Biography

 

Rarely have I heard a young pianist in this day and age who plays so wonderfully and magnificently!“ – Jörg Demus

 

 

Konstantin Semilakovs, born 1984 in Riga, Latvia, won First Prize at the International Piano Competition in Porto. In 2018 he was appointed professor of piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is particularly interested in studying the phenomenon of colour perception in the classical piano repertoire as well as in synaesthetic performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen and Alexander Scriabin.

 

Konstantin Semilakovs has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician at the International Beethoven Festival Bonn, the Braunschweig Classix Festival, and at the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He performed Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra at the Meistersingerhalle. Semilakovs was awarded the Classical Music Prize of WDR Radio and the City of Münster, the Hans Sikorski Memorial Award, and the Sponsorship Award of the Ingolstadt Concert Association.

 

Semilakovs studied with Wolfgang Manz at the University of Music in Nuremberg and with Michael Wladkowski at the École Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris.

 

Preceding the professorship in Vienna, he taught at the Universities of Music in Nuremberg and Regensburg, as well as at the University Mozarteum Salzburg.