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Biography

Classical pianist who explores new approaches to making classical music more accessible to audiences

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My musical activities

I am a student at University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria, where I study music under the piano Professor Markus Schirmer. Prior to that, I spent a year in Vienna at the University of Music and Performing Arts under the Professor Vladimir Kharin.

My initial experience in music is rooted in Riga (Latvia), where I was born.

My first music lessons started at the age of four with a private teacher. A year later, I was admitted to the Riga Musical Emil Darzins School for gifted children where I spent eleven consecutive years studying music. My general academic education was completed at a private secondary school in Riga.

It proved quite a fruitful period for my musical career. I played many concerts in Latvia and Baltic countries, both piano solo and with symphony orchestras. I won all three Latvian State piano competitions for young pianists that were held during this time (2007, 2010, 2013).

In addition, I won several international competitions in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, including the “Young Musician – Tallinn” , where I was also awarded with three special prizes – for Eminent style, for the Best virtuoso piece, and for the Best interpretation of J.S. Bach.

Between 2006/09, I studied composition in Riga and won the first prize in the International competition of young composers in Latvia in 2007.

Masterclasses with renowned pianists and professors were an integral part of my education. I received lessons from Paul Badura-Skoda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Vladimir Krainev, Bruno Canino, Oleg Maisenberg, Konstantin Lifschitz, Dina Yoffe, Eldar Nebolsin, Muza Rubackite, Sofia Gulyiak, and Boris Berman.

I took part in the the Académie de Musique de Lausanne in 2015 and the International Summer Academy of the MDW in Payerbach-Reichenau where I won the Main Piano Prize. I also won the Rudolf Heydner MDW competition in Vienna in 2014.

My basic solo repertoire comprises of traditional classical compositions from the 18th to the first half of 20th centuries. I also play in duo with my brother, violinist Yevgeny Chepovetsky, and in trio with string and wind instruments with my university mates.

As to my musical preferences, my beloved composers are, to name a few, Franz Schubert, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Sebastian Bach, Sergey Rachmaninov. A performing style that resonates with me the most is definitely that of the Golden age of piano, i.e the end of the 19th and the first half of the 20th century.

My other interests in music are connected with the art of counterpoint, arrangement, and playing historical keyboard instruments.

While living and studying in Austria, I received grants, and other support from several organizations, including Rudolf Heydner-Stiftung (2014), Fürst Dietrichstein’sche Stiftung (2017), Rotary Club Graz Süd (2018).