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Talent Unlimited artists perform Scarlatti, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin

Wednesday June 19, 2019 at 13:10
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Sonata for keyboard in E K 380; L 23 - Domenico Scarlatti
  2. 1st movement: In tempo di un menuetto, from Sonata for Piano No 22 in F Op 54 - Ludwig van Beethoven
  3. Dumka in C minor, for piano Op 59 - Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  4. 1st movement: Allegro ma non troppo, from Sonata for Piano No 2 in D minor Op 14 - Sergey Prokofiev
  5. Alt-Wiener Tanzweisen, for violin and piano - Fritz Kreisler
  6. Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess Op 19 - Igor Alexandrovich Frolov

Born into a musical family in Pleven, Bulgaria, in 1997, Dilyan studied at the ‘Panayot Pipkov’ National School of Arts. At the age of seven, he began playing the piano under the tutorage of Antoaneta Vodenicharova. In 2013, he was offered a scholarship to study as an International Music Scholar at Whitgift School, London where he studied with Tatiana Sarkissova. In September 2015, Dilyan was offered a scholarship to commence his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, tutored by Head of Keyboard Ronan O’Hora and Peter Bithell.

Dilyan has won prizes in many prestigious competitions in both Bulgaria and abroad, including First Prize at the 20th National Competition ‘Varban Varbanov’, Burgas, Bulgaria, Second Prize at 2nd National Competition for Pianists ‘Mila Mihaylova’, Varna, Bulgaria, First Prize at the 5th National Competition ‘Diko Iliev’, Vratsa, Bulgaria, Third Prize at the 8th International Competition ‘Franz Schubert’, Rousse, Bulgaria, Third Prize and a Special Prize of Foundation ‘Ss. Cyril and Methodius’ at the International Music Competition ‘Young Virtuosos’, Sofia, First and a Special Prize for best interpretation of a piece composed by Pancho Vladigerov at the National Competition for Pianist and Violinists ‘Pancho Vladigerov’, Shumen, Bulgaria, First prize at the 18th International Music Competition ‘Hopes, Talents, Masters’ Dobrich, Bulgaria , Third Prize at the 1st Concorso Internationale di Pianoforte “Mme. Rosina Lhevinne”- San Marco di Castellabate , Italy and many others .

He has taken part in master classes with many leading pianists, most notably Dmitrii Bashkirov, Dmitri Alexeev, Craig Sheppard, Robert Levin, Janina Fialkowska, Ludmil Angelov, Milena Mollova, Plamena Mangova, Marina Kapacinskaya, Henri Sigfridsson, Yuliya Lipmanovich.

Dilyan frequently performs as a soloist with orchestras, in addition to giving solo recitals. He has performed in Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Germany, Poland, UK and others. Since arriving in the UK Dilyan has performed regularly in many venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Millennium Centre, Milton Court, Bulgarian Embassy, St Martin in the Fields, Chelmsford Cathedral, Trinity College, Cambridge and others. He has performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor op. 16 with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Whitgift Chamber Orchestra, receiving much acclaim for this stylish interpretation.

Dilyan is thankful for the support of Talent Unlimited and the Gillian and Freddie Martin Trust.

Charlie Westhoff was born in 1996 in Sydney, Australia. He studied under the tutelage of Janet Davies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the Rising Stars program and Dr Robin Wilson at the Australian National Academy of Music, before receiving a full scholarship to study with Itzhak Rashkovsky at the Royal College of Music, London, thanks to the Ladies of the Soiree D’Or Foundation. Charlie was named Pittwater Young Citizen of the Year for his contribution to the Arts in 2009, gained his Licentiate Diploma in Violin with Distinction in 2011, and was invited to study at the Julliard school.

Charlie performed the Violin soundtrack for the short feature film ‘Reason to Smile’ by Academy Award nominated director Rene Hernandez. In 2012 Charlie won the Wenkart Foundation Junior Violin Award, Alf and Pearl Pollard Award for performance excellence and The Marcus Edwards Prize for Violin, whilst becoming a prize winner in both the Fine Music 2MBS Young Performers Awards and the National Kendall Violin Competition 2013. Charlie won 2nd Prize at the Animato International Violin Competition (2013).

Charlie has performed in concert with the Tin Alley String quartet, New Zealand String Quartet, and Bolt Ensemble. He is a graduate of the Keshet Eilon mastercourse, whilst having receiving lessons and mentorship from (among others) Mischa Maisky, Nicolas Alstaedt, Vadim Gluzman, Vesa Matti Lepanen, Naoko Tanaka, as well as members of the London based Doric String Quartet and Australia’s Goldner String Quartet. He has participated in the Musica Viva Festival and Canberra International Music Festival, and toured with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in 2015. Over the past 2 years he has been a featured soloist with the Melbourne Philharmonia Project.

Kumi Matsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan. Winner of the 5th Louisiana International Piano Competition in 2013, she has also won Second Prize at the 75th Music Competition of Japan in 2006, Third Prize at the 22nd Ferrol International Piano Competition in 2008 and First Prize at the 6th Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in 2012.

Kumi graduated from the Toho Gakuen High School of Music and the Toho Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo. In 2007 she moved to London for her further study at the Royal College of Music where she gained an Artist Diploma and a Master of Music in Performance. Her study was supported by the Charles Napper Award, the Russell Gander Award and the Rohm Music Foundation.

In 2008 Kumi won RCM concerto competition and gave her London debut playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto for Left Hand in Cadogan Hall with RCM Sinfonietta conducted by Peter Stark. In 2009 she performed Schnittke’s Concerto Grosso No.1 with RCM Chamber Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski at the Queen Elisabeth Hall. She also performed Prokofiev’s 3rd Piano Concerto with RCM Symphony Orchestra under Martin André at the Royal College of Music. In 2014 she gave her New York debut at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall.

Kumi has played solo and chamber music in UK, USA, France, Holland, Poland, Romania, India and Japan and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Banatul Symphony Orchestra, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Constanza Symphony Orchestra and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She has recently finished the Anthony Saltmarsh Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.

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St James's Church, Piccadilly
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