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 […]

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Nikolai Demidenko – Piano (Russia)

Nikolai Demidenko – Piano (Russia)

Russian-born pianist Nikolai Demidenko studied at the Gnessins Music School with Anna Kantor before joining the Moscow Conservatory with Dmitri Bashkirov. He was one of the winners of the Montreal International Music Competition and the International Tchaikovsky Competition. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Surrey in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Music and the University.   Authoritative interpretations of over fifty concerti, specifically those of Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms, Prokofiev, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, have brought Nikolai Demidenko worldwide recognition and critical acclaim. His passionate, virtuosic performances and musical individuality marked him as one of the most extraordinary pianists of this century.   Nikolai has worked with many renowned conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Sir Roger Norrington, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Charles Dutoit, Evgeny Svetlanov and Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestras with whom he has collaborated include the St Petersburg Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Queensland Symphony Orchestra, KBS Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Simfónica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, Orquesta Nacional de Espana, Orchestre National de France […]

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Susan Bullock – Soprano (UK)

Susan Bullock – Soprano (UK)

Susan Bullock’s unique position as one of the world’s most sought-after British dramatic sopranos was recognised by the award of a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in June 2014.   One of her most distinctive roles, Wagner’s Brünnhilde has garnered outstanding praise leading Susan Bullock to become the first ever soprano to sing four consecutive cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Royal Opera House under Sir Antonio Pappano. Appearances as Richard Strauss’ Elektra have brought her equal international acclaim and collaborations with some of the world’s leading conductors including Fabio Luisi, Semyon Bychkov, Seiji Ozawa, Sir Mark Elder and Edo de Waart.   Susan Bullock’s vast and diverse concert work has included the Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as working with Zubin Mehta and the orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper.   In recent seasons, Susan Bullock continues to expand into new repertoire including debuts as Kostelnička (Jenůfa) for Grange Park Opera, Minnie (La fanciulla del West) for English National Opera, both Mother and The Witch (Hänsel und Gretel) for Opera North, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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