Listen to the classical pianist who is a pop star’s new life partner

Listen to the classical pianist who is a pop star’s new life partner


norman lebrecht

April 03, 2022

The Scottish pop singer Emeli Sandé has named a classical pianist, Yoana Karemova, as the new love in her life.

Emeli, 35, was previously married to Adam, a marine biologist from Montenegro.

The popular singer is also chancellor of the University of Sunderland.

She has tweeted this picture of her new happiness with this message: ‘It’s taken me many years to find the strength to be myself. I’ve struggled for a long time to accept myself as I am. I’m so lucky to have found my soul mate Yoana, she’s such an extraordinary woman! Falling in love with her gave me the strength I needed! Feels so good to be in love and I feel happier than ever.’

She has also long been keen on piano accompaniment.

Yoana Karemova is a piano teacher. She has participated in masterclasses with Norma Fisher, Lazar Berman and Idil Biret.

She has posted these samples of her playing. This is the most recent:

This is somewhat older.


  • Greg Bottini says:

    I hope they find much happiness together.

  • Chloe Scott says:

    I’m so very happy for them that they’ve found love together ❤. Wish them both all the love and happiness in the world

  • J. Archer says:

    Please spare us such gossip that offends a large share of your readership.