concerto.
Between 1962 and 1967 she studies at the Moscow Conservatory, where her teachers included the famous Soviet pianist and pedagogue Yakov Fliyer.
After winning an impressive series of international prizes at the Warsaw International Chopin Competition, the Leeds Piano Competition, Lisbon International Vianna da Motta Competition and the Tchaikovsky Competition, Viktoria Postnikova was launched on a brilliant career which led to her appearing in all the world’s leading concert halls and to performing and making recordings with the most prestigious orchestras and ensembles. In Europe she has given concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestre de Paris, to name only the most important. In America she has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Among the conductors with whom she has worked are Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Colin Davis, Kurt Masur, Yuri Temirkanov, Kyrill Kondrashin and Lord Yehudi Menuhin, together with her husband, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, with whom she has also appeared on occasion playing piano duets.
Viktoria Postnikova also devotes part of her time to chamber music and among the great moments of her career are the recitals which she gave with Yehudi Menuhin.
In addition to numerous tours in Europe and Japan with the Soviet Philharmonic Orchestra, Viktoria Postnikova has also appeared with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Australia and the Far East and with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra on South America.
In 2004 Ms Postnikova was awarded the Peoples Artist Award.
Among her numerous recordings are the complete piano works by Tchaikovsky made for Erato, complete Mussorgsky piano works, all Prokofiev’s piano concertos and Mendelssohn’s complete ‘Songs without words’.