Arta Arnicane was born into a musical family and started studying piano at an early age at the music schools in Moscow and Riga. From 1996 she became a pupil of the distinguished pianist and professor Serge Osokin.
In 2001 Arta was awarded the Scholarship Prize at the Scottish International Piano Competition, and in 2003 she completed the course at the RSAMD and obtained the Master of Music degree, and in summer 2004 the Postgraduate Diploma in Performance with distinction. During her studies in Scotland Arta became the winner of five international piano competitions in the UK, including the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition (London, 2002) and Christopher Duke Memorial Piano Prize, Watford Festival, 2003.
Arta has participated in master classes with highly acclaimed teachers and concert pianists, she has had lessons with Norma Fisher, Steven Osborne, Victoria Postnikova, Arie Vardi and John Lill. At the age of eleven Arta received her first award at an international piano competition (Ibla Grand Prix, Italy), appeared as a soloist with an orchestra the same year and gave her first recital when she was thirteen. She has won many prizes at competitions in the Czech Republic, England, Scotland, Wales and Portugal, including the 5th Prize at the Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon, 2001. She has also won the 3rd Prize, the Audience Prize and the Special Grieg Mention in the International Grieg Piano Competition in Oslo, September 2005.
Arta has given recitals and appeared as a soloist with orchestras in many European countries, Mexico and Australia and since 1996 has recorded for Latvian Radio. Her most recent CD includes music by Beethoven, Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninov and was completed in July 2007 at the studio Burtnieku Nams, Riga. Since 2008 Arta has been asked to give numerous concerts with the Kremerata Baltica ensemble established by the distinguished violinist Gidon Kremer. In June 2008 Arta graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music with the degree of Master of Music, and at the moment Arta is a Solo-Class student at the Zurich University of the Arts under tutelage of Prof. Homero Francesch.
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