Named 'a very special talent' by Murray Perahia, London-based Russian pianist Konstantin Lapshin is an accomplished musician with a unique artistic vision. A major prize-winner in more than 15 International and National competitions, Konstantin is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at the RCM where he is also a JD piano teacher. Prior to that, Konstantin won the RCM Chappell Gold Medal and the college’s highest prize for the most outstanding student (across all disciplines), the Queen Elisabeth Rose bowl. He subsequently played for HRH Prince Charles and was nominated ‘Rising Star’ to play at Cadogan Hall, London. Konstantin has also given performances at concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Salle Cortot in Paris, and the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatoire. In 2014, Konstantin was invited to play Rachmaninov’s Concerto No.3 with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra and Grammy award-winning conductor and pianist, Mikhail Pletnev, as part of a Rachmaninov Festival.
'An impressive technique, and the impulsive and Romantic expression that has been a hallmark of so many Russian pianists, including Rachmaninov and Horowitz' – Fanfare magazine (USA) on Lapshin.
The method of expressive inflection ('intonatsiya' in Russian) is relatively unknown to the western music tradition. However, the term was actively in use by Russian musicians and pedagogues in the early twentieth century. In his DMus thesis, Konstantin explores Sergey Rachmaninov's engagement with this approach demonstrated in his recordings through Konstantin's own performance practice.
Faculties / departments: Research
Lapshin, K. (2019) Expressive inflection: applying the principles of Sergey Rachmaninoff’s performance in my own practice. Doctoral thesis, Royal College of Music.