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Nafis Umerkulova – piano

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

Nafis Umerkulova – piano

L van Beethoven

Sonata op. 31, no. 2 'The Tempest'

Largo

Allegro

Adagio

Allegretto

A Stanchinsky

Nocturne in E major

A Scriabin

Four Preludes op. 22

1. Andante

2. Andante

3. Allegretto

4. Andantino

Sonata no. 4

Born in Tashkent, Nafis Umerkulova started piano at the age of five. Only a few years later she became a prize-winner in various piano competitions at home and abroad. In 2004 Nafis was awarded a full scholarship to continue her musical education in the UK at the Purcell School, then later at the Royal Academy of Music with William Fong and Tatiana Sarkissova. While at the RAM she was invited to participate at the Tel-Hai International Masterclasses and was among only a few pianists chosen to study with Dmitri Bashkirov. This was followed by a Distinction in her Master's degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying with Aaron Shorr. During her studies at the RCS she recorded Schubert's Sonata D958 for a BBC Two Schubert Documentary.

Nafis has participated in masterclasses with Dmitri Bashkirov, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Rogé, Steven Osborne, Robert Levin and many others. Her numerous performances in the UK include solo and chamber music recitals in Wigmore Hall, Drapers' Hall, the Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Glasgow City Halls, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony and Town Halls. Among various competition prizes and awards, Nafis is a winner of the Edith Steinitz Prize, 3rd prize at the International Brant Piano Competition and a recipient of the prestigious Dame Myra Hess award by Help Musicians UK. Nafis successfully completed the Advanced Independent Study programme at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, studying with Deniz Gelenbe, and the Advanced Performance Diploma course at the Birmingham Conservatoire studying with John Thwaites. She also receives lessons with Professor Mikhail Olenev at the Moscow Conservatory.

Born in Tashkent, Nafis Umerkulova started piano at the age of five. In 2004 she was awarded a full scholarship to continue her musical education in the UK at the Purcell School, then later at the Royal Academy of Music and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her studies Nafis recorded Schubert's Sonata D958 for a BBC Two documentary. Numerous UK performances include recitals in Wigmore Hall, Drapers' Hall, the Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Glasgow City Halls, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony and Town Halls. Among various competition prizes and awards, Nafis is a winner of the Edith Steinitz Prize, 3rd prize at the International Brant Piano Competition and a recipient of the prestigious Dame Myra Hess Award by Help Musicians UK.