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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Artur Pizarro – Piano (Portugal)

Artur Pizarro – Piano (Portugal)

Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1968, Artur Pizarro gave his first public performance at the age of three and made his television début on Portuguese television at the age of four. He had been introduced to the instrument by his maternal grandmother, pianist Berta da Nóbrega, and her piano-duo partner, Campos Coelho who was a student of Vianna da Motta, Ricardo Viñes and Isidor Philipp. From 1974 to 1990 Artur studied with Sequeira Costa who had also been a student of Vianna da Motta and of Mark Hamburg, Edwin Fischer, Marguerite Long and Jacques Février. This distinguished lineage immersed Artur in the tradition of the ‘Golden Age’ of pianism and gave him a broad education in both the German and French piano schools and repertoire. During a brief interruption of his studies in the USA, Artur also studied with Jorge Moyano in Lisbon, and in Paris worked with Aldo Ciccolini, Géry Moutier and Bruno Rigutto.   Artur won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition and won first prize at the 1990 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of […]

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Dennis O’Neill – Tenor (Wales)

Dennis O’Neill – Tenor (Wales)

  Dennis O’Neill CBE has appeared for all the major companies of the world, specialising in Verdi and awarded the Verdi Medal by the Amici di Verdi in recognition of his work.   His long association with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, covered leading appearances in over two hundred performances centred around the great Verdian roles. In North America, appearances included the Metropolitan Opera, (LaTraviata, LaBoheme, Rigoletto, Aida, Turandot, Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci) the San Francisco Opera (Mefistofole, Il Trovatore, La Sonnambula) and Chicago Lyric Opera.(Capuletti e Montecchi).   His extensive European career has taken him, most notably, to the Bavarian State Opera, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, Berlin State Opera, Deutche Oper Berlin, Arena di Verona, Rome Opera, Lisbon, Florence, Bologna, Marseille, Barcelona and Bolshoi Theatre on tour with La Scala.   He was appointed Commander of the British Empire for services to Opera and many other acknowledgments include the Order of St John.   Many commercial videos include Der Rosenkavalier (Solti), Verdi Requiem (Colin Davis), Macbeth (Sinopoli), Idomeneo (Mackerras), La Fanciulla del West (Slatkin) and Mefistofole live from the San Francisco Opera. Albums include several solo discs and […]

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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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