Katya Apekisheva is one of Europe's foremost pianists,
in demand internationally as a soloist and chamber musician, and has
been described by Gramophone magazine as 'a profoundly gifted artist'
who has 'already achieved artistic greatness'.
A prize-winner at the Leeds Piano Competition and
Scottish Piano Competition, Katya has appeared as soloist with many of
the world's leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, the
Philharmonia Orchestra, the Halle Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic,
the Jerusalem Symphony and the English Chamber Orchestra. She has
collaborated with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon and
Her solo CD release of Grieg solo piano works
this year has received over-whelming critical acclaim. It was also
chosen by Classic FM as CD of the week and selected by Gramophone
Magazine as Editor's Choice. It received a Rising Star award in
International Piano Magazine and was Critic's choice for the year 2008
in Gramophone Magazine.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Katya
collaborates with Janine Jansen, Natalie Clein, Maxim Rysanov, Jack
Liebeck, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexei Ogrinchouk and Nicholas Daniel among
others. In this capacity she is a regular guest at major chamber music
festivals around the world.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, she
studied at the Gnessin music school for exceptionally gifted children
under Ada Traub and Anna Kantor (the teacher of Evgeny Kissin). At the
age of 12 she performed a Mozart Concerto with Gnessin School Orchestra
which was broadcast by Moscow Classical Radio.
In 1992 Katya continued her studies at the Rubin Music Academy in
Jerusalem with Irina Berkovich. There Katya won an America-Israel
Scholarship and was awarded second prize at the Young Talents Radio
Competition. In 1994 Katya moved to London to study at the Royal
College of Music with Irina Zaritskaya and in 1995 she was awarded
President's Rose Bowl which was presented to her by HRH Prince of Wales.
In 1996, in addition to her successes in the Leeds and Scottish
competitions, Katya won London Philharmonic Orchestra Soloist of the
year and also the prestigious Terence Judd Award.
Katya has also collaborated on several recordings with the
violinist Jack Liebeck, including a Classical Brit-nominated CD.
Recent highlights include performances at Utrecht, Leicester,
Ancona, Homecoming Festivals , tour of USA with Nicola Benedetti and
appearances at Berlin Spectrum Series. She also made recordings for BBC
radio 3 and German radio. Her most recent performances include
concertos with Santiago Philarmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra
, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and collaboration with Jan
Latham-Koenig, Paul Watkins, Jason Lai and Emmanuel Siffert.
This season highlights include concerto tour of South Africa, CD
release with Jack Liebeck on Sony Label and Wigmore Hall Recital.
"...Her power and temperament remind me of Martha Argerich..." - Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Moscow
"...Astute colours and brilliant technique..." - The Times