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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Nuccia Focile – Soprano (Italy and UK)

Nuccia Focile – Soprano (Italy and UK)

Nuccia Focile is an Italian soprano and professor at the Wales International Academy of Voice.   Nuccia was born in Sicily, studied at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Turin under Elio Battaglia and made her operatic debut in 1983 as Serpina in “La Serva Padrona” by Pergolesi in Spoleto.   In 1984 she sung her first Mimi in “La Boheme” by Puccini at the Teatro Regio in Turin and made her debut as Oscar in Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” at La Scala Milan in 1985. Also in that year she won the International Pavarotti Competition in Philadelphia, following which she made many concert and opera appearances with the famous tenor. In 1995 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Mimi in Puccini’s “La Boheme”. Nuccia Focile has appeared in many roles, such as Nannetta in “Falstaff” , Nedda in “Pagliacci”, Violetta in “La Traviata”, Elisabetta in “Don Carlos”, Susanna in “Le Nozze di Figaro”, the title role in “Madama Butterfly and Katya Kabanova,Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin”,Amelia in “Simon Boccanegra”, Musetta in “La Boheme, the title role in “Jenufa”, Despina in “Cosi Fan Tutte”, Adina in “L’Elisir d’Amore”, Liu in […]

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Artur Pizarro – Piano (Portugal)

Artur Pizarro – Piano (Portugal)

Artur Pizarro is a concert pianist and Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the Academia Nacional Superior de Orquestra in Lisbon   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, […]

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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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