Pianist Bios and Photos

Margarita Shevchenko

Margarita Shevchenko has been a winner of major international piano competitions including the International Chopin Piano Competition in Warsaw; Leeds International Piano Competition, England; UNISA International Piano Competition, Pretoria, South Africa, Cleveland International Piano Competition, USA; and the Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, Israel. Praised for her Chopin interpretations, she has also been the recipient of the Special ” Chopin Prize” at five of those competitions in addition to the main prizes won.

Shevchenko has toured throughout the world, giving recital and concerto performances in the United States, Canada, throughout Europe, Brazil, Japan, Russia, Israel and South Africa. Highlights of her many orchestral appearances include performances with the “Moscow Virtuosi” orchestra under Vladimir Spivakov, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and Cape Town Symphony under JoAnn Faletta, Polish National Philharmonic, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Wuerttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Symphonica Braziliera and many others.

The leading newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung noted: “Pianist Margarita Shevchenko …proved to be sensational” and the New York Times called her playing “exemplary”.

Shevchenko was heard in live broadcasts in Canada, Great Britain, Denmark, Russia, South Africa, Germany and throughout USA, including WCLV Radio in Cleveland and WFMT Fine Arts Radio in Chicago. She has also recorded for NHK Television, Japan at NYC Steinway Hall.

Shevchenko has given solo recitals to critical acclaim at New York’s Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Old Opera House in Frankfurt; Salle Cortot, and Chatelet Theater in Paris; Tchaikovsky Hall and the Big Hall of Moscow Conservatory; Jack Singer Concert Hall, Calgary; Mann Auditorium, Tel-Aviv, Israel and many others.

Her four CDs include a collection of works by Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Scarlatti and others. Music critic for the American Record Guide John Bell Young described them as “object lessons in musical intelligence and decorum.”

Former member of the Cleveland Institute of Misic and the Miami International Piano Academy, Shevchenko has served as a judge of the American Paderewski International Piano Competition, Cleveland International Piano Competition and the National Chopin Piano Competition of the USA, among others.

Margarita Shevchenko serves as associate professor of piano at Michigan State University’s College of Music.

Asiya Korepanova

The only pianist currently performing Liszt’s 24 Etudes as a single program and one of few to tout a concerto list that features over 60 works, Asiya Korepanova is a pianistic powerhouse and rapidly rising star. A result of her uncompromising dedication to the arts, Ms. Korepanova is recognized not only for her achievements as a pianist, but also for her work as a transcriber, composer, visual artist, and poet.

Asiya’s contributions to the solo piano literature —including her historic solo piano transcription of Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” and that of Rachmaninoff ‘s Cello Sonata—have given her a place among today’s formidable transcribers.

A number of her transcriptions have been recorded through her YouTube vlog project, ‘Midnight Pieces’. Launched in September, 2017, Asiya shares 53 performances of short works. Among these are well-known works, Russian compositions, obscure works, and original transcriptions.

Uninhibited in her artistic expression, Asiya’s communicative desires have culminated in several projects featuring original poetry and visual art that serve as an interpretive commentary to a particular cycle of works for the piano. These cycles include Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier and Tchaikovsky’s 18 Morceaux, Op. 72. Asiya’s live performances of these compositions have astounded audiences and organizers alike.

In 2017 Asiya founded ‘Festival Baltimore’, a two-week chamber music series and summer academy dedicated to the performance and study of complete cycles. Rapidly growing in reputation, festival has already solidified its reputation as a highly original musical series and academy.

Furthering this effort, Ms. Korepanova founded ‘Music for Minds’, a non-profit organization that serves to promote classical performances in classrooms as well as to found and support music festivals featuring unique programming.

Asiya was born in Izhevsk, Russia, to a musical family. She began to learn piano when she was 4 years old from her mother, her first piano teacher. She was taught to read music in orchestral clefs by her father, an exemplary composer, at the age of 6, and started composing her own music. At 9, she made her orchestral debut, playing Mozart’s Concerto No.8 with her own cadenza, and performed her first philharmonic recital.

Her love for new music has come effortlessly as a result of her early bond with composition. She was invited to premiere 3 piano concertos by Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatov, with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra.

Additionally, she has presented the premiere performance of various works by Matthew Evan Taylor, Michael Daugherty, Thomas Sleeper and Orlando Garcia.

Throughout her formative years in Russia, Ms. Korepanova received various awards for her prodigious abilities. These include the Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts”. the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), Germany’s Berliner Salon Award (2003), and Russia’s Youth Triumph Award (2005), the title of ‘Honored Artist of Udmurtia’ (2009), and earned her right as the Moscow Philharmonic Society’s artist.

In 2012, Asiya moved to the United States at the invitation of renowned pianist, Santiago Rodriguez. Later that year, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition – an accolade which proved invaluable in the establishment of her concertizing career in the U.S.

She has since continued to garner national attention with performances at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bargemusic Series, the Phillips Collection, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, the International Miami Piano Festival, and countless others. Ms. Korepanova has been featured on CNN, NPR stations, WFMT, and WETA.

In addition to her busy schedule concertizing as a soloist and chamber musician, Asiya eagerly anticipates the release of her historic Rachmaninoff record—which includes his piano sonatas along with her transcription of his cello sonata—and the release of a DVD—which features her performance at Tchaikovsky’s birthplace—issued by the Russian government.