The greek- born pianist Lefki Karpodini has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in most European countries such as Germany, United Kingdom, Greece, Switzerland, France as well as in Barbados, Canada, Russia and Israel and has performed in Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, Brighton Festival, Cheltenham Festival, Banff, Pharos Trust, Festival of the Aegean, Chichester, Symi Festival, Cully Classique, Samos, Tel-Hai and others.
She was the pianist in residence at the Paxos Chamber Music Festival and the chamber music festival „Musique printaniere a Beaucaire“ in France. She has performed in halls such as Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Bolivar Hall, St. Martin-in-the-fields, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James Picadilly, Meistersaal, Rolston Hall, ZKM, Meistersaal, Theocharakis, Pallas, Parnassos and many others.
Lefki Karpodini after graduating with distinction from the Athens Music Conservatoire she moved to London to pursue her Bachelor studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Paul Roberts and James Gibb. As an ΙΚΥ recipient- the most prestigious state scholarship in Greece- she continued her Master studies and Advanced Instrumental Studies under the guidance of the well-known pianist Ronan O’Hora. At a very young age, she received the first prize and gold medal at the “Filon” Music Competition in her homeland. She has also received the Sir Henry Richardson Award (MBF) and the first price at the Schubert Competition from GSMD in London.
Her interest in contemporary music took her to Germany, where she got offered a scholarship to study at the Ensemble Modern Akademie in Frankfurt. She has repeatedly appeared in the Park Lane Series in Purcell Room and in Dresden festival with the Ensemble Modern. She has worked with various contemporary composers and has recorded in collaboration with Ensemble Modern for Deutsch Musikrat.
A well sought-after music partner, she has collaborated with internationally re-known musicians and Ensembles such as Ruby Hughes, Claire Booth, Stenhammar Quartet, Trioskop, Trio Fibonnacci, Rafael Payne, Aggelos Liakakis, Angela Yannaki, Myrsini Margariti, Apollon Grammatikopoulos, Ensemble Modern, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, Athens Symphony Orchestra, Pan- European Orchestra and many others. In 2013 she formed a piano duo with pianist Michael Brownlee Walker, with whom they regularly give concerts. Their appearances have received excellent reviews in press and by the audience.
Beside her career as a pianist Lefki is a dedicated piano teacher. Teaching for her is one of the most enjoyable and meaningful aspects of being a musician. After working as pianist and teacher in London and Berlin she returned to her homeland. She currently holds a teaching position at Athens Conservatoire in Greece from where she travels to teach and perform. She is a regular visiting professor at the ProCorda Adult Piano Courses in UK giving master classes every year.
In the latest years Lefki has been involved also with composing in various forms. Steadily she composes pieces inspired by her students and addressed to the various difficulties of each learning stage. At the same time she does a lot of transcriptions and lately she worked closely with film director Markos Delivorias recording original music for his film “Ivan” and the stage director Vassilis Raisis writing original music for the contemporary play “Let’s save the show”.
Future plans include master classes in UK’s Pianissimi Adult Piano Course in April 2020, solo recitals for the 250th Beethoven Anniversary in various cities of Greece and the 4th Heraklion Piano Festival as well as a concert at the Athens Megaron of Music with flutist Natalia Gerakis. For more information visit the newsletter and subscribe so that you get informed on time!