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Alexander Karpeyev

DMA Student

E: alexander.karpeev.1@city.ac.uk

Thesis title:
New Light on Nikolay Medtner as Pianist and Teacher. The Edna Iles Medtner Collection (EIMC) at the British Library.

Ian Pace

Higher educational background

  • Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (2000-2005)
  • Guildhall School of Music and Drama (since 2005)

Current doctoral research

Nikolay Medtner was one of Russia's leading, early-20th-century composers, who spent the latter part of his life in the UK. He wrote mainly for the piano, and although he performed and recorded, and was considered a prominent composer while he was resident in the UK, his wider renown in the West was limited. Edna Iles was an English pianist and Medtner's last pupil. She took numerous notes during and immediately following her lessons and, in 1997, donated all of her Medtner-related materials to the British Library. She was the only Medtner student to leave systematic written evidence of his pedagogy. Alexander's research assesses the new light her lesson notes shed on our knowledge of Medtner's teaching methods and his pianism.

Research interests

  • Piano pedagogy
  • Piano performance
  • Music in Silver Age Russia.

Conference presentation

University of Bristol, UK, 2015 - ‘New Light on Nikolay Medtner as Pianist and Teacher’

Moscow, Glinka Museum, 2013 -  'New Light on Nikolay Medtner as Pianist and Teacher'


  • University of Calgary (Canada)
  • Fairfield Halls (London)
  • 2013 - Schlern International Music Festival, Italy: recital
  • 2011 - Brighton Festival, UK: recital
  • 2010 - Royal Festival Hall, Southbank, London: rectial
  • 2009 - Wigmore Hall, London: recital
  • 2009 - Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, UK: recital
  • 2008 - Wigmore Hall, London: recital
  • 2008 - Barbican Hall, London, UK: Brahms's Concerto No. 2 with Guildhall School Orchestra/David Angus
  • 2007 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank, London: recital.


  • Lecture on Medtner's songs - Guildhall School of Music and Drama, 2013
  • Masterclasses at the University of British Columbia, 2013 and Montclaire State University (2014).

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