We are continuing our countdown to Top of the World International Piano Competition, where we are presenting one contestant daily. Today we would like to introduce you to the formidable Konstantin Lapshin.
Contestant 9 Described by renowned pianist Murray Perahia ‘a very special talent’, London-based Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin is an accomplished musician, with a unique artistic vision – a vision even Prince Charles has had the joy of watching.
Lapshin is a prize-winner of numerous international competitions. He graduated with distinction in a Masters degree from the Royal College of Music in 2009, where he was supported by the ABRSM in his studies with Professor Vanessa Latarche, and received the highest RCM award, the Queen Elizabeth Rose Bowl. This award includes the opportunity to play for Prince Charles.
If Konstantin was to win Top of the World, the prize will follow a great number of competition successes. He was a prize-winner of the Schubert International Piano Competition in Dortmund, the Maria Yudina International Piano Competition in St Petersburg, Moscow, the Rachmaninov International Piano Competition, and the Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist Competition in the UK. Most recently he won 2nd Prize in the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition (Serbia), 1St Prize in the Mendelssohn Cup Competition in Taurisano (Italy), 1st Prize and Public prize of the Schumann Prize International Competition in Lamporrecchio (Italy)
Konstantin has given recitals and concerto appearances at various concert halls throughout the UK, Germany, Italy, Serbia, including Wigmore Hall in London, Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Steinway Hall, Drapers’ Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James’s Piccadilly, St George’s Hanover Square, the Purcell Room and Pushkin House, the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Salle Cortot in Paris…
Konstantin’s recordings were broadcasted for ‘Orpheus’ Radio (Moscow), as well as for National Radio in Serbia and Poland. In the autumn of 2009, Konstantin made his debut on Classical Records with a CD including works by Tchaikovsky/Pletnev and Schumann.