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.
Future engagements 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 in 2018 broadcast live on Medici television. He 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 Symphony and Presidential Symphony Orchestras of Turkey, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Eskisehir Symphony, Orpheus Sinfonia, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, 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 1st Prize at the Eastbourne (2016), Croydon (2015), Bromsgrove (2015), Muriel Taylor (2014) and V. Antonio Janigro International Competitions (2004). 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.
He is grateful for support from the Neville Wathen Scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Hattori Foundation, Stephen Bell Trust, Florian Leonhard Fine Violins, Kathleen Trust, Worshipful Company of Musicians, the Arts Club, Sir Karl Jenkins, Martin Trust, Talent Unlimited and the Bowerman Family.
Daniel Evans was born in Bristol in 1994. He was accepted to a music school for exceptional talent in Wells, England at the age of 11, and has since gone on to take a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama studying for his Bmus Degree in Solo Piano Performance with professor Joan Havill. Since making his debut with Bach's F minor concerto at the age of 10, he has gone on to perform concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Liszt in venues in London, Wells, Bath and Bristol. He has worked with orchestras such as the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, Hebrides Ensemble and Wells Cathedral School Orchestra.
He has also performed Solo Recitals in Britain, Germany, Spain, China, Korea, USA, and performed in venues such as the 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, Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg. He has won prizes in many competitions including 2nd Prize in the Tel Hai International Piano Concerto Competition, 1st Prize in the EPTA Piano Competition UK, 1st Prize in the Oxford International Piano Competition, 1st prize in the Allegro Vivo International Competition, 2nd Prize in the Norah Sande International Piano Competition and joint 1st Prize in the Wells Concerto Competition. He was also recently a semi-finalist at the Isidor Bajic and Val Tidone International Piano Competitions. He has studied intensively with Joan Havill, John Byrne and Kate Miller and taken part in the masterclasses and courses of Robert Levin, Richard Goode, Aquiles Delle Vigne, Dominique Merlet, Victor Derevianko, Boaz Sharon, Sa Chen, Bernard d’Ascoli, Melvyn Tan and David Dolan.
He is also an active composer, having won 1st prizes at the ABRSM and the BBC PROMS Young Composer’s Competitions, having his string quartet 'Anonymous D' performed live in the Proms and on BBC RADIO 3, and his piano piece performed live in the Cadogan Hall. Also being an active improviser, he has performed his own original improvisations or 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.