Jamal Aliyev (cello) & Daniel Hyunwoo (piano)

In 2017 Jamal Aliyev made his debut at the BBC Proms, won the Arts Club - Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected for representation by YCAT. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill records to critical acclaim.

Engagements this season include appearances as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall with the Philharmonia Orchestra, and performances of two concertos at the George Enescu Festival at the Atheneum (Bucharest) in 2018 broadcast live on Medici television. He returns to Wigmore Hall, makes his debut at the Istanbul Music Festival, premieres a new work by Karl Jenkins and records with Classic FM and Warner Classics.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan in 1993, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he embarks on his Master's this autumn.

Jamal has performed widely in Europe and further afield, highlights including Wigmore Hall, the Menuhin, Kronberg and Enescu festivals, Royal Festival Hall, the Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow), the Arts Parliament House (Singapore) and the Presidential Concert Hall (Turkey). In 2015 he was one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists selected, regularly appearing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

As a soloist he has appeared with the Bilkent and Presidential symphony orchestras of Turkey, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Eskisehir Symphony, Orpheus Sinfonia, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, and the Guildford and Croydon symphony orchestras, among many others.

During his studies Jamal has won numerous awards including the Musicians' Company Prince's Prize (2017) and First Prize at the Eastbourne (2016), Croydon (2015), Bromsgrove (2015), Muriel Taylor (2014) and V. Antonio Janigro (2004) international competitions. In 2016 he won the Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition in Romania and received an honourable mention at the Pablo Casals Competition in France.

Jamal plays on a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual.


Daniel Hyunwoo was born in Bristol in 1994. He was accepted to Wells Cathedral School at the age of 11, and went on to study for his BMus at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Joan Havill. Currently, he is being generously supported by the Robert McFadzean Whyte Award to study for his MPerf at the Royal College of Music with Norma Fisher.

Since making his debut performing Bach's F minor concerto at the age of 10, he has performed concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt at venues in London, Wells, Bath and Bristol. He has worked with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfonica Provincial de Malaga, Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique du Conservatoire de Nice, Aurora Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble, and Wells Cathedral School Orchestra.

He has also performed solo recitals in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, Korea and the USA, and has performed in venues such as Cadogan Hall, Milton Court Concert Hall, Colston Hall, Xinghai Conservatory of Music Concert Hall, Aaron Copland Theatre, Troldhaugen Concert Hall, Wells Cathedral, Neuadd y Dderwen (The Oak Hall), Altenburg Monastery, and the Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg.

He has won prizes in many competitions including First Prize ex aequo at the Nice International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Campillos International Piano Competition, Second Prize in the Tel Hai International Piano Concerto Competition, First Prize in the EPTA Piano Competition UK, First Prize in the Oxford International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Allegro Vivo International Competition, Second Prize in the Norah Sande International Piano Competition, First Prize in the Wells Concerto Competition, the Kerr Memorial Prize at the Royal Over-Seas League Competition, joint First Prize at the Euregio Piano Award 2017 and the Third Prize at the Sheepdrove International Piano Competition. He was also recently a semi-finalist at the Isidor Bajic and Val Tidone international piano competitions.

He has previously studied with John Byrne and Kate Miller and has taken part in masterclasses and courses by Robert Levin, Richard Goode, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Dominique Merlet, Victor Derevianko, Boaz Sharon, Sa Chen, Bernard d'Ascoli, Melvyn Tan, Christopher Elton, Ronan O'Hora and David Dolan.

He is also an active composer, having won first prizes at the ABRSM and the BBC PROMS Young Composers' competitions, having his string quartet Anonymous D performed and broadcast in the BBC Proms and on BBC Radio 3, and his piano piece Appearances performed at Cadogan Hall. An active improviser, he has performed his own original improvisations and improvisations based on themes supplied from the audience in concert, and has worked with Robert Levin on improvising cadenzas for Mozart concertos. Daniel continues to improvise his own cadenzas and embellishments live in performance.

Daniel is generously supported by Talent Unlimited for his continued development in the City of London.