We’re pleased to announce that pianist and multidisciplinary artist Asiya Korepanova will be joining us in Carnegie Hall on February 18 to perform Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80 with the New England Symphonic Ensemble under the baton of Giuseppe Lanzetta on the first concert of our 34th season.
Young and Talented
Korepanova was born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia to a family of professional musicians. Like any child entering the family profession, she worked hard to excel and distinguish herself. She began playing piano at the age of four and by the time she was eight she had the honor of playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 8 with the State Symphony Orchestra of Udmurtia. Instead of simply performing the piece as written, Korepanova chose to play the piece with her own cadenza, as if to prove her prodigious talent. At the age of 12, she earned the Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts,” and went on to win several more awards in subsequent years.
As the daughter of a composer, Korepanova has an unusually strong affinity for contemporary classical music and frequently works with modern composers. She has personally premiered three concertos by the Russian composers Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatovin performances, and has given performances with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra of Russia, Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. After she moved to the United States in 2012, she commissioned composer Mathew Evan Taylor to write a concerto specifically suited to her talents, and in 2015, Korepanova premiered Grammy Award-winner Michael Daugherty’s “The Lightning Fields” with trumpet virtuoso Craig Morris.
Although her primary musical outlet is the piano, Korepanova’s creative passion extends to many other disciplines. In 2016 she took on the role of Artistic Director at the Capriccio Festival in Calabria, Italy, where she has worked to bring talented international performers together for concerts, workshops, and masterclasses for young musicians. Another notable venture is her multimedia poetry, comprised of poems and artwork she has created to go along with several works that are especially meaningful for her, including Liszt’s Twelve Transcendental Etudes; Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; and Tchaikovsky’s Eighteen Pieces, Op. 72. Asiya herself recites the poetry while the music is played for a totally immersive concert experience.
Over the past 34 years, MidAmerica Productions has produced over 1300 concerts at historic venues all over the world. To have your ensemble perform with talented soloists in Carnegie Hall or internationally call us at 212-239-0205 or visit our website at www.midamerica-music.com . We hope to hear from you soon.