Russian pianist Arina Lazgiian was born in Krasnoyarsk, Russia in 1991. She is currently studying at the Royal College of Music for a Master of Performance with Professor Vanessa Latarche. She is supported by a Future of Russia Scholarship. Since arriving at the Royal College of Music, she has won the RCM Concerto Competition 2017, and has performed Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 2 with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra. Arina also won the Hopkinson Gold Medal for piano in 2017. She was a finalist in the Jaques Samuel Intercollegiate Piano Competition at Wigmore Hall in 2017.
Between 2010 and 2015 Arina was enrolled at the Moscow Conservatory where she studied under the renowned pianist Professor Vera Gornostayeva. Before this, she studied with Yelena Plyashkevich at the Moscow Gnessin Special Music School between 2005 and 2010. Between 2007 and 2010 as a scholarship winner of the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, she performed in numerous prestigious concert halls in Moscow. Arina has won numerous competitions and prizes including: the Yevgeniy Mravinsky Piano Competition, the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and the Citta di Barletta International Piano Competition.
In 2005 Arina was granted an honorary award from the mayor of St Petersburg. She has performed at the Grand Hall of St Petersburg’s Philharmonic Society, the Academic Capella and the Small Hall in Glazunov in St Petersburg, Salzburg, Germany and the Salle Cortot and the Centre spirituel et culturel russe in Paris.
Her repertoire includes compositions by Scarlatti, Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Rakhmaninov, Saint-Saëns, Medtner, Scryabin, Brahms, Ravel, and Chopin.