Simon Karakulidi, Russia

Born in 1997 in Novorossiysk, Russia, Simon Karakulidi began his studies with Prof. Mira Marchenko at Central Musical School in Moscow in 2013. 

Simon is a prizewinner of the First Vladimir Krainev Piano Competition in Moscow (Second Prize and two special awards), and “Astana Piano Passion” Piano Competition (First Prize). Simon has participated in masterclasses with world-acclaimed musicians such as Leon Fleisher, Arie Vardi, William Grant Nabore, and Pavel Nercessian. 

In June 2018, Simon was awarded the Enlight Prize at the Art of Piano Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2019, Simon was awarded First Prize at the Ann & Charles Eisemann International Young Artists Competition and the Grand Prize of the Naftzger Competition. In the summer of 2019, Simon was a finalist in the International Keyboard Institute & Festival Competition in New York City. Since August 2016, Simon has been studying with Stanislav Ioudenitch at Park University under full scholarship. 

Competitor, Semifinalist, Finalist, Third Place Winner: Second Triennial Olga Kern International Piano Competition. October 27–November 3, 2019. Albuquerque, New Mexico.