Katya Apekisheva




Born into a family of musicians, Katya studied at the Gnessin School in Moscow followed by Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and then the Royal College of Music in London. 

She was a prize winner in several international competitions including the Scottish and Leeds piano competitions where she performed Rachmaninov's 2nd piano concerto under Sir Simon Rattle.


Katya performs regularly with orchestras including the English Chamber, Royal Philharmonic, Wiesbaden and Ofunam (Mexico City) Orchestras.
Katya's solo CD of works by Grieg was Gramophone Editor's Choice and Classic FM CD of the week.

Katya is a keen chamber musician and performs frequently with artists including Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Jack Liebeck, Natalie Clein and Charles Owen and such string quartets as the Heath, Navarra, Brodsky and Belcea quartets.

She has a highly successful piano duo partnership with Charles Owen.


Recent highlights include solo recitals in London, Glasgow and Tokyo and performances at the Ryedale, Leicester, Westport, North York Moors and Music in Country Churches festivals. 

Katya's recent duo CD release of Stravinsky piano ballets with Charles Owen has received high critical acclaim.


Katya and Charles are artistic directors of the annual London Piano Festival which is held at Kings Place. 

Katya is a professor of piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.