Contestant 11: Konstantin Lapshin
The London-based, Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin has come out top of the crop at several high profile international piano competitions in recent years, and has now set his eyes on The Top of the World trophy.
Named “a very special talent” by Murray Perahia, Lapshin is an accomplished musician with a unique artistic vision. A prize-winner in numerous international competitions, Konstantin completed his Master of Music degree at the Royal College of Music in 2009 on a full scholarship, studying with Vanessa Latarche.
He then went on to take the Artist Diploma, in addition to being nominated as the Mills Williams Junior Fellow and receiving their gold medal. During his time at the RCM, Konstantin won the Chappell Gold Medal and the college’s highest prize for the most outstanding student across all disciplines, the Queen Elisabeth Rose bowl. He subsequently played for HRH Prince Charles and in the same year was the nominated ‘Rising Star’ to play at Cadogan Hall, London. Before moving to London, Konstantin completed his studies in the Moscow State Conservatoire with Lev Naumov and Michail Voskresensky.
Konstantin has been a major prize-winner in numerous international piano competitions such as the Schubert International Piano Competition in Dortmund, Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in St Petersburg, 1st Gnessin International Piano Competition, Moscow, Rachmaninov International Piano Competition, Novosibirsk International Piano Competition, Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition in the UK. Most recently he won 2nd Prize at the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia), 1st Prize in the Mendelssohn Cup Competition in Taurisano (It.) and 1st Prize and the Public prize at the Schumann Prize International Competition in Lamporrecchio (It). He is tipped to win Top of the World by many.
His festival performances have included the Brighton festival, Chipping Campden festival, Schumann and Beethoven St.Barnabas festivals (UK), Bath Piano Recital Series, “Primavera Classica” (Italy), “Yamaha presents” (Gradus and Parnassum) in Moscow, “In Memory of V. Lotar-Shevchenko” in Novosibirsk, “All Mozart’s Concertos” in Volgograd (Russia) with Volgograd Symphonye Orchestra.
He has given recitals and concerto appearances at various concert halls across Europe including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre, Cadogan Hall, Steinway Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Fairfields Hall, the Salle Cortot in Paris.
Konstantin’s concerto performances have included concerts with the Dortmund Symphony Orchestra and Dirk Kaftan, Timisoara Symphony orchestra and Radu Popu, Novosibirsk Simphony Orchestra and Evgeny Bushkov, Saratov Symphony Orchestra and Volgograd Symphony with E. Serov, De Havilland Philharmonic and Robin Browning (UK), Havant Symphony Orchestra and Samuel Draper.
Konstantin has been performing extensively all over Russia. The most important venues have included: Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Rachmaninov Hall, Zerkalny Hall, Tchaikovsky Arts Centre, the Big Hall of the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow.
Upcoming engagements include performances at the Fairfields Hall, Bath International Festival, Llandeilo Music Festival, St James’s Piccadilly, St.Martin’s in the Fields, Bath Piano Recitals Series, Rachmaninov Concert Hall in Moscow; concerts in Italy and Germany.
Recordings of Konstantin have been broadcasted on Orpheus Radio (Moscow), as well as National Radio in Serbia and Poland In autumn 2009, Konstantin made his debut recording with Classical Records including works by Tchaikovsky/Pletnev and Schumann, to much critical acclaim. Konstantin is supported by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and is a Concordia and Kirckman Society artist.
On top of this, Konstantin teaches at the Royal College of Music, and will serve as a Jury member of the Schumann Piano competition in Italy.
Here’s a clip showing Konstantin Lapshin playing Liszt-Schubert ‘Erlkönig’ at St Mary’s Perivale, 27 November 2012.