• Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva

  • PIANO DUO

    Charles Owen & Katya Apekisheva

    One of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing today, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are passionate advocates for the wide range of four hands and two piano repertoire. In parallel with their extensive solo careers, they have been performing together around the world and across the UK since 2001. Their close collaboration stems from a shared teacher, the inspirational Irina Zaritskaya, with whom they both studied at the Royal College of Music. Their friendship dates from 1987 during a visit of students from the Gnessin School in Moscow to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. The duo released a first recording for Quartz in 2016, featuring Stravinsky's two piano ballets, the Rite of Spring and Petrushka, with a dedication to the memory of their teacher. Their second disc came out in January 2018 on Avie featuring music by Rachmaninov, recorded at Kings Place. Together, Charles and Katya are the Artistic Directors and founders of the London Piano Festival, which is held annually at Kings Place.

  • Biographies

    Charles Owen

    Charles Owen is recognised as one of the finest British pianists of his generation with an extensive series of performances and recordings to his name.

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    Katya Apekisheva

    Katya Apekisheva is one of Europe’s most renowned pianists, in demand internationally as both a soloist and as a chamber musician.

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  • Rachmaninov Two-Piano Suites; Six Morceaux, Op. 11

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  • Upcoming concerts

    3 October 2019 | London Piano Festival | Kings Place, London

    'God, Mankind & Nature’
    Katya Apekisheva + Charles Owen

    Mozart Sonata In F, K280 (KA)

    Jonathan Dove Bindweed & Hop,Skip,Jump (KA)

    Grieg Lyric Pieces - The Brook op.62 & Lonely Wanderer op.43 (KA)

    Grieg Carnival Scene op.19 (KA)

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    Liszt Legende - ‘St Francis of Assisi Preaching to the Birds’ (CO)

    Liszt ‘Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este’ (CO)

    Jonathan Dove Catching Fire (CO)

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    Poulenc Sonata for two pianos (KA + CO)

    Rzewski Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues (KA + CO)
    Katya Apekisheva and Charles Owen
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    5 October | London Piano Festival | Kings Place, London

    'Two-Piano Marathon' with Katya Apekisheva, Ingrid Fliter, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton, Charles Owen, Susan Tomes

    Mozart Adagio and Fugure in C minor (ST + TH)
    Mozart Larghetto and Allegro (ST + TH)
    Ravel Introduction and Allegro (ST + CO)
    Debussy Jeux (TH + CO)
    Mark-Anthony Turnage Two Portraits (TH + CO)
    Stravinsky Madrid (KA + CO)
    Chabrier España (KA + CO)
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    Brahms Haydn Variations ( CIH + KA)
    Jonathan Dove New Work *WORLD PREMIERE* (KA + CO)
    Bartok 7 pieces from Mikrokosmos (IF + CIH)
    Arensky Suite No. 1 (KA + IF)
    Katya Apekisheva, Ingrid Fliter, Christian Ihle Hadland, Tim Horton, Charles Owen, Susan Tomes
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  • Stravinsky Piano Ballets

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    BBC Music Magazine

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    "This performance crackles with excitement"

  • Press

    The Telegraph

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    "it was a perpetual-motion machine of running notes and syncopated accents, passed and back forth with hair-raising virtuosity by Owen and Apekisheva"

    Planet Hugill

     

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    Brilliant pianism and physical dexterity"

    BBC Music Magazine

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    "Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky's world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself"​

    Bachtrack

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    "Apekisheva and Owen brought a magical liquidity of sound"

    Gramophone

     

    PODCAST

    Pianists Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva have recently recorded a disc of Stravinsky’s Petrushka andThe Rite of Spring for Quartz in piano four-hand transcriptions. Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly talks to them about the challenges of performing these formidable works on our latest podcast.

    International Piano

    PREVIEW

    Jeremy Nicholas speaks to Charles Owen, Katya Apekisheva, Kathryn Stott and Julian Joseph about the London Piano Festival

    The Independent

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    "Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are superb pianists in their own right... as a duo they make more than the sum of their parts"

    Jessica Duchen Classical Music Blog

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    "A new piano festival for London!"

  • London Piano Festival

    Curated by Co-Artistic-Directors Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva

  • Videos

    Faure Le Pas Espagnole

    Andrew Marr Show

    Milhaud
    Scaramouche

    ClassicFM

    Stravinsky
    The Rite of Spring

    RhinegoldLIVE

    Ravel
    Mother Goose Suite

    RhinegoldLIVE

    Rachmaninoff
    Barcarolle

    RhinegoldLIVE

    Rachmaninoff
    Slava

    RhinegoldLIVE

  • Contact

    For further information please contact

    Rebecca Johns
    rebecca.johns@premiercomms.com

    020 7292 7336