St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Alexander Karpeyev - piano

Friday, 21 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Alexander Karpeyev - piano

Alexander Karpeyev - piano

Bach/Busoni  

Prelude and Fugue in E flat, BWV552, 'St Anne'

Ligeti

Etude No. 4 'Fanfares'

Medtner

Allegro moderato e cantabile from Sonata-Idylle, Op. 56

Schumann  

Toccata Op. 7

Alexander Karpeyev has been a major prizewinner in international competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival's Professional Piano Recital Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008. He is also a laureate of 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 and the 2009 Amy Brant International Piano competition in Birmingham, England.  He was awarded The Worshipful Company of Musicians' Silver Medal in 2008.

Karpeyev began playing the piano at age 7, studying at the Children's Music School in Saratov, Russia. In 2000 he entered the prestigious Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Vera Gornostayeva. He graduated with highest honours in 2005 and won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he is currently pursuing a doctorate under the guidance of Joan Havill.

A noted interpreter of the works of Medtner, Karpeyev is currently writing a thesis on the aesthetic influences and performance practice of Medtner's oeuvre.  Of his recent concert of Medtner's chamber music with the Idomeneo Quartet, Musical Opinion wrote "Performance full of insight and genuine interpretative affection. A remarkable and very well worthwhile programme all round."

Alexander Karpeyev has given recitals in the major venues of the UK (Purcell Room, the Barbican, Cadogan, Royal Festival, Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London; Bridgewater Hall in Manchester). Abroad, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Greece, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, the USA and Ukraine. His performances have been featured on Sky Television and BBC Radio 3. www.akarpeyev.com