Welcome to Alexander (Sasha) Karpeyev’s website

‘Karpeyev’s reading [of Alkan’s Concerto] … had the measure of the piece: the epic heroism of music so difficult that not many pianists could deliver it exactly as written.’

Michael White, Catholic Herald (2019)

‘It was too late: an already transfixed audience delivered their verdict with a standing ovation’

International Piano Magazine (2018)

‘This was a first rate recital from a pianist who has not featured nearly enough on our concert platforms.’

Robert Beattie, Seen and Heard International (2017)

‘…it was in epic scores by Medtner (the Sonata-Ballade) and Stravinsky (movements from Petroushka) that Karpeyev really triumphed, playing them with virtuosity and more: the deep, internalised musicianship of a master.’

Michael White, Catholic Herald (2017)

‘Karpeyev’s penetration of the [Medtner’s] unique harmonic language and architecture was fully authoritative. … The encore, Medtner’s Novella Op.17 No.1, was a further reminder of Karpeyev’s sensitivity and ear for nuance.’

Mark Ainley, Vancouver Classical Music (2017)

‘A truly brilliant recital. … Karpeyev delivered both power and delicate subtleties of dynamics and pace throughout his taxing programme. What style, what stamina!’

Andrew Connal, Latest 7 (2011)

Karpeyev’s artistic maturity was palpable, and it shone through every bar of his closing item – a commanding performance of Liszt’s B minor Sonata.’

Richard Bratby, The Birmingham Post (2007)

Latest News

  • September 2019

Alexander’s CD ‘Composers at the Savile Club’ was named Album of the Week by KUSC and KDFC radio stations.

  • August 2019

Alexander’s CD ‘Composers at the Savile Club’ was in the Spotify’s Classical new Release picks playlist, Primephonic’s top new release picks and is a featured new release at Apple Music! Order a copy at the SOMM Recordings web-site now!

  • June 2019

Alexander delivered a première of  Chopin’s F minor Concerto in Algeria with Maestro Amine Kouider conducting

  • May 2019

Alexander will perform Medtner’s Second Concerto at St John’s Smith Square in 2020

  • April 2019

Alexander has signed a contract with Chandos Records for the release of twenty two Medtner’s songs with Sofia Fomina

  • November 2018

Alexander’s debut CD ‘Russian Emigre Composers’ received rave reviews in Musical OpinionInternational Piano and MusicWeb magazines. Listen to it on SpotifyApple MusicGoogle Play or buy here!

  • May 2018

Alexander took part in the international conference ‘Russian Heritage in the UK’ in London. He read a paper on Medtner’s life in London

  • December 2017

Alexander is  ‘One to Watch’ at the International Piano magazine Jan-Feb 2018 issue

  • November 2017

Alexander has organised and curated Second International Medtner Festival. To see photos and read more visit www.MedtnerFest.co.uk

  • August 2017

Alexander recorded the ‘Final Flowering’, a debut CD dedicated to Russian émigré composers. The CD will be released on Claudio Records in June 2018

  • July 2017

Performed at the En Blanc en Noir festival in France.

  • June 2017

Delivered a UK premiere of songs by Nikolay Golovanov in London with Igor Golovatenko. Here is a short review (in Russian)

  • April 2017

Delivered a lecture-recital  as part of the 36th Rachmaninov International Festival in Tambov (Russia). 

  • February 2017

Performed at London’s Kings Place to a critical acclaim. Reviews appreared in Seen and Heard International and Catholic Herald magazines

Performed for the Müzewest Series in Vancouver. Review appeared at vanclassicalmusic.com

Gave an interview for Seen and Heard International

  • August 2016

Took part at the Piano Week International Festival

  • July 2016

Performed at the Cobb Collection Series, Hatchlands, East Clandon

  • June 2016

Appointed Music Curator at the Pushkin House in London

  • February 2016

Performed in Germany, U.S.A

Performed the Rachmaninov Second Piano Concerto with the Amadeus Orchestra at the Cadogan Hall, London

  • January 2016

Artistic director of a three-day Medtnerfest in London at the Royal College of Music, British Library and Pushkin House with the kind support for an International Study Day from the Royal Musical Association

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