Evgenia Startseva (piano)
Evgenia Startseva, born in Kazakhstan, is a pianist with an international concert career both as a soloist and as a chamber music player.
She studied at The Russian Gnessins’ Academy of Music with Theodore Gutmann and Ekaterina Derzhavina and subsequently as a postgraduate at the Moscow State Conservatoire followed by the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken.
Evgenia's busy concert schedule has subsequently taken her across the globe to the former USSR, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Ireland, Greece, Mexico, South Africa, the United States and the UK, where she now lives. She has also featured in numerous broadcasts for ITV and Sky Arts TV (UK),Südwestrundfunk (Baden-Baden), ORF2 (Vienna), Westdeutscher Rundfunk (Cologne), RTE (Ireland), Saarlländischer Rundfunk(Germany) and Eastern Kazakhstan Television.
She took part in many International Festivals, such as International Classical Music Festival in Pretoria, Festival Internazionale d' Autunno in Bergamo, Lower Machen and Cricieth Music Festivals in Wales and played in such prestigious venues as Royal Albert Hall, Middle Temple Hall in London, National Concert Hall in Glasgow, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, National Concert Hall in Dublin, Walt Disney Hall in LA, Metropolitan Museum in New York, Megaro Hall in Athens and Presidential Palace in Astana.
Evgenia performed as a soloist and as a chamber music partner with such outstanding musicians as Maxim Vengerov, Alisa Weilerstein, Nadezhda Korshakova, Yuri Paterson-Olenich, Ebéne String Quartet, Bingham String Quartet, Edinburgh String Quartet, Regency Ensemble and others. The collaboration with Maxim Vengerov began when they appeared together at the televised Classical Brit Awards in London May 2003 and gave an extensive and highly acclaimed recital tour across Europe and the USA in programmes which included Brahms’ three violin sonatas. She was described by reviewers as outstanding, super-sensitive, remarkably powerful and having a magnetic empathy.
Evgenia was selected for Yehudi Menuhin's 'Live Music Now!' scheme in 2005.
Her two recordings: first with violinist Nadezhda Korshakova of works by Mozart, Prokofiev and Schedrin in 2000 for DMK Classics and her solo CD of Shostakovich's Preludes and Prokofiev's Visions Fugitives for the Prometheus Editions Label were released to a critical acclaim.
Evgenia's latest recording of works by Nikolai Medtner for Saarlandischer Rundfunk in collaboration with Prometheus Editions label will be released later this year.
Evgenia teaches piano at St. Paul's School and in Eton College in London. She also co-runs 'Zongora Piano Week' summer course for adults amateur pianists in Hungary.