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Profile: Angelina Kopyrina, pianist

06/06/2021

Who and/or what have been the most important influences on your musical career?

When I was 5 years old, Denis Matseuv lived with my family for 3 years (1991- 94) while studying at Central Special Music School under the Moscow State Conservatory. It was his presence in my life that inspired me to pursue a career in piano. He insisted to my mother that I study with his professor and mentor Valery Piassetski, which gained me entrance into the CSM school where I studied for 11 years.

What have been the greatest challenges of your musical career so far?

It’s been challenging completing a PhD while learning new repertoire and simultaneously giving recitals. And, as English is my second language, it took time for me to develop the academic conventions.

What are the particular pleasures and challenges of collaborating with other musicians?

I mostly do solo recitals: I like to have the audience to myself!

Are there any composers for whom you feel a particular affinity?

I am currently completing my PhD entitled “Rachmaninov’s Piano sonatas: author’s editions; challenges of interpretation” so it’s fair to say, I have a strong affinity to Rachmaninov, however, most of my recitals normally include Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev.

Which performances are you most proud of, or are the most memorable for you?

At 14, I performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic Orchestra in Yaroslavl, Russia. Also, at 14 I won second prize at the 4th International Nikolai Rubenstein piano competition in Paris.

While studying in London, I performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 23 and Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Barbican Hall, as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 at Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music and St Martin-in-the-Fields which of course was memorable. I was just 18 and had just arrived in England when I played at the Barbican. I was a bit overawed by the fact that the concert was a sell-out, perhaps aided by the fact that it was for the Princes Trust charity – nothing to do with me!

What advice would you give to those who are considering a career in music?

It depends on their ambitions. If you want to be a Classical/Concert pianist then you will need to give 100% dedication and sacrifice your time. Practising 6 hours a day, every day. Being a concert pianist is a lonely life!!

How would you define success as a musician?

Achieving your goals/ambitions, whatever they are.

Angelina Kopyrina is a multiple classical pianist who has won prizes in several UK and European competitions including the International Czech Republic competition, Morey Piano Competition and 2nd prize at The Hastings Music festival Piano Concerto competition.

She attended the Central Music School, held at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, aged 6 where she studied under Valery Piassetski.

“Angelina’s interpretation of the Mephisto waltz is unique, a mixture of grandiose power combined with a delicate touch.” – Yonty Solomon

At 14, Angelina performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2 with the Yaroslavl Philharmonic Orchestra in Yaroslavl and won second prize at the 4th International Nikolai Rubenstein piano competition in Paris.

“Brilliant virtuosity with great sonority in Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.2” – Philip Fowke

Angelina continued her studies under Nina Sereda at Trinity College of Music, London where her natural virtuosic, passionate and powerful interpretations led to performances of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, Mozart Piano Concerto No.23 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini at the Barbican Hall, London as well as Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 at Dukes Hall, Royal Academy of Music and St Martin-in-the-Fields, London.

“Absolutely stunning and brilliant interpretation of Liszt’s Dante Sonata”- Tatiana Zelikman

Angelina is studying “Rachmaninov’s Piano sonatas: author’s editions; challenges of interpretation” as the subject of her PhD at the University of Chichester.

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Watch her play Rachmaninov’s piano sonatas No.1, D minor, op.28 and No.2, B flat minor, op.36.

 

Author: Simon O'Hea with Angelina Kopyrina

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