Simon Karakulidi

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

His teachers were Stanislav Ioudenitch, Wei-Yi Yang, and Diego Prigollini.

Simon is a prize-winner in more than 20 International Piano Competitions. In February 2023, Simon won first prize at the Piano Campus competition in Cergy-Pontoise, France. In addition to the top prize, he received five special awards.
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
January 2024
13 - Cergy-Pontoise, France
Solo Recital

20 - Martina Franca, Italy
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21 - Taranto, Italy
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31- Cergy-Pontoise, France
Solo Recital

Upcoming Events
March 29 2024, Salle Cortot, Paris, France
Solo Recital
July 2024 (Exact date TBA) - Cangnes-sur-Mer
Solo Recital
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