BBC Music Magazine


Kristina Arakelyan is one of the most sought-after musicians of her generation. As a prolific and successful composer, pianist and educator, Kristina continues to develop her career to critical acclaim. Her award-winning compositions have been heard on BBC Radio 3, and in prestigious concert halls across the UK including the Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin-in-the Fields, as well as in concert halls in the US, Mexico, France, Spain, Belgium, Croatia and in her native Armenia.

Kristina has performed successfully as a solo pianist, playing her own works as well as standard repertoire and she is an experienced and accomplished accompanist and repetiteur. She is also passionate about education, has extensive and broad-ranging teaching experience and is currently developing her own online theory school. Kristina wants to utilise her work as a composer, pianist and teacher to inspire young people to develop the love and appreciation of classical music that continues to shape her life.

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Kristina is one of the UK's most exciting young composers. Her notable awards include the BBC Young Composers' Competition and the NCEM composers' competition and her works have been heard on BBC Radio 3 on numerous occasions and in the most prestigious concert halls in England. Kristina is delighted to be working with the NYCGB and Stainer and Bell this year. 



Kristina has given recitals most notably at the Wigmore Hall, Steinway Hall and St. Martin-in-the-Fields and she often performs her own compositions. Watch Kristina's performance of Beethoven's Variations op. 34 recorded live at the Wigmore hall and listen to the composer's own interpretation of her piano piece, To The Stars.



Alongside her flourishing composing and performing careers, Kristina has become an ardent educator and has significant teaching experience. Kristina is currently developing her own Online Theory School, 'Make Theory Make Sense'.

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