Karolina Žukova is a distinguished pianist who has dedicated herself to both solo and chamber music, performing regularly in Estonia, Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
Karolina has been awarded diplomas and laureate prizes both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. In June 2021, she received laureate title in Piano Competition Online, in February 2021, she won a laureate title at the Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main Chamber Music Competition with violinist Hans Christian Aavik, and in March 2020, Duo Hommage (Aavik-Žukova) won a diploma at the Ilmari Hannikainen International Chamber Music Competition in Jyväskylä, Finland, performing in the finals with the Jyväskylä Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Ville Matvejeff. In March 2018 they were awarded with a diploma and the Audronė Vainiunaitė Special Prize at the Stasys Vainiūnas International Chamber Ensembles Competition in Vilnius. As a soloist, she has won prizes at the International Piano Competition in Jurmala and Stockholm.
Karolina Žukova began her piano studies
at the age of 5 in Narva and continued her studies at the Tallinn Music High School in Ira Floss's piano class. Since 2014, she has been studying at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the supervision of senior lecturer Sten Lassmann, where she will complete her Master's degree this summer. In the academic year 2017/2018 she studied piano at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany, with Prof. Alexej Gorlatch and since autumn 2019 he has been studying piano chamber music at the same university with Prof. Angelika Merkle.
Karolina has improved her skills with Hamas Juris, Alexander Garber, Jonathan Aner, Heime Müller, Bart van Oort, Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, Alexander Kobrin, Junio Kimanen, Justas Šarvenikas, Yukio Yokoyama, Sophia Rahman, Erik Schumann, Evan Rothstein, John York and many others.
In 2016, Karolina participated with her piano quintet "Kodumaine Viisik" in the Riga International Chamber Ensembles Competition, where they were awarded first prize and a special prize for outstanding performance of Nikolai Kapustin's quintet. At the first Estonian Piano Chamber Ensembles Competition in 2015, the Piano Quintet won first place and two special prizes from the Estonian Concert and Tallinn Philharmonic.