Jamal Aliyev


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In 2017 Jamal made his BBC Proms debut and won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

In 2017 Jamal made his debut at the BBC Proms, won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award and was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT). His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.

Highlights over the last year include appearances as soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, and with the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela. He returned to Wigmore Hall, made his debut at the Istanbul Music Festival, premiered a new work by Karl Jenkins, and recorded with Classic FM.

During 2018/19 Jamal makes his debut with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the London Mozart Players and CBSO Youth Orchestra, and returns as soloist with the Presidential Symphony of Turkey and Istanbul Symphony Orchestras. He collaborates with Fazil Say in concerts in Turkey, gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and the St. Magnus Festival, and appears as soloist in Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he is completing his Master’s.

Jamal has performed widely in Europe and further afield. Highlights including the Menuhin, Kronberg and Enescu Festivals, 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 selected as one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists, 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 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 (2004) 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 a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual through the Beare’s International Violin Society. He is grateful for support from the Neville Wathen Scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Munster Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Karl Motesiczky and Cagdas Egitim Vakfi (CEV Sanat) sponsored by Finansbank.

Press reviews

“The tender cello solo from Jamal Aliyev in Memoirs of a Geisha is in my ear still.”

Ivan Hewitt, The Telegraph / BBC Proms / July 2017

“There’s a heartfelt quality to Jamal Aliyev’s playing that comes across strongly on this debut disc.”

BBC Music Magazine / Champs Hill Russian Masters with Anna Fedorova / March 2017

“Thoughtful, expansive readings of the two great Soviet cello sonatas from a young artist possessed of enviable technique and a rich broad palette. ”

Classical Music Magazine / Champs Hill Russian Masters with Anna Fedorova / April 2017
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