Katya Grabova

Ekaterina Grabova is a young pianist based in London, where she is currently studying with professor Mei-Ting Sun at the Royal Academy of Music. In recognition of her achievements Ekaterina has been awarded with Michael Gilsenan named scholarship. She was born in Moscow, Russia and began her musical education at the age of 6. Ekaterina has been graduated from Gnessin School of Music where she studied with professor Tatiana Zelikman and famous pianist Boris Berezovsky.


As an active pianist and chamber musician, she frequently collaborates in many music festivals like Rheingau Music Festival in Germany, Tel-Hai Piano Master-classes in Israel, «Bezszady bez granic» in Poland, Bowdoin Music Festival in the United States of America. She has repeatedly performed at different festivals and concert series in the Royal Academy of Music, such as Summer Piano Festival. Ekaterina is a winner of such competitions as «Mlody Virtuos» in Poland; «Sforzando» and Rubinstein International Music Competition in Germany; «Steps to the Mastery», Neighaus Music Festival and Nutcracker TV Competition for Young Musicians in Russia. In 2019-2020 she has been awarded with the First Prize Grant of the Mayor of Moscow. 


During different festivals and master classes Ekaterina has worked with Dmitri Bashkirov, Andrzej Jasinski, Katarzyna Popowa-Zydroń, Christopher Elton, Vanessa Latarche, Michail Voskressensky, Vladimir Tropp, Vladimir Ovchinnikov, Victor Derevianko, Soyeon Kate Lee and Ran Dank.


Recent recital appearances include Russian house in London; Shanghai Concert hall and Wuxi theatre in China; the Great hall of Moscow Conservatory and Tchaikovsky concert hall in Russia; Lielais Dzintars concert hall in Latvia; Mozarthaus Vienna in Austria and different performance venues across United Kingdom, USA, Israel, Spain, Germany and Poland.


As a collaborative pianist Ekaterina has repeatedly performed at the concerts organised by Cherubim Music Trust and the Hill Foundation in London. She has been also involved in many experimental and contemporary projects, focusing on contemporary music and visual performance. This year, Ekaterina organised and curated a project-performance at the Student Create Festival in Susie Sainsbury Theatre hall in the Royal Academy of Music, which combined modern music of the beginning of the XXth century and arthouse cinematography. In 2021-2022 academic year Ekaterina participated in numerous projects in collaboration with Composers Department in the Royal Academy of Music and Riot Ensemble. This summer, she has been chosen as a participant of London Sinfonietta Academy where she has got a chance to play with Principal players. 


This academic year, Ekaterina has received Robert Turnbull Piano Foundation award. In 2021, her performances at Davies Prize and Harriet Cohen Prize competitions have been highlighted as highly commended ones.