Simon Karakulidi

Classical Pianist With a Twist
Born in Siberia in 1997, pianist Simon Karakulidi continued his piano studies in the United States from 2016 until 2022. In the summer of 2022, Simon moved to Germany to learn more about the European musical tradition from Professor Oliver Kern. An accomplished polymath, with interests ranging from poetry to philosophy, he received his Master’s Degree from the Yale School of Music in 2021. Simon is very enthusiastic about American classical music, and is engaged in learning the complete piano works of David Lang and Nico Muhly. He is also passionate about exploring and commissioning new musical directions.

His teachers have included Stanislav Loudenitch, Wei-Yi Yang, and Diego Prigollini.

Simon has been a prize-winner in more than 20 International Piano Competitions. In February 2023, Simon was awarded First Prize at the Piano Campus Competition in Cergy-Pontoise, France. In addition to the top prize, he also received five Special Awards. Simon is fellow at the 2024 edition of the prestigious LAMP Academy (Lunenburg, Nova Scotia).

Artist Bio
“Intelligent and sensitive musical finesse, clean technical mastery that allows him to play anything out there, and the requisite dash of showmanship that has always been de rigueur to reach the top ranks” - Gregory Sullivan, Theater Jones
Piano competitions won from 2019 to 2023
Arcangelo Speranza Piano Competition, Taranto, Italy, 2023, 1st Prize.

Piano Campus Competition, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 2023, 1st Prize

Honens Piano Competition, Calgary, Canada, 2022, Semi-Finalist Prize

1er Concours International de Piano - Samson Francois, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, 2022, 2nd Prize

Virginia Waring International Piano Competition, Palm Desert, CA, 2022, 2nd Prize.

Lewisville Lake Symphony Concerto Competition, Lewisville, TX, 2022, Grand Prize

Hellam Young Artists’ Competition, Springfield, MO, 2021, 1st Prize.

Wideman Piano Competition, Shreveport, LA, 2019, 1st Prize

Eismann Piano Concerto Competition, Richardson, TX, 2019 - 1st Prize
April 2024 -
residency at the LAMP Academy of Performing Arts, Nova Scotia, Canada

Upcoming Events
March 29 2024, Salle Cortot, Paris, France
Solo Recital
July 2024 (Exact date TBA) - Cangnes-sur-Mer
Solo Recital
August 2024 -
Le Roy Concert Series, Berkeley, CA
February 20 -
March 2 2024 -
Hastings International Piano Competition, Hastings, UK
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