Katya Apekisheva is one of Europe's foremost pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and chamber musician. A finalist and a prize-winner at the Leeds Piano Competition and Scottish Piano Competition, Katya has appeared as soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras including the London Philharmonic, The Philharmonia Orchestra, The Halle Orchestra, The Moscow Philharmonic, The Jerusalem Symphony, The English Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has collaborated with such conductors as Sir Simon Rattle, David Shallon, Jan Latham-Koenig and Alexander Lazarev.
Her solo CD release of Grieg solo piano works on the Quartz label in 2008 received overwhelming critical acclaim. It was chosen by Classic FM as CD of the week and selected by Gramophone Magazine as Editor's Choice. It received a Rising Star Award in International Piano Magazine and was Critic's choice for the year 2008 in Gramophone Magazine.
Equally at home as a chamber musician, Katya collaborates with Janine Jansen, Natalie Clein, Maxim Rysanov, Jack Liebeck, Boris Brovtsyn, Alexei Ogrinchouk, Nicholas Daniel among others. In this capacity she is a regular guest at major chamber music festivals around the world. Katya also has a highly successful piano duo partnership with Charles Owen performing regularly at festivals and major London venues.
Born in Moscow into a family of musicians, she studied at the Gnessin Music School for exceptionally gifted children under Ada Traub and Anna Kantor (teacher of Evgeny Kissin) and at the age of 12 Katya performed Mozart's Concerto n. 17 with Gnessin School Orchestra which was recorded for Moscow Classical Radio. In 1992 Katya continued her studies at the Rubin Music Academy in Jerusalem with Irina Berkovich. There she won an America-Israel Foundation scholarship and was awarded second prize at the Young Talents Competition in Jerusalem.
In 1994 Katya moved to London to study with Irina Zaritskaya at the Royal College of Music and in 1995 she was awarded President's Rose Bowl which was presented to her by HRH the Prince of Wales.
In 1996, in addition to her success at Leeds and Scottish Piano Competitions, Katya won The London Philharmonic Soloist of the Year and The Prestigious Terence Judd Award.
Katya has also collaborated on several recordings with Jack Liebeck including Classical-Brit winning CD with works by Dvorak.
Recent highlights include performances at Utrecht (Netherlands), Ancona (Italy), Leicester, Oxford, Lincoln, City of London, Elverum (Norway), Music in country churches Festivals and Berlin Spectrum Concert Series. She recently toured South Africa performing with all major orchestras there. Most recent performances include concertos with Santiago Philharmonic, Wiesbaden Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and OFUNAM Orchestra(Mexico) and collaboration with Jan Latham-Koenig, Paul Watkins, Emmanuel Siffert and Jason Lai.
In May 2012 Katya released a solo CD on Onyx label with works by Mussorgsky and Shostakovich to a high critical acclaim.
This season's highlights include a Bach Solo recital at Kings Place, performances with Belcea quartet at the Wigmore Hall and Aldeburgh, recitals and recording projects with Jack Liebeck and Maxim Rysanov.