Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

Milly Forrest (soprano) and Joseph Ramadan (piano)

St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £12 (Students £6)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

or by telephone: 01497 820322

or online through Booth's Bookshop

or at the door

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In July 2017 Milly Forrest made the national headlines when, as a voice student and part time cloakroom attendant and usher at the Wigmore Hall, an aspiring singer's dream came true for her when she impressed the critics with her performance, having stepped in at short notice in place of an indisposed singer, at the last song recital of the Wigmore Hall season.  Hay Music is delighted to welcome her to Hay to perform this varied programme of songs and operatic arias. 

Programme

Songs from Germany:

Richard Strauss, Op29:  Drei Lieder:

Traum durch die Dammerung

Shlagende Herzen

Nachtgang

Songs from Italy:

Rossini:  La Danza

Bellini:  Vaga luna

Bellini:  Ma rendi pur contento  

Opera arias:

Puccini: Quando m’en vo - La Boheme

Mozart: Se il padre perdei - Idomeneo

Handel: Mio Caro bene

Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge:  Skin - Story of the Little Mermaid (2015)

Herbert Howells:  King David

Songs and Opera from England:

Britten:  How beautiful it is - Governess’ aria - The Turn of the Screw

Britten: Folk song arrangement:  The trees they grow so high

Herbert Howells:  King David

Frank Bridge:  Love went ariding

Vaughan Williams:  Orpheus with his lute

Gilbert and Sullivan:  The hours creep on apace - HMS Pinafore

  

After completing her undergraduate degree at the Royal Academy of Music under the tuition of Kathleen Livingstone, lyric soprano Milly Forrest is currently working towards her masters at the Royal College of Music where she studies with Alison Wells.  On the operatic stage Milly has sung the roles of Barbarina - Le Nozze di Figaro (Royal College Opera School), Miranda - The Enchanted Island (British Youth Opera), Susanna - Le Nozze di Figaro (London Young Sinfonia), Clorinda - La Cenerentola (London Young Sinfonia), Fiordiligi - Cosi fan tutte (London Young Sinfonia) and Amore - L’incoronazione di Poppea (Royal Academy Opera).  In opera scenes at the RAM and RCM Milly has worked on Adina - L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Ilia - Idomeneo (Mozart), Cricket Ghost - Pinocchio (Jonathan Dove), Rodelinda (Handel) and Nanetta - Falstaff (Verdi).

Highlights of the last year include working on the role of Miranda in Jeremy Sams’s ‘The Enchanted Island’ with British Youth Opera, winning the Brooks -van der Pump English song competition at the RCM, performing Exsultate Jubilate with the National Symphony Orchestra and playing the role of Barbarina in the RCM Opera School’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro directed by Sir Thomas Allen.  Milly regularly sings as a soloist with Nantwich Choral Society, Dartington Community Choir, Great Missenden Choral Society, Ipswich Choral Society and The Medici Choir.  In 2018 Milly also took part in a contemporary opera project at the RCM in partnership with Tête-à-tête Opera directed by Bill Bankes-Jones.  In July 2017, Milly was asked by John Gilhooly (director of the Wigmore Hall) to step in for the last song recital of the season ‘A serenade to Music’, accompanied by Graham Johnson and Eugene Asti.  She sang alongside Mary Bevan, Elizabeth Watts, Anna Huntley and many others and made the national headlines after impressing critics.  This summer Milly will be working for Garsington Opera Company on their Alvarez Young Artist programme.  In October Milly will be performing the role of Iris in the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra's production of Semele conducted by Yu Long and in 2020 she looks forward to covering the role of Barbarina in the ENO’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro.


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Joseph Ramadan began his music studies as a chorister at Chapel Royal St James Palace.  After graduating from Durham University, Jo studied as a postgraduate pianist at the Royal College of Music studying with John Blakely and Roger Vignoles.  He received major awards from both the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Neuby Trust.  He has been accompanist for many masterclasses including those of James Bowman, Michael Chance, Sarah Connolly, David Daniels, Anne Evans, Gerald Finley, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angelika Kirchschlager, Graham Johnson, Petra Lang, Jonathan Lemalu, Malcolm Martineau, Ann Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Amanda Roocroft, Brindley Sheratt, Robert Tear, Roger Vignoles, Sarah Walker, Roderick Williams and Lawrence Zazzo, as well as a Liszt masterclass with Leslie Howard.

Jo was Assistant Conductor and Chorus master for The British Youth opera tour to Anghiari with Southbank Sinfonia for performances of L’Elisir d’Amore.  He works regularly as principal Assistant Conductor and Repetiteur for Classical Opera Company with whom he has forged a strong relationship, Opera North and English Touring Opera.  Jo is also a Britten-Pears Young Artist and a Samling Scholar.  Recent performances include recitals with Amanda Roocroft and Cardiff singer of the world finalist John Pierce.  He was Conductor for Minotaur music in a double Bill of The Bear by Walton and l'Ocassione Fa il Ladro by Rossini and conducting Cosi Fan Tutte for Woodhouse opera.  Jo has also won the accompanist prize from Joanina Trust awards competition.

Future plans include recitals with Mary Bevan, Martha Jones, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Kitty Whately and Roderick Williams and is Assistant conductor for Handel’s Ariodante at the Drottningholm festival in Sweden this summer.  Jo is currently Director of Music at St Vedast Foster Lane as well as being on the staff as accompanist and repertoire coach at the Royal College of Music and Oxenfoord International Summer School and is a coach and course leader for Samling Academy.

Refreshments available during the interval


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Apr
10
7:30 PM19:30

Alice Earll (violin)

Booth’s Bookshop Cinema (entrance in Brook Street, Hay-on-Wye)

Tickets £14 (students £7)

Tickets in person from Richard Booth's Bookshop, 44 Lion Street, Hay-on-Wye

or by telephone: 01497 820322

or online through Booth's Bookshop

or at the door (but pre-booking strongly recommended as there are only 48 seats in the Cinema)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

‘Dancing with Bach’

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Programme:

Johann Sebastian Bach:   Partita No 3 in E major BWV 1006 

Johann Paul von Westhoff:   Suite No 1 for Solo Violin in A Minor

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber:   Passacgalia 

Johann Sebastian Bach:   Partita No 2 in D Minor BWV 1004

JS Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are among the most exceptional pieces for unaccompanied violin and were modelled on some of the most popular dances of the baroque era. Find out about the dances Bach used, how he adapted them and the origins of his inimitable style. We will explore the history of the genre and discuss whether Bach’s composition was a singular work of genius or the pinnacle of a well-worn compositional path. Discover how composers such as Biber and Westhoff blazed the trail as much as half a century before Bach had written his collection and listen to their music all performed on an historical instrument. Join Alice for an evening of Bach, Westhoff and Biber and more with opportunities for discussion - and drinks.

Alice Earll is a young and engaging British violinist specialising in period instrument performance.  Alice studied under Pavlo Beznosiuk at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating in 2016 with a first-class degree and the Bickerdike Allen Prize for achievement.  She has since gone on to perform with the Academy of Ancient Music at the BBC Proms and as part of the Lincoln Centre's Mostly Mozart Festival.  She has also played at Shakespeare's Globe as part of 'Vivaldi's The Four Season - A Reimagining' with music by Max Richter and performed with various other groups such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Avison Ensemble, Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Marsyas and as a member of the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO).  As a soloist, Alice has performed Telemann’s Concerto for Three Violins in F Major alongside Rachel Podger at the Wigmore Hall and given a series of lecture recitals about the development of unaccompanied violin music across the South West of England to much acclaim.  As a founding member of Ensemble Molière, Alice has performed at the Brighton Early Music Festival, Bruges Early Music Festival and made her BBC Radio debut on BBC Radio 3's In Tune.  She plays on a Thomas Kennedy violin on loan from the Harrison Frank Foundation. Forthcoming performances include 'Les Visionnaires' lunchtime concert as part of Leatherhead's Month of Baroque Music with Ensemble Molière and performances in Moscow and St Petersburg with The Tavener Choir, Consort and Players and Alice will be joining the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment on their tour of the Far East.

 From a recent review: “….. a stunning concert which will remain with us for a long time!  The last Chaconne was just breathtaking” - Jill Davies, Davies Music  

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May
1
7:30 PM19:30

The Crayford, Clemmow, Welsh Piano Trio

St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets: £12 (students £6)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

Hay Music and St Mary’s Church in association present a Mayday Concert with The Crayford, Clemmow, Welsh Piano Trio

 

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Marcia Crayford - violin Caroline Clemmow - piano Moray Welsh - cello


Programme:

Haydn:  Trio in G major Hob XV:25 - ‘Gypsy Rondo'

Solo items (to be announced) for violin, piano and cello

Piazzolla:  ‘Spring’ from The Four Seasons arr. Bragato

Dvorak:  ‘Dumky' Trio Op. 90

Marcia Crayford made her Royal Festival Hall solo debut while still a student at the Yehudi Menuhin School and went on to perform concertos with Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Michael Tippett and Sir Simon Rattle.

For 25 years she was leader of the Nash Ensemble, which has a remarkable worldwide reputation for its performances of a wide range of music. She has made many prize-winning recordings with the ensemble and her performance of the Elgar Violin Sonata was named the benchmark in the BBC Music Magazine.

On leaving the Nash Ensemble she was invited to lead the London Symphony Orchestra working with many of the great conductors. She has appeared regularly as guest leader with all the major orchestras, and some highlights include the last Star Wars film with John Williams and the LSO, performances at Covent Garden and concerts at the Edinburgh Festival and the BBC Proms with Donald Runnicles and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

From 2010-2013 she was Co-Artistic Director and leader of the Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Soloists. In 2013 she formed the chamber ensemble Dragonfly with distinguished friends who have played together for many years. She was a mentor with the acclaimed Mendelssohn on Mull Festival from 2001-2016 and was also a mentor and teacher at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama for several years.

 

Caroline Clemmow has a rich and varied musical background. As a violinist she led the Kent Youth Orchestra and was subsequently awarded a piano scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she won many prizes. She performs concertos and in solo recitals, she derives particular pleasure from chamber music, covering an extremely wide repertoire and has participated in many London concerts, given numerous broadcasts and played in major festivals.

An important part of her work was the celebrated duo with her husband, Anthony Goldstone, who died in 2017. They were critically acclaimed for their pioneering broadcasts and CDs, building an international reputation.  She has been described by the Daily Telelgraph as “the ideal chamber music partner” and has travelled widely as soloist and in chamber music, including an extensive tour of the former Soviet Union.

 

Moray Welsh has had a distinguished career as soloist and chamber music player, following the unique experience of studying for two years at the Moscow Conservatoire with the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. While still a student at York University the quality of his playing was recognised by Benjamin Britten, with whom he played the composer's Sonata for cello and piano. Britten followed this by arranging an introduction to Rostropovich, which led to an invitation to study in Moscow.  In Britain he has played several times at the Proms, in all the major concert halls and with all the key symphony orchestras. He has toured abroad as a soloist with several British orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, the RPO, and BBC Scottish Symphony, and appeared as a soloist in Scandinavia, Europe, the USSR, the USA, and the Far East.

 In the chamber music field, Moray Welsh has been a guest with numerous groups, including the Amadeus Quartet and all the major British String Quartets. He has recorded Bach Trio Sonatas with James Galway and Kyung Wha Chung, and has several times performed the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. Recent chamber music partners have included André Previn, Martin Roscoe, Peter Cropper, Yuri Bashmet, Midori, Leif Ove Andsnes, Jonathan Papp and Marcia Crayford.

He has been associated with a number of contemporary composers who have written works for cello, notably the Concerto by Hugh Wood, and he has premiered concertos by David Blake, Lennox Berkeley, Ronald Stevenson, Daniel Jones, George Nicholson, William Wordsworth and Alun Hoddinott, as well as championing works for cello and orchestra by Hans Gal, Sir Donald Tovey, Alexander Goehr, Joachim Raff, Havergal Brian, Herbert Howells and David Dorward. 

For eighteen years Moray held a teaching post at the Royal Northern College of Music, and followed that as Principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra. With the LSO he has often been heard as soloist in Don Quixote, the Tippett Triple Concerto, Beethoven Triple Concerto, the Elgar Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto, both in this country and abroad, under such conductors as Bernard Haitink, Sir Colin Davis and André Previn.

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Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

Raphael Wallfisch (cello) and John York (piano)

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets £15 (students £7.50)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate

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Hay Music is proud and honoured to present a recital by one of the world’s finest cellists, Raphael Wallfisch, together with his regular pianist John York.

Programme

Rebecca Clarke:  Rhapsody for Cello and Piano (1923 - unpublished until now)

Beethoven:  Sonata in G minor Op 5 No 2

Brahms: Sonata in F minor Op 120 No 1

Frank Bridge:  Sonata in D minor (1917)

Raphael Wallfisch is acknowledged as probably the leading British cellist for the last few decades with an extraordinary discography now numbering over 80 CDs encompassing the entire major cello repertoire in concerti and chamber music and individual cello works. In addition he has specialised in introducing less familiar pieces by 20th century British composers and others.

He comes from a musical family (and has sired another generation of musicians) with his father being the pianist Peter Wallfisch and his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, an Auschwitz survivor who owed her survival to her membership of the orchestra of the infamous death camp. Over his 40 year career Raphael has performed with all the leading orchestras worldwide, and nearer home with the LPO. LSO, BBC Symphony, English Chamber, Halle, CBSO, and more. He has appeared in festivals throughout Britain and Europe including the BBC Proms, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh. He has worked with numerous British composers including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, James MacMillan, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.

John York’s career was launched in 1973 when he was awarded the International Debussy prize in Paris. After a Wigmore Hall debut he has performed across the world as a soloist with many of the major orchestras as well as being a chamber music partner, primarily with Raphael Wallfisch and the piano duo York2. Apart from the Wallfisch/York CDs he has recorded the complete works for piano and winds of Poulenc, Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Debussy. He was, for 33 years, Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Their programme begins with the Rhapsody for Cello and Piano (1923) by Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979). This is no Edwardian late romantic trifle but a major four movement work of, at times, almost unbearable pain and anguish, never published until now. She withdrew the work during early rehearsal with May Mukle and Myra Hess, and the work was never performed in her lifetime. It is clearly programmatic with the opening funeral bell on the piano followed by a rising cry and then descending arpeggios on both cello and piano filling the intense soundscape alongside the single line cello. The first movement ends quietly. The second movement is marked adagio e molto calmato, with the sound of a tick-tock clock, and the piano filling out with exquisite form and harmony, whilst the whole movement remains tender yet painful. In the allegro third movement you hear a percussive piano and pizzicato cello. There are thrilling passages with a strong cello theme against piano arpeggios. At one point we can perhaps hear a railway journey. Without a break the movement segues into the final lento, more anguish, more bells, and a descent into a calmer more reflective ending. Why did she withdraw this wonderful composition? Maybe on hearing it in rehearsal she found it too painful and revealing of her inner world and experience, feelings she could not bring herself to share with the public. What is known about her early family life suggests that the intense emotion is autobiographical in origin. This is a stunning work which should be heard, shared and appreciated by all those who value feeling in music.

Raphael and John continue with a performance of the huge Sonata in G minor Op 5 No 2. Here Beethoven is showing off his pianistic and compositional dexterity, structurally daring and technically demanding. The cello displays its full range with, at times, amiable conversations between the instruments and witty passages contrasting with the deeply felt troubled opening.

After the interval the duo continues with Brahms Sonata in F minor Op 120 No 1. This was originally composed for the clarinet (or viola) and piano but Wallfisch and York have made the first and their own arrangement for cello and piano. It is a substantial four movement work which fits so well on the cello, particularly with the heart-breaking second movement. It was written in 1894 three years before Brahms’ death and is one of the very last of his compositions.

The concert ends with Sonata in D minor by Frank Bridge. It is a two movement work composed between 1913 and 1917. The second movement expresses the despair of this avowed pacifist over the futility of the First World War.

This promises to be an exceptionally beautiful recital with the opportunity to hear great music performed by world-class musicians in the intimate surroundings of the music room at Dorstone House. But do remember to bring all your empathy with you! Not-to-be-missed, so do not delay in booking tickets when they come on sale, as those who leave it to the last minute will likely be disappointed.

This concert has been made possible by the support of an anonymous sponsor.

As usual concert goers at Dorstone are invited, weather permitting, to bring a picnic lunch from 1.00 pm and visit the garden and arboretum. Tea and cakes will be available after the performance, provided and served by fund-raising Dorstone volunteers. Signposted car parking is in the field next to Dorstone church.

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Jul
14
3:00 PM15:00

'A Celebration of Music in Hay' weekend ............ Rachel Podger (violin) and Krystian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

St Mary’s Church, Hay-on-Wye

Tickets £15 (students £7.50)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate

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Hay Music proudly welcomes Rachel Podger and Krystian Bezuidenhout in a celebration of one hundred Hay Music concerts!

Programme

J.S.Bach:  Sonata for violin and harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019

Handel:  Sonata in D major HWV 371

J.S.Bach:  Sonata No 2 for Violin and Obligato Harpsichord in A major BWV 1015

C.P.E.Bach:  Sonata in B minor Wq 76

C.P.E.Bach:  Fantasie in f sharp minor Wq 67

J.S.Bach:  Chorale prelude 'Christ lag in Todesbanden' BWV 625

There is probably no more inspirational musician working today …” (Gramophone) Rachel Podger, “the queen of the baroque violin” (Sunday Times) has established herself as a leading interpreter of the Baroque and Classical music periods. She was the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Royal Academy of Music/Kohn Foundation Bach Prize in October 2015.  She is the founder and Artistic Director of Brecon Baroque Festival and her ensemble Brecon Baroque.

As a director and soloist, Rachel has enjoyed countless collaborations with musicians all over the world. Highlights include Robert Levin, Jordi Savall, Masaaki Suzuki, European Union Baroque Orchestra, English Concert, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, Holland Baroque Society, Tafelmusik (Toronto), and, in the USA, the Berwick Academy, the Handel and Haydn Society, Berkeley Early Music, Oregon Bach Festival, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra. 

She has recently collaborated with harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout with performances in Padova, Katowice, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Kiel, Seville, Oxford, and Boston USA. In 2018 Rachel led Brecon Baroque in their debut at the Edinburgh Festival and performed solo recitals and broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and collaborated with acclaimed vocal group I Fagiolini to open the BBC Proms Chamber Music Series.

Rachel has won numerous awards including two Baroque Instrumental Gramophone Awards for La Stravaganza and Biber Rosary Sonatas, the Diapason d’Or de l’année in the Baroque Ensemble category for La Cetra Vivaldi concertos, a BBC Music Magazine Award in the instrumental category for Guardian Angel, and multiple Diapasons d’Or. The complete Vivaldi L’Estro Armonico concertos with Brecon Baroque was Record of the Month for both BBC Music and Gramophone Magazines, won the concerto category of the 2016 BBC Music Magazine Award, was awarded a Diapason d’Or and was shortlisted for a Gramophone Award .

Rachel is a dedicated educator and holds the Micaela Comberti Chair for Baroque Violin at The Royal College of Music, and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where she holds the Jane Hodge Foundation International Chair in Baroque Violin. She also has a developing relationship with The Juilliard School in New York.

Kristian Bezuidenhout is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music and now lives in London. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition. 

Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester. He has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam and Dunedin Consort. He has performed with artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore and Matthias Goerne.

Kristian's discography includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart, Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans, Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester, Beethoven and Mozart Lieder and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore.

Kristian has recently becomes Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Conductor with the English Concert. He play-directs with both orchestras and also with Camerata Salzburg, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester. As a soloist he performs with Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Herreweghe, Les Violons du Roy/Cohen and Le Concert Olympique/Caeyers.  Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, USA and Japan. 

Refreshments available during the interval

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Aug
11
3:00 PM15:00

Ilya Kondratiev - Piano

Dorstone House, Dorstone

Tickets £15 (students £7.50)

Please note:  time given for end of concert is approximate.

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Programme

Schubert:  Four Impromptus, op. 90

Prokofiev:  Sonata No. 3, op. 28

Mussorgsky:  ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’

A critically acclaimed pianist with varied repertoire, Ilya Kondratiev is the prize-winner of several renowned international music competitions, including Frederyk Chopin Hannover 2011, Franz Liszt Budapest 2011, Franz Liszt Weimar 2011, the Fifth Tbilisi 2013 and Brant Birmingham 2015. Born in Russia, he studied from the age of seven at the Samara College of Music with Victoria Soifer and, from the age of 16, at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the distinguished teacher and People’s Artist of Russia Zinaida Ignatieva. In 2014 he moved to London in order to further his studies at the Royal College of Music under Vanessa Latarche and Sofia Gulyak, graduating with a Master of Performance and an Artist Diploma in Performance. He also won the Beethoven Senior Intercollegiate Competition in 2015 and the prestigious Chappell Gold Medal in 2016.

Ilya performs extensively as a soloist and chamber music player at venues such as the Great Hall of Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Gasteig Munich, Weimarhalle, Palacio de Festivales de Santander, the Palace of Arts in Budapest and the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatoire. In 2009 he founded a chamber music ensemble Robert Quintet and won top prizes at the Sixth Stasys Vainunas Chamber Music Competition in 2009 and The Premio Vittorio Gui in Florence in 2011.

In 2011 Ilya was invited to work with Elisabeth Leonskaya at the Franz Liszt Piano Academy in Schilllingfurst, Germany and with Pavel Gililov at the Eppan Piano Academy in Italy. He has also performed in the masterclasses of Rolf-Dieter Arens, Dina Yoffe, Konstantin Shcherbakov, Willem Brons, Paul Gulda, Dmitry Bashkirov, Jerome Rose, Leslie Howard, Lang Lang and Arie Vardi.

In 2015 and 2017 Ilya was invited to the ‘Encuentro’ Festival in Santander and in 2016 appeared as a guest artist in the Gumusluk Festival in Turkey, and the Beethoven Music Festival and Academy in Altaussee in Austria. He is generously supported by the Keyboard Charitable Trust and Talent Unlimited Foundation.

Together with the performing, Ilya is developing his teaching career and in 2019 he joined the Royal College of Music London as a deputy piano professor.

A recent appearance for the Keyboard Charitable Trust in Cyprus received an ecstatic review from Yvonne Georgiadou, Artistic Director of The Pharos Cultural Centre:

”A revelation!....... Ilya is the most exceptional of all………Never before did a pianist keep me locked on my seat, full of excitement from beginning to end. He is a fascinating artist. He makes the piano sound like a full orchestra“.

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