Contestant 19: Kateryna Titova
This extraordinary, Ukrainian musician will most likely blow you away, just like she has blown the juries away at the all the piano contests she has attended. More than ten 1st prizes in international competitions speaks volumes.
Kateryna Titova was born in Enakievo, Ukraine in 1983, and received her first piano lessons at the age of five. From 1994 to 1999 she attended the Central Special School of Music in Charkov, studying under Professor Garry Gelfgat, and was subsequently transferred to the Special School of Music in Moscow.
She made her concert début with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467, at the Charkov Philharmonic Hall, followed only a year later by a performance of Camille Saint-Säens’ highly virtuoso Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22, together with the Charkov Philharmonic, the Odessa Philhamonic and the Charkov Opera Orchestra.
From 2001 to 2003, Kateryna studied at the College of Music in Münster, Germany, with Professor Michael Keller, after which she moved to Dresden to pursue further studies at Carl Maria von Weber College of Music, in the class of Arcady Zenziper. She also owes significant artistic inspiration to her collaboration with Igor Blagodatov, a pupil of Jacob Milstein, who ranks among today’s leading pianists in the tradition of the Russian piano school. 2009-2010 Kateryna was a student at the Royal Northern College of Music. She studied with internationally renowned pianist and teacher, Norma Fisher. 2010–2011 she was a student at the Imola Piano Academy , Italy, in the class of Professor Boris Petrushansky. Currently Kateryna is based in Berlin.
As mentioned, Titova has raked in international trophies. Only in recent years, she’s won 1st prizes at Arcangel Speranze Piano Competition, Massarosa IPC (both Italy), Rotary Club IPC (Spain), James Mottram IPC (UK), San Nicola di Bari IPC and Anton G. Rubinstein Piano Competition (Germany).
Kateryna Titova has been awarded several scholarships, e.g. by the Moscow Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, the Oskar und Vera Ritter Foundation and the Lutz-E. Adolf Foundation and the Rotary Club.
Ms.Titova has appeared as a soloist and in chamber music recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Europe and in the USA, appearing with, for example, the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphonic Orchestra in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire, the Dresden Sinfonietta, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonie der Nationen with Justus Frantz, Prague Philarmonic Orchestra with Maxim Vengerov, the International Music Festival in Vianado Castello (Portugal), Kissingersommer Festival and at Mecklenburg – Vorpommern Festival.
Kateryna has recorded one CD so far- a Rachmaninov recital for Sony Classic.
Here’s Kateryna Titova in a two times four-handed piano version of Habanera from Carmen, together with Zlata Chochieva, Sergiu Tuhutiu and Sasha Grynyuk. The latter is also taking part in Top of the World 2013.