A powerhouse pianist and multi-talent artist plays on Vashon

The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m.

Asiya Korepanova, an acclaimed pianist, transcriber, composer, visual artist, and poet, will play a concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

The evening will begin with a pre-concert talk by the artist at 6:30 p.m. followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m., in VCA’s Kay White Hall.

Korepanova is the only pianist currently performing Liszt’s 24 Etudes as a single program, and one of few to tout a concerto list that features more than 60 works.

Korepanova was born in Izhevsk, Russia, to a musical family. Throughout her formative years in Russia, she received various awards for her prodigious abilities. These include the Russian Federation’s President Award for “Exceptional Achievement in the Arts”, the National Award from the Republic of Udmurtia (2002), Germany’s Berliner Salon Award (2003), and Russia’s Youth Triumph Award (2005). She is a Moscow Philharmonic Society’s artist.

In 2012, Korepanova moved to the United States at the invitation of renowned pianist, maestro Santiago Rodriguez. Later that year, she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Nina Wideman International Piano Competition — an accolade that helped launch her concertizing career in the United States.

She has now performed at the Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, the Bargemusic Series, the Phillips Collection, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series, the International Miami Piano Festival, and many other vaulted venues.

Her contributions to solo piano literature — including her historic solo piano transcription of Richard Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” and that of Rachmaninoff‘s Cello Sonata and Mussorgsky’s “Songs and Dances of Death” — have established her as a formidable transcriber.

Korepanova will soon premiere her latest transcription work — the Manfred Symphony by Peter Tchaikovsky, to be released as a filmed performance. Also in the offing is the release of her CD album of complete Rachmaninoff piano sonatas, including her piano transcription of his Cello Sonata, the score of which will be published at the same time.

If all this wasn’t enough, Korepanova has also created several projects featuring original poetry and visual art that serve as an interpretive commentary to a particular cycle of works for the piano. 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.

To purchase tickets, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.

— By Vashon Center for the Arts staff