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Nikita Burzanitsa - Piano

Interview

1- Since 2008 you have studied in Special Music for Gifted Children in Donetsk in the class of the prof. N. Chesnokova (Don­etsk, Ukraine). How do you remember this period and master?

I am very happy with the role Professor Chesnokova played in my development which is seen as I still continue my studies with her alongside Professor Alexeev at the Royal College. Particular repertoire that she helped me with the most include Rachmaninoff Corelli Variations and Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1.

2- Is your family musical?

Yes, my mother was a concert pianist and is now a professor at Donetsk State Con­servatory and the Special Music School for Gifted Children, Donetsk. My father is a prominent trumpeter in Ukraine, working for the Orchestra of the Philharmonic Hall Donetsk.

3- In 2015 you were awa­rded with the golden medal “For High Academic Success” (Toretsk, Ukraine). How did this honour feel like?

It was a great achievement for me, although unfortunately it did not have much bearing on my musical career.

4- In 2015 you received a Full Scholarship in Wells Cathedral School and studied with prof. John Byrne (Somerset, UK). How do you remember this period and master?

This was a great experience for me, especially as it was my first time in the UK. I am very grateful to professor Byrne who helped me a lot in Wells Cathedral School and supported my studies culminati­ng in my move to London Royal College.

5- You are currently studying with prof. Nataliya Chesnokova Donetsk State Conservatory. How is this progressing?

My studies with Professor Chesnokova are progressing well, she has been very helpful preparing me for competitions and concerts, especially in Romantic repertoire.

6- In 2020 you started to be a student of Dmitrii Alexeev at the Royal College of Music. How is this prgressing?

It was my dream to study with professor Alexeev when I arrived in London, and I have inspired a lot grow as a musician since joining his class.

7- What are your fondest musical memories, privately or performing?

One of my fondest memories is of performing Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No.2 in Kyiv Philharmonic Hall as a part of the winners concert of Sberbank debut competition chaired by Denis Matsuev. A recent performance I can mention is this September in the Vienna Musikverein

8- How often do your practice?

I am trying to practice every day between 4 and 6 hours when it is possible.

9- Would you consider teaching music in the future?

Yes I would like to teach in the future if I have the opportunity. It is really nice for me to share my knowledge of piano playing with students, and to pass on the teaching I have received from my professors; Byrne, Chesnokova and Alexeev.

10- How do you balance your time commitments in terms of study and performance? What are the biggest sacrifices?

I usually focus on my piano practice above other commitments such as academics. Especially when preparing for important concerts or competitions it is vital to be single-minded about practice hours. To this end I must often sacrifice social time and leisure ac­tivities, while I strive to maintain my academic standards.

11- What advice would you give music students at the beginning of their journey?

Put practice at the centre of your life, pay attention to everything your professor says, and push yourself to the maximum.

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submission November 2021