Ukrainian-born pianist Anastasiya Naplekova has a unique voice in the world of music, performing with "effortless virtuosity" (Cincinnati Enquirer) and delivering the most challenging works of the piano repertoire with "strongly personal performance" (The Miami Herald). Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, she has recently received her doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying under the distinguished tutorage of Professor Santiago Rodriguez.
Among Ms. Naplekova’s achievements include prizes at the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, the 6th International Ignacy Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, the International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the Wideman Piano Competition in Louisiana, Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco, and most recently the Third Prize at the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An international performer, Ms. Naplekova has participated in music festivals such as the Paris International Summer Sessions organized by Foundation Bell’Arte, Beethoven Master Classes with Menahem Pressler in Boston, CCM Prague International Piano Institute, and appeared in solo recitals throughout Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, France, Portugal and the USA. She has been a soloist with multiple orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Crimea State Symphony Orchestra, and the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher as the opening performance for the 2012 Festival Miami concert series.
Ms. Naplekova received her BM and MM in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. She continued her study at the University of Florida with Professor Kevin Sharpe, where she received her second MM in piano performance. Ms. Naplekova has played in master classes with Ian Hobson, Robert Roux, Steven Hough, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Phillip Entremont. Ms. Naplekova is also the recipient of special grants from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine.