Alexander Karpeyev has been a major prizewinner in international piano competitions, including 1st prizes at the 2006 Oxford Music Festival’s ‘Professional Piano Recital’ Competition, the 2007 Dudley International Piano Competition and the Norah Sande Award 2008. He is also a laureate of the 1998 Ibla Grand Prize in Ragusa, Italy; the 2001 International Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands; the 2004 Competition ‘Arthur Rubinstein in memoriam’ in Bydgoszcz, Poland; the 2004 Adilia Alieva International Piano Competition in Gaillard, France; the 2006 Tunbridge Wells International Concert Artist Competition and the 2009 Amy Brant International Piano competition in Birmingham, England. In 2008 he was awarded The Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medal.
Karpeyev began playing the piano at age of seven, studying at the Children’s Music School in Saratov, Russia. In 2000 he entered the prestigious Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, where he studied with Alexander Mndoyants and Vera Gornostayeva. He graduated with highest honours in 2005 and won a scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London to study with Joan Havill. A noted interpreter of the works of Medtner, Karpeyev has defended his doctoral thesis on Medtnerian performance practice (City, University of London, 2014). Of a recent performance of Medtner’s chamber music in which he appeared with the Idomeneo Quartet, the Musical Opinion critic remarked on their ‘insight and genuine interpretative affection’.
Alexander Karpeyev has given recitals in many of the major UK venues, including the Purcell Room, the Barbican, Cadogan, Royal Festival, Wigmore, Fairfield and Queen Elizabeth Halls in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Holywell Music Room in Oxford. Abroad, he regularly performs both as a soloist and chamber musician in Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece, France, Japan, Poland, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. His performances have been featured on Sky Television and BBC Radio. Karpeyev is also a regular participant of the Piano Week festival, Brighton and Oxford Lieder Festival. Since 2016 Alexander runs first in the UK International Medtner Festival. He is Music Curator at the Pushkin House in London, a vibrant centre of Russian culture in London.