Ukrainian-born pianist Anastasiya Naplekova has an 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 received her doctoral degree in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying with world-renowned pianist 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, the International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco, and the Olga Kern International Piano Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
An international performer, Ms. Naplekova has participated in numerous festivals and appeared in recitals in Italy, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Morocco, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, and the USA. She has been a soloist with multiple orchestras, including the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher for the opening performance of the 2012 Festival Miami concert series.
Ms. Naplekova is also the recipient of special grants from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine. She received her BM and MM in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts under the tutelage of Nataliya Melnikova, and later studied with Kevin Sharpe, receiving her second MM degree from the University of Florida.
In 2019, Ms. Naplekova joined the piano faculty at the UF's School of Music. She recently has been heard in recitals and performances with orchestras in Milan, Miami, San Juan, and Albuquerque.