A Yamaha Pianos & Chappell of Bond Street Promotional Recital
Please join us for the fifth concert in our Spring 2011 series of Lunchtime Music at our Wardour Street store on Thursday March 3rd at 1pm where we feature the pianist Artem Akopyan currently studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Presented in association with Yamaha pianos, these recitals provide a wonderful opportunity for highly gifted young artists to perform at a superb venue as well as offering an insight into the extraordinary wealth of talent being nurtured in our conservatoires. And there are few better opportunities to hear Yamaha’s stunning handcrafted Premium Pianos played at concert level in the UK.
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 in f minor, Opus 57 “Appassionata”
Janacek: Sonata 1.X 1905
Debussy: Suite: Pour le Piano
Artem Akopyan - (Piano): Artem Akopyan is a Russian pianist from St. Petersburg. He was born in 1987. From the age of five he began taking lessons in piano, singing and violin. Artem made his solo debut at the age of 8 at the St. Petersburg State Academy Cappella.
Artem studied in one of Russia’s most prestigious musical institutions, the Mikhail Glinka Choral Institute, attached to the St. Petersburg State Academy Cappella, where he trained as a choral conductor and a pianist with Sergey Germanovich Nikolaev. He also finished Music College as a violinist, graduating in 2003 with a first class diploma and a distinction.
From the age of 9 he was a soloist in the choir at the Choral Institute, and took part in guest performances in Germany, Italy, Slovenia and France, among other countries. As a boy treble he won many international competitions, including competitions in Bulgaria, Lithuania and St. Petersburg.
During his training at the Institute, he regularly performed as a pianist, and in September 2003 he won the first prize in an international piano competition in Spain (Ibiza). After his victory in the international piano competition in Spain he received a special artists’ award from the Mayor of St. Petersburg. He also received the “Prometheus Star”, an award instituted by the academic D.S Likhachev, for outstanding achievement in music and study.
In 2005 he entered the St. Petersburg State Conservatory with top marks in his audition as a conductor. In the same year he was accepted into the Academy of Young Singers at the Mariinsky Theatre as the youngest tenor in the company.
Up till 2007 he regularly performed and gave concerts as a piano soloist in various cities around Russia.
In 2007 Artem began his studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama as a pianist with second study singing. On entering the Academy he received the prestigious Associated Board Scholarship.
During the course of his study at the RSAMD he has taken part in concerts, masterclasses with famous artists and professors such as Idil Biret, Steven Osborne, Grigory Gruzman and Vanessa Latarche.
In the time Artem spent studying at the RSAMD, he performed in many solo concerts around UK. In 2008, Artem won the1st prize in the Bamber Galloway piano competition, and in June, 2009 got the 1st prize in the Governor’s Recital competition at the RSAMD. The most recent successes include the 2nd prize in Rome International Piano Competition – Associazione Culturale "Fryderyk Chopin" along with special prize for the best performance of the 18th century piano work.
He is currently a fourth year Bachelor’s student studying piano with Jonathan Plowright.
This performance is free of charge and will take place in the Recital Room of Yamaha Artist Services Europe (London), situated within the historic Piano Hall at Chappell of Bond Street’s West End store.
Final admittance to each recital is 12.55pm.