Ukrainian-born pianist Anastasiya Naplekova has a unique voice in the world of music, performing with “effortless virtuosity” (Cincinnati Enquirer) and delivering the most challenging works of the piano repertoire with “strongly personal performance(s)” (The Miami Herald).
Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, she has recently received her doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying under the distinguished tutelage of Professor Santiago Rodriguez.
Ms. Naplekova received her B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts, studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. She continued her studies at the University of Florida with Professor Kevin Sharpe, where she received her second M.M. in piano performance. Ms. Naplekova has participated in master classes with Ian Hobson, Robert Roux, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Phillip Entremont. Among Ms. Naplekova’s achievements include prizes at the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 6th International Ignacy Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, the International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the 4th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in France, the Wideman Piano Competition in Louisiana, and most recently the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco.
An international performer, Ms. Naplekova has participated in music festivals such as the Paris International Summer Sessions organized by Foundation Bell’Arte, Beethoven Master Classes with Menahem Pressler in Boston, and CCM Prague International Piano Institute; she has also appeared in solo recitals throughout Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, France, and the USA. As a concerto performer, she has played with multiple orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Crimea State Symphony Orchestra, and recently with the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher as the opening performance for the 2012 Festival Miami concert series. Ms. Naplekova is also the recipient of special grants from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine.