Katya Grineva, pianist

I loved playing piano the moment I touched it for the first time. There was never a question of me doing anything other than becoming a concert pianist

Nelly Akopian-Tamarina, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? Both my parents were musical. My mother would take me to opera and ballet at the Bolshoi. My father would read me Pushkin and dabble in Bach. But it was my mother principally who single-handedly executed her vision and…

Yulia Chaplina, pianist

An authentic artist must have an interpretation they truly believe in, and that is what makes music such a unique and special art form.

Alexey Goribol, pianist

Who or what inspired you to take up the piano, and pursue a career in music? “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky. When I was five or six years old I heard the famous melody and realised that I had to play it at once. There was a piano in the kindergarten, I sat down in front…

Alex Karpeyev, pianist

if I really think about a model for a musician’s life and career, it is Sergey Rachmaninov. Not only was he one of the greatest ever concert pianists, a successful conductor and a composer, he also found time to remain approachable and enjoy simple, everyday life