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Soloist - Alexander Karpeyev

Saturday 4th July 2009  7.30
Concert Soloist

Alexander Karpeyev

Alexander Karpeyev

Alexander Karpeyev was born deep in the Heart of Russia, in Saratov on the Volga, 16 hours by train from Moscow.  He began to play piano at the age of 7 studying at the Children’s Music School in Saratov, and afterwards at the Musical-Aesthetic Lyceum in Engels.  In 2000 he entered the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he studied with the distinguished Professors Emmanuel Monaszon, Alexander Mndoyants and Vera Gornostayeva.

He won a scholarship to study with Joan Havill at the Guildhall of Music & Drama where he currently holds a Music Fellowship.  He has performed in the some of the most prestigious venues in the UK, including the Barbican, Cadogan, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London, and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, where he has been asked to return for the third time.  Internationally he has given recitals in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Switzerland, Japan, Greece and Belgium.  He has been featured on the Performance Channel of Sky Television playing Beethoven’s Sonata Op 110 and on BBC Radio 3 playing Scarlatti Sonatas. 

He has been a major prizewinner in many international competitions including the 1998 Ibla Grand Prize in Ragusa, Italy; the 2001 International Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands; the 2004 Competition ‘Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam’ in Bydgoszcz, Poland; the 2004 Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Gaillard, France; the 2006 Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artist Competition (England).  Alexander has won the First Prizes at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s ‘Professional Piano Recital’ Competition (England), the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition (England) and most recently at the Norah Sande Award (2008, England). 

Future concerts include:

  • Brahms’ 2nd and 1st Piano Concertos with Havant Symphony Orchestra in July 2009 and March 2010;
  • Rachmaninov’s 2nd Piano Concerto at the Wells and Exeter Cathedrals July 2009 and High Wycombe in the Spring of 2010;
  • Recitals at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, Scotland and North of England. 

For further information, visit Alexander Karpeyev’s web site,

Listen to extracts of Alexander Karpeyev playing Brahms

Alexander Karpeyev performed Brahms' 2nd piano concerto with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra as a finalist in the Guildhall School of Music & Drama's Gold Medal competition on 6 May 2008, which was recorded as a live event on DVD.  Here are some audio-only extracts of his playing from the DVD, by kind permission of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Click on the title in the playlist to start the required extract.

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