The only pianist in the world currently performing the complete Rachmaninoff solo piano works within the composer’s 150th-anniversary year of 2023, Asiya Korepanova is a pianistic powerhouse hailed as a "tremendously gifted pianist who exhibits a singular affinity for Rachmaninoff’s Russian romantic idiom and possesses the blazing technique to fully realize his distinctive scores" (South Florida Classical Review).
A herald of an enormous repertoire encompassing over 60 piano concertos and ranging from early Baroque works to music of living composers, Asiya is a quintessential completist who finds unique inspiration in performing complete collections of works such as the 24 Liszt Etudes or the Well-Tempered Clavier by Bach. Her emotionally charged and colorfully nuanced performances have gained her the admiration of audiences and resulted in many repeat engagements.
Asiya, a pianist and composer, draws her musical inspiration from the legacy of Dmitry Shostakovich, having studied composition under his direct disciple, Albert Leman.
She is the author of historic solo piano transcriptions of Richard Strauss’ 'Ein Heldenleben', Rachmaninoff's Cello Sonata, Tchaikovsky's 'Manfred' Symphony, and Mussorgsky's 'Songs and Dances of Death', all of which have placed her among today’s formidable transcribers.
An avid chamber musician, Asiya performs with a wide array of musicians. Her partners include David Shifrin, the Hermitage Piano Trio, Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, Svetoslav Stoyanov, Giora Schmidt, and Alexander Fiterstein. She regularly performs as part of the '88 by 20' piano duo with her friend and former classmate, Grammy-nominated pianist Ilya Kazantsev.
Asiya is also highly recognized for her work as a visual artist and poet, reflecting her uncompromising dedication to the arts. Uninhibited in her artistic expression, Asiya's communicative desires have culminated in several projects featuring original poetry and visual art that serve as interpretive commentary for a particular cycle of piano works. These cycles include Liszt’s Transcendental Etudes, Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Tchaikovsky’s 18 Morceaux, Op. 72, and, most recently, Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Asiya's live performances of these compositions have astounded audiences and organizers alike.
Caring about the development of society, in 2017 Asiya founded Music for Minds, a non-profit organization that brings classical performances into classrooms and creates music festivals featuring unique programming. From 2017 through 2019, Asiya directed her brainchild 'Festival Baltimore,' a two-week chamber music series and summer academy dedicated to the performance and study of complete cycles, one of Music for Mind's projects. In just three years, the festival solidified itself as a highly original music series and academy, presenting a wide array of styles and performers.
Asiya was born in Izhevsk, Russia, to a musical family. She began learning the piano at 4 years old from her mother Soreya, her first piano teacher. At the age of 6, she was taught to read music in orchestral clefs by her father Sergey, an exemplary composer, and she started composing her own music. At 9, she made her orchestral debut, playing Mozart Concerto No. 8 with her own cadenza, and gave her first full philharmonic recital.
Simultaneously, she began studying composition with Albert Leman, the chair of Moscow
Conservatory's composition department and a student of Dmitry Shostakovich. She continued working with him until his passing in 1998. That short period has influenced all future aspects of her musical and artistic development.
As a result of her early bond with composition, she appreciates new music. In Russia, she premiered three piano concertos by Vladislav Kazenin and Shamil Timerbulatov, performing with the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Petersburg Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., she has premiered various works by Michael Daugherty, Thomas Sleeper, Orlando Garcia, among others.
Throughout her early years in Russia, Ms. Korepanova received various awards for her prodigious abilities. These include the Russian Federation Presidential Award for Exceptional Achievement in the Arts, the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), the Germany Berliner Salon Award (2003), the Russia Youth Triumph Award (2005), and the title of Honored Artist of Udmurtia (2009).
In 2012, Asiya moved to the United States at the invitation of renowned pianist and maestro Santiago Rodriguez, to earn a Doctoral degree under his guidance at the University of Miami. Later that year, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Nena Wideman International Piano Competition—an achievement that proved invaluable in establishing her concertizing career in the U.S. In 2017, she added a University of Miami Artist Diploma degree to her portfolio, having earned it in the studios of Kevin Kenner and Tian Ying.
Asiya has since continued to garner national attention with performances at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Phillips Collection, and many other notable recital series, symphony orchestras, and festivals throughout the country. She has been featured on CNN, NPR stations, WFMT, and WETA.
In 2023, Asiya embarks on a monumental project in celebration of Rachmaninoff’s 150th birth anniversary, performing his complete solo piano music in 6 recital programs throughout the United States. She premieres her latest transcription—the Manfred Symphony by Peter Tchaikovsky; tours performing Clara Schumann, Grieg, and Rachmaninoff piano concertos; anticipates the releases of scores of her compositions: the Poéme for alto saxophone and piano and Con Brio for two pianos, as well as transcriptions of works by Mussorgsky, Franck, Amy Beach, Fauré, Berg, and Bach.
The most recent composition events include the world premiere recording of Asiya’s concerto for alto saxophone and piano, Poéme, performed by Thomas Giles and Liana Pailodze Harron; the publication of her transcription of Rachmaninoff's cello sonata; the premiere of her Piano Quintet ‘I marvel at the sky’, commissioned by the Third Dimension Music Festival; and the premiere of Con Brio for two pianos, performed with her duo partner Ilya Kazantsev as a part of the Dranoff Two Piano Foundation series.
Asiya and her husband Dmitry reside in a forest-rich Boston suburb, where she has unlimited time and hours of the day to practice or listen to music. She is an avid runner, hiker, and advocate for a healthy lifestyle.