Katya Apekisheva (1 February)

Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, Katya Apekisheva attended the Gnessin School of Music for exceptionally gifted children, making her stage debut at the age of 12. Her studies continued in Jerusalem at the Rubin Music Academy, and later at London’s Royal College of Music.

A prizewinner at the Leeds International Piano Competition, she has gone on to enjoy a career performing with many of the world’s leading orchestra, including the London Philharmonic, the Royal Philharmonic, the Philharmonia, the London Symphony, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic and the Jerusalem Symphony.

As a recording artist, Katya has received much critical acclaim for a discography which includes solo and chamber works by Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Dvorak and Rachmaninov. Like Charles Owen, with whom she shares the platform this evening, Katya is also a dedicated duo and chamber music colleague, having shared platforms in the recording studio and in concert with the violinist Roman Mints (Schnittke sonatas, Quartz Records), the violinist Jack Liebeck, violist Maxim Rysanov, cellist Natalie Clein and the oboist Nicholas Daniel. With Charles Owen she has recorded Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in the composer’s piano duet version and Rachmaninov’s two suites for two pianos (Quartz Records), and she and Charles are co-Artistic Directors of the London Piano Festival, an annual event at King’s Place which celebrates the art of the piano. She is a Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. When not performing and rehearsing, she enjoys cinema.

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