International Concert Pianist, Andrew Yiangou, has recently been selected as one of the fourteen semifinalist’s to participate in the 12th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition 2020 in Utrecht. He was a recipient of the prestigious Mills Williams Junior Fellowship whilst studying at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Professors Norma Fisher, Vanessa Latarche and Gordon Fergus-Thompson. He was awarded multiple scholarships including support for his studies from the Tillet Trust and Eileen Rowe Musical Award Trust.
Andrew has worked with artists such as Robert Levin, Ya-Fei Chuang, Stephen Hough, Lang Lang, Charles Owen, Kathryn Stott, Peter Jablonski and Boaz Sharon, and has won prizes at international competitions including the ‘3rd Gershwin International Piano Competition’ in New York, ’Bromsgrove International Competition’ and the ‘Norah Sande Award’ in the UK, the ‘WPTA International Piano Competition’ in Novi Sad, Serbia, the ‘19th International Petar Konjovic Piano Competition’ in Belgrade, Serbia, and the ‘International Piano Festival Poros’ in Greece. He has worked with artists from various chamber ensembles including the Bardolino Trio, Elias Quartet, Callino Quartet, Cherubini Quartet and the Heine Quartet.
Andrew has performed at various venues in the UK including Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, St. James’s Piccadilly, Steinway Hall, St. Lawrence Jewry, St. Barnabas Ealing and St. Mary's Perivale. He has travelled all over the world to perform in countries including USA, Serbia, Greece, Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Poland. With orchestra he has performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1, Saint Saens’ 2nd Piano Concerto and the Grieg Piano Concerto with various orchestras including the Ealing Youth Orchestra, Ealing Symphony Orchestra, City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra, Bedford County Youth Orchestra and Dorking Philharmonia.
The repertoire he performs not only includes the greatest works by mainstream composers but also the music of lesser known composers such as Nikolai Kapustin, Leopold Godowsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Nikolai Medtner, Georgy Catorie and Sergei Lyapunov.
‘’Joanna Kacperek’s pianism is of the first order. What struck me was not only the natural flow of her interpretations, or the beauty of her sound, but above all the ability to move me, and the sheer joyfulness that transpired from every note she played’’ – Antonio Pompa- Baldi
International concert pianist, Joanna Kacperek has performed in major concert halls in Poland (Warsaw Philharmonic, Concert Studio of the Polish Radio, the Royal Castle in Warsaw, NOSPR in Katowice) and abroad (including United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Norway, Russia, the Ukraine, Canada and Japan). As a soloist, she has performed with such orchestras as the Symphony Orchestra of the National Philharmonic in Warsaw, State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow and Lviv Virtuosos Chamber Orchestra.
From September 2019, Joanna is studying at The Royal College of Music in London in the class of Norma Fisher, as the recipient of the C. Bechstein Scholarship and The Zetland Foundation Scholarship. Joanna is a graduate from the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw (diploma with distinction) where she studied with Ewa Pobłocka. She also studied at the ‘Berlin University of Arts’ in Germany (academic year 2016/2017) where she was mentored by Professor Markus Groh as the receipt of an Erasmus scholarship. Joanna has also received the scholarships from the Minister of Culture and from the Prime Minister.
Joanna Kacperek has won international piano competitions in Szafarnia (‘F.Chopin’), Pilsen (‘B.Smetana’), Paris (‘M.Magin’) as well as the National Witold Lutosławski Music Competition in Warsaw. The achievements of the pianist include winning a special prize at the International Edvard Grieg Piano Competition in Bergen (2016), granted unanimously by the jury and the composer Christian Blom for the best performance of his work. In November 2017, together with violinist Roksana Kwaśnikowska, Joanna won The 2nd International Beethoven Chamber Music Competition, organized by The Krzysztof Penderecki European Music Centre, Internationale Beethoven Gesellschaft and The Ludwig van Beethoven Association.
Alongside a growing career as a soloist, Joanna Kacperek is highly celebrated for being a multi-faceted pianist. She regularly performs with singers and instrumental players. Her duo with violinist Roksana Kwaśnikowska represented Poland at the Kyoto International Music Students Festival in Japan (2015) and regularly performs recitals both in Poland and abroad.
The pianist has participated in master classes of such artists as: Dina Yoffe, Arie Vardi, Anna Malikova, Boris Berman, Nikolai Demidenko, Bernd Goetzke, Hinrich Alpers, Fumiko Eguchi, Philippe Giusano, Jiri Chlinka, Katarzyna Popowa – Zydroń, Piotr Paleczny, Andrzej Jasiński, Krzysztof Jabłoński, Wojciech Świtała.