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Nafis Umerkulova (piano) plays Schumann and Scriabin

Wednesday July 24, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for Piano No 1 in F sharp minor Op 11 - Robert Schumann
  2. 4 Preludes Op 22 - Alexander Scriabin
  3. Sonata for Piano No 4 in F sharp Op 30 - Alexander Scriabin

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nafis Umerkulova began playing the piano at the age of 5. She started performing from the age of 7 and soon became the 2nd prize-winner at the “Sog’lom Avlod Uchun” Republican Piano Competition in Tashkent. This was followed by prizes at the International Piano Competition such as the Balys Dvarionas and the Nikolai Rubinstein competitions.

In 2004 Nafis moved to UK to continue her musical education at the Purcell School of Music, later at the Royal Academy of Music (2006) and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2010). During these years she studied with William Fong, Tatiana Sarkissova and Aaron Shorr and had been awarded a full scholarship at every place of study.

While a student at the RAM, Nafis was invited to participate at the Tel-Hai International Masterclasses and was among very few pianists chosen to study with Dmitri Bashkirov and awarded a scholarship. During her studies at the RCS she did a concert tour in Slovenia playing in a duo with a cellist Katarina Majcen following the invitation from “Glasbene mladine Slovenije”. One of the featured recitals took place at the Philarharmonia Hall in Ljubljana that was broadcasted on Slovenian radio and television. In the same year Nafis recorded Schubert’s Sonata D 958 for a Schubert documentary by BBC 2.

Nafis participated in Masterclasses with Dmitriy Bashkirov, Lev Natochenny, Pascal Devoyon, Pascal Roge, Steven Osborne, Stephen Kovacevich, Andrei Gavrilov, Robert Levin and many others. Her numerous performances in UK include solo and chamber music recitals in Wigmore Hall, Drapers Hall, Purcell Room, St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Winchester Cathedral, Glasgow City Halls, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Among various competition prizes, Nafis is a winner of the Edith Steinitz Prize and a 3rd prize winner of the International BRANT Piano Competition.

In 2012 Nafis moved back to London, as she was awarded the Arthur Haynes Scholarship to pursue the Advanced Independent Study programme at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire, studying with Deniz Gelenbe. In the same year she also won the prestigious Myra Hess Award generated by Help Musicians UK.

Most recently Nafis has been invited to undertake the Advanced Performance Diploma course at the Birmingham Conservatoire, for which she was awarded the Denis Matthews Trust Scholarship. She also receives lessons with professor Mikhail Olenev at the Moscow Conservatory.

Nafis is deeply grateful to the Fagus Anstruther Memorial Fund and Help Musicians UK for their support.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
197 Piccadilly
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