Professors

Yekaterina Lebedeva-Piano (Russia, UK)

Yekaterina Lebedeva-Piano (Russia, UK)

Yekaterina Lebedeva is a concert pianist and professor of piano at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. “Yekaterina Lebedeva: the most empassioned and expressive pianist of her generation: Russian, beautiful, outspoken, breathtaking.” – International Herald Tribune Yekaterina made her performance debut in an extensive national concert series in her native Russia. In 1988 she entered the Kiev State Conservatoire in the Ukraine. There she became in constant demand as a recitalist, performing solo and chamber concerts and appearing at major festivals in both the Ukraine and Russia. She graduated from the Conservatoire with Distinction in 1993. Yekaterina moved to London to establish a European base from which to develop her solo career further. In March 1998 she made a debut in the Purcell Room, invited to play as part of the SBC Young Musician’s Platform “FRESH”. Since then she has appeared regularly at the South Bank Centre and abroad. Highlights of past seasons included Schnittke’s concerto for Piano and String Orchestra (Cairo Symphony Orchestra), sell-out return performances in the Purcell Room (South Bank Centre), Stravinsky’s Concert for Piano and Winds at the Athens Megaron (Orchestra of Colours, Athens). Her […]

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Ann Murray DBE – Mezzo soprano (UK)

Ann Murray DBE – Mezzo soprano (UK)

Ann Murray was born in Dublin and studied with Frederick Cox at the Royal Manchester College of Music. She has established close links with both the English National Opera, for whom she has sung the title roles in Handel Xerxes and Ariodante and Donizetti Maria Stuarda, and with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, where her roles have included Cherubino (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro), Dorabella (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Donna Elvira (Mozart Don Giovanni), Rosina (Rossini Il barbiere di Siviglia), Octavian (Strauss Der Rosenkavalier), Child (Ravel L’Enfant et les Sortilèges), Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), Idamante (Mozart Idomeneo), Sifare (Mozart Mitridate, Re di Ponto), Dorabella (Mozart Cosi fan tutte), Amaltea (Rossini Mosé in Egitto), Ruggiero (Handel Alcina), the title role in Handel Giulio Cesare, Witch (Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel), Marquise de Berkenfield (Donizetti La Fille du régiment) and Marcellina (Mozart Le nozze di Figaro). Much sought after as a concert singer, Ann has sung with the Orchestre de Paris under Rafael Kubelik, the Philadelphia Orchestra under Wolfgang Sawallisch, the Berliner Philharmoniker under Riccardo Muti, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Sir Georg Solti, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Sir Bernard Haitink […]

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Lev Natochenny – Piano (Germany, Russia)

Lev Natochenny – Piano (Germany, Russia)

“a genius in his creativity”– Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Lev Natochenny is an artist who defies simple classification. Described as a “real genius in his creativity” by European critics and a “rare master of his instrument” by New York critics, he combines innovation and intelligence, technical brilliance and attention to details of the musical text, and above all emerges with an astonishingly independent musical personality. Influenced by the greatest artists as Sviatoslav Richter and David Oistrakh, Lev Natochenny received his formal education from the famed Moscow Conservatory in the class of eminent professors Lev Oborin and Boris Zemliansky.  Having been recognized early for his unusually mature and inspired interpretations and mastery of the instrument Mr. Natochenny became the Assistant to Prof. Lev Oborin at an unheard of age of 19. He went on to receive his Diploma with Honors from the same Conservatory, where he continued to develop his taste for uncommonly independent style recognized by critics and audiences alike. Subsequent honors, including Gold Medal “with particular distinction” in a scandal-marred 1981 F. Busoni International Piano Competition, First Prize in Young Artists International Piano Competition and Gina Bachauer Award, led to concert […]

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Sergei Leiferkus – baritone (Russia)

Sergei Leiferkus – baritone (Russia)

Russian baritone Sergei Leiferkus is recognised as one of the century’s great virtuoso singers, an artist who is both in the famous Russian tradition of baritones and basses and who also transverses across a very wide cultural spectrum. His interpretations of major roles such as Eugene Onegin, Iago, Scarpia and Mephistopheles have become contemporary performance yardsticks of those parts. Born in Leningrad in 1946, Sergei Leiferkus studied at the Leningrad, now St Petersburg, Conservatory. He made his debut with the Maly Theatre of Leningrad in 1972, where he became a member, gaining notable attention in Eugene Onegin, Iolanta, the Barber of Seville and Don Giovanni. In 1977 he joined the Kirov Opera Company, making his debut as Andrei in Prokofiev’s War and Peace which was conducted by Valery Gergiev, then the assistant conductor to the Music Director Yuri Temirkanov. It was at the Kirov Opera that Sergei Leiferkus’s international reputation as a powerful singer and imaginative actor was strongly established. In 1982 Sergei Leiferkus was engaged to sing at the Wexford Festival, to where he was invited back for four consecutive seasons. In 1983 he appeared with the Berlin Philharmonic […]

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Manolis Papasifakis- Accompanist (Greece)

Manolis Papasifakis- Accompanist (Greece)

Manolis Papasifakis was born in Athens, Greece, but his musical schooling began in the United States, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where his family had relocated and remained through his early school years. Here, while still at pre-school age he was enrolled at the Drexel Hill Conservatory of Music and began piano lessons with the school’s director, Elijah Yardumian, brother of noted composer Richard Yardumian and a highly respected musical pedagogue in his own right. Mr. Papasifakis remained at this school under Mr. Yardumian’s tutelage for four years, after which his family returned to Athens. There followed a period of private musical study in Athens, and then formal study at the Athens Conservatory (piano with Aliki Vatikioti).   Mr. Papasifakis returned to the United States as a student at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, from which he received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance (piano study with Wilbur Price). A ten-year residence in New York City followed completion of his college studies, during which he pursued a wide range of musical activity, reflective of his own varied interests. A member of the piano faculty at the Brooklyn School of […]

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