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The Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem,
International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem
is organized every two years in Rabat, Morocco, by the Association les Amitiés Musicales.
The competition is intended for young pianists aged between 10 and 30.


Concert by the "Virtuosity finalists" of the 11th International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, Rabat

With :
(Russia), Grand Prize HRH Princess Lalla Meryem
Anastasiya NAPLEKOVA (Ukraine), 2nd Prize of Virtuosity
Ekaterina LITVINTSEVA (Russia) and Antoine SIMON (France), 3rd Prizes of Virtuosity ex-aequos

Organized in partnership with the Institut Français du Maroc, the Théâtre National Mohammed V, Pharma 5 and the Association Les Amitiés Musicales.

Institut Français - Saison Culturelle France-Maroc 2015-2016
Théâtre national Mohammed V
Pharma 5
Association Les Amitiés Musicales


Date and place

Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 7 PM
Théâtre National Mohammed V, Rabat



  • Ekaterina LITVINTSEVA (Russia) - see her biography
    3rd Prize of Virtuosity ex-aequo
  • Franz SCHUBERT : Extracts from "Drei Klavierstücke" D 946
      1. Allegro assai
      2. Allegretto
  • Frédéric CHOPIN : Ballade Op. 47 No. 3
  • Antoine SIMON (France) - see his biography
    3rd Prize of Virtuosity ex-aequo
  • Robert SCHUMANN : Symphonic Etudes Op. 13

                         -  Entracte  -

  • Svetlana ANDREEVA (Russia) - see her biography
    Grand Prize HRH Princess Lalla Meryem 2014
  • Ludwig van BEETHOVEN : Sonata Opus 111
    1. Maestoso - Allegro con brio ed appassionato
    2. Arietta - Adagio molto semplice e cantabile
  • Anastasiya NAPLEKOVA (USA/Ukraine) - see her biography
    2nd Prize of Virtuosity
  • Sergei RACHMANINOV : Transcriptions
    1. M. Moussorgski : Hopak from "Sorochinsky Fair"
    2. G. Bizet : Menuet from "L'Arlésienne" Suite No.1
    3. F. Kreisler : "Liebeslied"
    4. F. Mendelssohn : Scherzo from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
    5. S. Rachmaninov : "Daisies" Op. 38 No. 3
    6. F. Kreisler : "Liebesfreud"


Presentation of the Pianists

Svetlana ANDREEVA (Russia)

Svetlana Andreeva Svetlana Andreeva was born in Dzhankoj (Ukraine). In 1993, she entered the music school of Azov, and from 1998 till 2000, she studied in the music school of the Rostov Musical College. In 2000, she began studying in the Lyceum (Music College) of the Rostov Rachmaninov Conservatory and was the pupil of the professors Anna Zhirikova and Sergey Osipenko. Since 1999, Svetlana studies also as a composer.

From 2004 till 2007, she studied in the Central Music School of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, was the pupil of Andrei Limaev. Since 2007, Svetlana studies in the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, as a pianist with Prof. Natalia Troull, and as a composer with Prof. Leonid Bobylev.
In 2012, she graduated from the Conservatory and contunues her post-graduate study at the Moscow Conservatory.

As a pianist, she has already performed in Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria, Andorra, Australia, Ukraine and Russia. Furthermore, she recorded two CDs with the works of Mozart, Schubert and Scriabin.

Svetlana is a prize-winner of many nternational competitions, such as :
Rosario Marciano International Piano Competition (Vienna, 2011), Southern Highlands International Piano Competition (Australia, 2013), "Premi Principat d'Andorra" International Piano Competition (Andorra, 2006), Scriabin International Piano Competition (Moscow, 2012) and Euregio Piano Award International Piano Competition (Germany, 2014)

In 2014, she won the Grand Prize HRH Princess Lalla Meryem at the 11th International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem.


Anastasiya NAPLEKOVA (Ukraine)

Anastasiya Naplekova Ukrainian-born pianist Anastasiya Naplekova has a unique voice in the world of music, performing with effortless virtuosity (Cincinnati Enquirer) and delivering the most challenging works of the piano repertoire with strongly personal performance (The Miami Herald). Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, she is currently a doctoral student at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, and studying under the distinguished tutorage of Professor Santiago Rodriguez.
Anastasiya Naplekova received her BM and MM in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. She continued her study at the University of Florida with Professor Kevin Sharpe, where she received her MM in piano performance. Anastasiya has participated in master classes with Ian Hobson, Robert Roux, Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff, and Phillip Entremont. Among her achievements include prizes at the 2014 Hilton Head International Piano Competition, 6th International Ignacy Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, the International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, the 4th International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in France, the Wideman Piano Competition in Louisiana, and most recently the Second Prize at the International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco.
An international performer, Anastasiya has participated in music festivals such as the Paris International Summer Sessions organized by Foundation Bell’Arte, Beethoven Master Classes with Menahem Pressler in Boston, CCM Prague International Piano Institute, and appeared in solo recitals throughout Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, France and the USA. As a concerti performer she has played with multiple orchestras including the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Crimea State Symphony Orchestra, and more recently with the Frost Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Leon Fleisher as the opening performance for the 2012 Festival Miami concert series. Anastasiya Naplekova is also the recipient of special grants from the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the President of Ukraine.


Ekaterina LITVINTSEVA (Russia)

Ekaterina Litvintseva Ekaterina was born in 1986 in Magadan (Russia) and began playing the piano when she was four years old. She received her early musical education between 1994 and 2001 at the Children’s Music School in Anadyr, capital of the autonomous region of Chukotka. Her first piano lessons gave clear priority to sensitivity and expression over technique, and that circumstance can be seen as a stroke of luck for Ekaterina’s subsequent development. When Ekaterina was 15, the family moved to Moscow. Ekaterina studied from 2002 to 2006 at the State Chopin Music School in the piano class of Irina Gabrielova and was awarded her diploma with distinction. From September 2006 she was enrolled in the Maimonides Classical Piano Academy in the piano classes of Viktor Derevyanko, Alexander Mndoyants and Ekaterina Derzhavina. In November 2011, she commenced studies of artistic instrumental training with piano as main subject at the College of Music and Dance in Cologne, attending the piano class of Nina Tichman, and graduated Master of Music with distinction in July 2013. In 2014 she moved to the College of Music in Würzburg in order to study in the masterclass of Bernd Glemser.

Ekaterina Litvintseva was particularly influenced by her lessons with Robert Kulek, Rudolf Kehrer and Andrzej Jasinski. During the summers of 2007 and 2008 she took part in the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes at Sde Boker in Israel and studied with D. Bashkirov, N. Petrov, V. Derevyanko, E. Krasovsky, J. Rose, J. Ribera, A. Goldstein and others.

Ekaterina Litvintseva was awarded a series of diplomas from 1996 and has won numerous prizes, starting at the age of 10 at the Young Talents of Chukotka competition in Anadyr, adding to her tally in 2008 in the competition held at the Tel-Hai International Piano Master Classes at Sde Boker in Israel, and emerging most recently as the winner of the Concorso Internationale per Pianoforte e Orchestra "Città di Cantù" in the section "Classical Piano Concertos" for her interpretation of the Concerto in A major K414 by W.A. Mozart and as laureate of the "Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem" in Morocco.

Ekaterina has played with such ensembles as the Moscow Chamber Orchestra of the Slobodkin Theatre and Concert Centre, the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia, the Symphony Orchestra of the Chopin Music School, the Student Orchestra of the Maimonides Classical Piano Academy, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Arad State Philharmonic (Romania), the Banat State Philharmonic in Timisoara, the Filarmonica Mihail Jora Bacau and the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn, with whom in November 2012 she played in some of Germany's best known venues such as Berlin’s Konzerthaus, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Beethovenhalle in Bonn, the Meistersingerhalle in Nürnberg, the NDR Funkhaus in Hanover and the Hamburg Musikhalle.

Ekaterina has a predilection for W.A. Mozart, whose piano concertos K271 and K414 she recorded live for a CD in November 2013 together with the Klassische Philharmonie Bonn under the baton of Heribert Beissel (Profil PH 14047), and for the piano works of Serge Rachmaninov whose early piano works she recorded in January 2014 in cooperation with the “Saarländischer Rundfunk”) (Profil PH 14042). Further radio recordings include piano works by Wilhelm Furtwängler.


Antoine SIMON (France) - biography in French

Antoine Simon D’origine ardennaise, Antoine Simon découvre le piano à l’âge de 5 ans. Il se forme auprès d’Antoine Bouvy dès 2002 et donne son premier concert deux années plus tard. Il entre en 2007 à la Schola Cantorum dans la classe d’Igor Lazko dont l’enseignement lui permet d’intégrer la classe de Frank Braley au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, où il reçoit également les préceptes de Marc Coppey et Bertrand Chamayou en musique de chambre.

Il s’est notamment produit à la salle Cortot, dans le cadre du festival Liszt à travers le temps, ainsi qu’à la salle Gaveau. En 2013 et 2014, il a été invité à se produire comme soliste avec l’orchestre de chambre de Daugavpils en Lettonie.

Fasciné par le monde des arts et son contenu spirituel depuis son enfance, il cherche à aborder un répertoire à haute teneur poétique, où la matière sonore peut s’épanouir totalement, ce qui le pousse à aborder la direction d’orchestre ainsi que la composition. Son approche a ainsi été récompensée à plusieurs reprises, au Concours International de Nice 2010, au concours Claude Kahn 2011, ainsi qu'au 11ème Concours International de Piano S.A.R. la Princesse Lalla Meryem de Rabat en 2014 et à l’académie de Flaine 2011 lors de laquelle il a obtenu le Prix du public.






Concert by Young Prize Winners of the 11th International Piano Competition HRH Princess Lalla Meryem

The concert by th young prize-winners, originally announced for December 2015, will thee concert des jeunes lauréats, annoncé initialement pour décembre 2015, was postmoned until January 2016.







Alink-Algerich Foundation The Concours International de Piano Son Altesse Royale la Princesse Lalla Meryem, International Piano Competition Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem, has joined the Alink-Argerich Foundation since 2011.


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