1st Prize Winner at the Vianna Da Motta International Piano Competition 2010, Lilian Akopova displays “ impressive virtuoso and pianistic capabilities” (Anne- Sophie Mutter).
Lilian Akopova began her formal music studies with Prof. Valery Kozlov at the Lisenko Central Music School for Highly Gifted Children in Kiev, completing her diploma there in 2000 with honors. She has studied with Prof. Eliso Virsaladze at Munich’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater since 2001. During her studies she attended master classes given by András Schiff as well as Paul Badura-Skoda and has been honored with scholarships from the Yehudi Menuhin “Live Music Now” Foundation, the Gulbenkian Foundation and Germany’s DAAD academic exchange program. In 2007 she received her master class diploma in piano performance with distinction.
Lilian Akopova has already won many first prizes at competitions including, among others, the 1996 International V. Krajnev Piano Competition in Kharkov (Ukraine), the “Rome 2005” International Piano Competition, the “Premio Sulmona” (Italy), the 2008 International Piano Competition in Carlet, Valencia (Spain). She also won Third Prize at the Busoni Piano Competition in Bolzano, Italy.
Ms. Akopova regularly appears as a soloist at well-known festivals and concert series such as the “Festival Classic Young Stars” at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the “International Chamber Music Festival” in Stavanger, the Kissinger Sommer, the Mozartiade in Augsburg, and many others. She also performs in lecture concerts together with actress Brigitte Karner, and actors Peter Simonischek and Wolf Euba. Her chamber music partners include Wen-Xiao Zheng, Lena Neudauer and Roman Patkolo. Lilian Akopova appears in concert with ensembles such as the Kärtner Sinfonieorchester Klagenfurt, the Bolzano Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow State Orchestra, and the Ukraine State Orchestra, under the direction of conductors such as Enrique Garcia Asencio, Arthur Fagen, and Volker Schmidt-Gertenbach. Numerous recordings for radio and television document her performance career.
Robert Schumann: Carnaval, Op. 9, Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Mendelssohn: Fantasie op. 28
Lilian Akopova, Piano
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