Recently featured as ‘One to watch’ in International Piano magazine, Alexander Karpeyev is a Russian
pianist resident in the UK, who has performed throughout the UK and Europe and
toured in the USA, Canada and Russia as a concerto soloist, recitalist and
chamber music collaborator.
Karpeyev trained at the Moscow Conservatory with Vera Gornostayeva and
Alexander Mndoyants and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under Joan
Havill. He is the winner of the Dudley International Piano Competition as well
as the Norah Sande Award and the holder of a Silver Medal from the Worshipful
Company of Musicians. In 2014 he completed a performance practice doctoral
degree at the City University, based on the Edna Iles Medtner Collection at the
British Library. Karpeyev, himself, is often asked to give masterclasses and
also lectures on Medtner’s performing practice.
Karpeyev is passionate about communicating his ideas on Romantic 19th and early 20th-century piano repertoire, and in particular exploring
the works of virtuoso pianist-composers. A Medtner specialist, he became deeply
immersed in Medtner’s music and approach to music-making while working on his
doctoral degree, and his contact with unique performing practice evidence informs
his own playing.
He devotes considerable time to promoting Russian music in London as the
Music Curator of the Pushkin House Music Salon in Bloomsbury, where he appears
both as a soloist and collaborator with guest artists. He also has a mission to
devise and direct music festivals that imaginatively combine performance and
scholarship. Building on the success of three recent Medtner festivals in London,
Karpeyev aspires to mount a bigger annual Russian Music Festival in London.
As well as performing and speaking about music, Karpeyev is actively
engaged in recording projects. The first, entitled ‘Russian Émigré Composers’
(Claudio Records, 2018), commemorates the centenary of the Russian Revolution
and, in particular, highlights some of the achievements of the pianist
composers who emigrated to Europe and the USA at that time. The second is of Medtner
Songs, Opp. 36-7, 45-6, recorded with the Russian soprano Sofia Fomina (2019),
offering the first complete version of Opp. 36 and 46, with Russian texts by
Pushkin, Tyutchev and Fet, and German texts by Goethe, Eichendorff and
Chamisso. His latest project is a recording of ‘Composers at the Savile Club‘ (2019).
The recording celebrates the 150th anniversary of the founding of
the London club. Among those featured are Elgar, Parry, Stanford, Howells and
Walton. In addition to works for solo piano, the recording includes trumpet
fanfares by Savile Club recent and current members Sir Malcolm Arnold and Julian
Karpeyev remains deeply grateful for the support
of the Stiftung Lyra (Zürich), Guildhall School Trust, Martin Musical
Scholarship Fund, Hattori Foundation, Leverhulme Trust, Craxton Memorial Trust,
English Speaking Union, Fidelio Charitable Trust, Solti Foundation, Nicholas
Boas Charitable Trust, Jaques Samuel Pianos, his family and numerous anonymous