Invited docent, Piano Department
Pianist Antonina Suhanova has performed on international stages since 2000. At the age of 5 she began piano studies at Pavuls Jurjans Riga Music School with Ludmila Kiselenko, making her concerto debut at the age of 8, continuing her professional development at Jazeps Medins Riga Secondary Music School with Gunta Boža and at Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music with Professor Juris Kalnciems. She was admitted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD, London) where from 2012 to 2018 she acquired First Class Bachelor of Music and Master of Performance degrees, both with distinction, under the tutelage of the distinguished British pianist Ronan O’Hora. During her studies, Antonina participated in numerous masterclasses of such world-renowned pianists as Vladimir Ashkenazy, Idil Biret, Pavel Gililov, Jaques Rouvier, Steven Osborne, Matti Raekallio, Richard Goode, Robert Levin and Yefim Bronfman. After completing the Artist Diploma course at the GSMD with distinction, Antonina was appointed junior fellow of the school.
Antonina Suhanova has appeared as a soloist with the “Moscow Virtuosi” Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, “Sinfonia Concertante” Chamber Orchestra, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, and other collectives, collaborating with such distinguished conductors as Andris Nelsons and Vladimir Spivakov. She has performed at renowned festivals in the United Kingdom, USA, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Latvia, Switzerland, Austria and Russia. She made her debut performance at the Barbican Hall with the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Adrian Leaper as a finalist of the Guildhall Gold Medal Prize in 2016. In 2018, her solo debut at the Wigmore Hall was broadcasted live on BBC Radio 3.
Antonina is a recipient of the Guildhall School full scholarship (2012-2018), the Hattori Foundation Senior Award, the Kenneth Loveland Gift, Help Musicians UK awards, the Drake Calleja Trust award, Making Music UK, the Musicians’ Company award, and a nominee for the International German Piano Award 2018. Performances of Antonina Suhanova have also been broadcasted by Latvian Radio 3 “Klasika”, Russian TV Channel One and Switzerland radio Espace 2.
Antonina’s artistic schedule in 2019 / 2020 includes appearances with the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and the Kensington Chamber Orchestra, as well as a debut solo performance in the Southbank Centre Purcell Room.