Winner of the Rudolf Firkusny International Piano Competition in Prague, Anastasiya Naplekova was born in Kharkov, Ukraine. There she received her B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Kharkov State University of Arts studying under Professor Nataliya Melnikova. Naplekova is currently a doctoral student at the Frost School of Music, studying piano performance under distinguished artist Professor Santiago Rodriguez.
Naplekova has won prizes in numerous international piano competitions, including fourth prize at the Fourth International Adilia Alieva Piano Competition in France, honorary mention at the Sixth International Ignace Paderewski Piano Competition in Poland, sixth prize at the International Piano Competition in memory of Vladimir Horowitz in Ukraine, and Dr. and Mrs. Fred Payne Honorable Mention at the Wideman Piano Competition in Louisiana. She participated in international music festivals, such as the Paris International Summer Sessions organized under the Foundation Bell’Arte, Beethoven Master Classes with Menahem Pressler in Boston, and CCM Prague International Piano Institute.
Naplekova has performed in master classes with Ian Hobson, Robert Roux, Phillip Entremont, and Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She has appeared in solo recitals in Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, France, and the United States and has performed concerti with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, and the Crimea State Symphony Orchestra. She has received special grants from the Kharkiv Fund Supporting Young Talents, Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, as well as the president of Ukraine.