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Talent Unlimited presents Ariana Kashefi (cello) and Salih Can Gevrek (piano)

Friday August 17, 2018 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano in A flat Op 70 - Robert Schumann
  2. Sonata for solo cello Op 25/3 - Paul Hindemith
  3. Partita No 6 in E minor BWV 830 - Johann Sebastian Bach

British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin Philharmonie and more. Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, as well as being the winner of the Making Music ‘Awards for Young Concert Artists’ (AYCA), a finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition, and 3rd prize winner in in the International Rubinstein competition held In Berlin. Ariana is also the recipient of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’ for instrumental studies abroad which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with professor Claudio Bohorquez. In Berlin she was chosen on two separate occasions to perform in the prestigious ‘Excellence concerts’ for exceptional students. Ariana is currently studying for an artist diploma with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy.

She began her studies with Robert Max at the junior department of the Royal Academy of music where she won all available prizes and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps as an Amaryllis Scholar. At the College she won the cello prize in her first year and was named an ‘RCM rising star’ after performing Prokofiev concertino with the RCM symphony orchestra.

Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune’ performing a selection of works including excerpts from Poulenc’s Cello sonata and a premiere of a new solo cello work by British composer Deborah Pritchard which was composed and dedicated to her.

Ariana was chosen to participate in the London Symphony orchestra string scheme and after audition has been invited to participate on several tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Ariana frequently plays as a soloist with orchestras: this season included performances in London, Berlin and Estonia.

Ariana has also taken part in many festivals and courses including IMS Prussia Cove masterclass’ working intensively with Steven Isserlis, Kronberg Academy masterclasses with Gary Hoffman and Academia Chigiana with professor David Geringas where she was awarded the one available scholarship for an artist of exceptional promise.

Ariana is grateful for the support of Talent Unlimited.

Simone Alessandro Tavoni has been awarded a place on the BBC Pathway scheme during the 2015/2016 academic year. Through this, he has had the opportunity to rehearse and perform as an orchestral pianist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and some of these performances have been played by BBC Radio 3.

Simone has given solo recitals internationally, including in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Hungary, France, Spain, Malta and across Italy. He has featured as a soloist with the East London symphony orchestra, the Kensington Chamber Orchestra, the Ashod Symphony Orchestra and the Luigi Cherubini Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Florence. Performance venues have included Liszt House (Budapest, Hungary), Florence Conservatory Concert Hall (Florence, Italy), the Royal Festival Hall, the Brunel university, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Regent Hall, St. James’ Piccadilly (London. U.K.), the Hausmusik of Aarhus and the Italian institute of culture in Copenhagen (Denmark). He has also performances in the En Blanc Et Noir Piano Festival in Lagrasse, France.

After graduating from the Giacomo Puccini Conservatoire in La Spezia when he was 18, where he studied the piano under Marco Podestà, he then moved to Florence to study at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire, continuing piano studies with Giuseppe Fricelli, and studying composition with Rosario Mirigliano. Simone won the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme, and went to study in Budapest on a scholarship at the Franz Liszt Academy with Kesckes Balazs, receiving lessons from Laszlo Baranyay, Andras Kemenes and undertaking masterclasses with Zoltan Kocsis and Malcolm Bilson.

In 2014, Simone moved to London to study on the Master of Performance programme at the Royal College of Music with Andrew Ball. Simone won a second exchange bursary in Autumn 2015, to study for one term at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany with Peter Nagy.

Simone has been generously supported by the Henry Wood Trust and by the Talent Unlimited organization. One of his most recent performances has been recorded by the Television “Canal du Sur” (Andalucia, Spain).

Salih Can Gevrek, born in Turkey in 1992, began piano lessons at the age of 5. He was accepted into the prestigious Bilkent University Faculty of Music and Drama Preparatory School in Ankara at the age of 7. He continued his studies at Bilkent University with Gulnara Aziz until 2011 when he was accepted into the Royal College of Music London. Salih is currently studying an Artist Diploma degree with Dmitri Alexeev.

His achievements in international competitions started from age 10 when he was awarded a prize in the Eskisehir Anadolu University International Young Pianists Competition. His success continued with 2nd Prize in the Lubomir Pipkov International Piano Competition in Bulgaria, laureate in the Moscow State Conservatory International Piano Competition, and 1st Prize in the Kamuran Gündemir Piano Competition. He was also awarded the ‘Selcuk-Kamuran Gundemir’ Special Prize and performance of Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He recently won 1st prize in Gümüslük International Piano Competition.

Salih has participated in masterclasses with renowned pianists including Dmitri Bashkirov, Boris Berezovsky, Leonid Margarius, Edna Golandsky, Özgür Aydin and Idil Biret. As a soloist, he has performed with the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Ankara Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed solo recitals in international music festivals, such as the Antalya Piano Festival, ‘Three Choirs Festival’ Worcester, Bosch Young Classical Musicians Festival, and the Granada Music Festival in Spain. His solo recital for the Ankara Music Festival 2011 were highly praised, and broadcast on live national radio in Spain and Turkey. Salih is a ‘Talent Unlimited’ artist and has performed in celebrated London venues such as Steinway Hall, Steinway 160th Anniversary ‘Arabesque’ Launch, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St James Piccadilly, Elgar Room of Royal Albert Hall, and Cadogan Hall.

As well as an already established solo pianist, Salih is an avid chamber musician. He frequently plays trios with other students from Royal College of Music. He won the 2012 Royal College of Music Chamber Music Competition. They regularly take part in recitals including Royal Albert Hall’s ‘Classical Coffee Morning Series’, the ‘London Music Chamber Series’, ‘Belle Shenkman Music Programme’ in the National Gallery and have performed in St James Piccadilly and Wigmore Hall. Recently, they were selected for a masterclass with Menaham Pressler in Wigmore Hall and performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with the ‘Essex Young People’s Orchestra’.

Salih has recently been accepted as a competitor in the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, Santander International Piano Competition and Leeds International Piano Competition.

Free recital (retiring collection)

St James's Church, Piccadilly
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