Full Biography

Kristiina Rokashevich was born in 1990 in Tallinn, Estonia and began piano lessons
in Tallinn Music High School with teachers Ell Saviauk and Marko Martin. Later she continued her education at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Marko Martin and prof. Ivari Ilja.

 

In September 2010 Kristiina moved to London to study with senior professor Joan Havill at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she is continuing as a postgraduate from September 2013. She has also worked with distinguished pianists and pedagogues such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Andrew Ball, Emanuel Krasovsky, Alon Goldstein and has been a recipient of a Diploma of Excellence at the Tel-Hai International Piano Masterclasses in Israel. Kristiina has been kindly supported throughout her studies by Ethel Schwarz Memorial Bursary and the Phyllis Simons Award, Sergei Rachmaninov Award, Guildhall School Scholarship Trust, The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Students’ Fund in the USA and Archimedes Foundation. In June 2015 she received an Estonian Ministry of Culture Award.

 

Kristiina has won several prizes, recent ones include: I Prize of the Croydon Music Festival Piano Concerto competition; Guildhall School of Music and Drama Beethoven and Romantic Prize and top prize of the Beethoven competition organised by Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. In November 2014 she was amongst 6 finalists at the Estonian Piano Competition, where she performed the Piano Concerto no. 5 by Beethoven with Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Mihail Gerts, broadcast by national classical radio ‘Klassikaraadio’. In July 2015 Kristiina won the 1st prize and the audience prize at the Amy Brant International Piano Competition.

 

Active as a solo and chamber performer as well as a harpsichordist Kristiina has performed in some of the most important venues in Estonia, but also in Austria, Germany, Finland, Latvia and United Kingdom. She has performed as a soloist with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Parnu City Symphony Ochestra and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra.
In February 2015 she was part of the Mozart 250 festival organised by the Classical Opera Company, where she performed composer’s early violin and keyboard sonatas on a copy of the two-manual 1636 A. Ruckers harpsichord from Cobbe Collection. She has also recently given a Pre-LSO recital at the Barbican Hall and a Czech chamber music recital at the Wigmore Study Days.