About

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 musician.

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 is often asked to give masterclasses and lectures on Russian performing
practice.

‘Sasha’ 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 recently gave the Algerian premiere of Chopins’ F minor
Concerto with the Algerian National Opera Orchestra under Maestro Amine
Kouider.

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 a recording of ‘Composers at the Savile Club‘ (SOMM Recordings, 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 Anderson. 
The recording was at the top of Spotify, Apple Music and Primephonic
releases in August 2019, as well as the Album of the Week at KUSC and KDFC
radio stations in the US. The latest project is a CD 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; it will
be released by Chandos in 2021.

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
donors.