London-based pianist Kamilla Arku is a graduate of Yale University and the Royal Northern College of Music. Born in Switzerland to Liberian and Norwegian parents, Kamilla moved to the USA at the age of five years where she began to study the piano.
After graduating from the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Virginia, she earned her undergraduate degrees in both Music and French from Yale University. Kamilla completed her post graduate study at the Royal North College of Music, earning her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Postgraduate Diploma in Accompaniment.
Kamilla gave her London debut at the renowned ‘Pianists of the World’ series at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields in 2013, and has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist at festivals and recitals in the UK and abroad.
More recently she has taken part in recitals in Lisbon, London and Paris and had appearances on BBC Radio London, chamber music performances with Stephen Kovacevich, Alice Zawadzki and Gary Pomeroy, and world premieres of works by Lainie Fefferman and Tara Creme.
Kamilla organises concerts and events in aid of Liberian children and Music for Liberia, and in recognition of her charity work she was also recently awarded a Jack Petchey Award for her service to young people.
She is passionate about introducing audiences to lesser-known and new composers, and regularly programmes music by female composers and composers from the African and Latin diaspora.
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