Celebrated by Classic FM as one of the “30 of the most brilliant young classical musicians playing today”, Turkish cellist Jamal Aliyev is captivating audiences all over the world.
Jamal made his solo debut at the BBC Proms in 2017, performing for the celebrated film music composer John Williams’ 85th Birthday with the BBC Concert Orchestra. He has remained in high demand in concert halls around the world ever since.
Jamal will be joined for this performance by acclaimed Wicklow pianist, and the festival’s Artistic Director, Fiachra Garvey. Jamal and Fiachra have selected a programme that will treat us to the understated elegance of Eccles’ much-loved Sonata in G minor, before gradually shifting gears into the passionate exuberance of high Romanticism, with three masterpieces by Schubert, Schumann and Brahms that span the 19th century.
“one of the greatest cellists of his generation.”Fazil Say on Jamal Aliyev
“enviable technique and a rich broad palette.”Classical Music Magazine on Jamal Aliyev
“…a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.”Sunday Times (on Fiachra Garvey)
Lauded as “one of the greatest cellists of his generation” by acclaimed pianist Fazil Say, and with an “enviable technique and a rich broad palette” by Classical Music Magazine, Jamal Aliyev is captivating audiences all over the world and rapidly rising to the top of his profession. Being in high demand, he has made numerous appearances in North and South America, to the Far East in China, Hong Kong and Singapore and all throughout Europe.
In 2017, he made his solo debut at the prestigious BBC Proms with the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall performing for the celebrated film music composer John Williams’ 85th Birthday. In the same year he won the ‘Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award’ and released his debut CD, ‘Russian Masters’, with pianist Anna Fedorova for Champs Hill Records to wide critical acclaim.During the 2021/22 season Jamal toured with Sir Karl Jenkins and the London Concert Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall (London), St. David’s (Cardiff), CBSO Center (Birmingham), Bridgewater Hall (Manchester) and the Royal Concert Hall (Nottingham). Jamal Aliyev gave the Turkish premiere of Fazil Say’s cello concerto Shahmaran at the Volkswagen Arena – Istanbul, in December and will be touring together as a duo in 2022-23.
Wicklow-born pianist Fiachra Garvey is possessed of a maturity and profound understanding of his art, which when combined with his infectious enthusiasm for music-making, has already captivated audiences in concert halls across Europe and beyond.
First prizewinner at the 2012 Jaques Samuel Competition, London, Fiachra Garvey, ARAM, has performed in venues from the Fazioli Auditorium in Italy to London’s Wigmore Hall. He has also been a prizewinner at AXA Dublin International Piano Competition (Brennan Prize and McCullough Bursary), EU Piano Competition Prague (concerto finalist), and 3rd Soirees-Concours Internationales de Piano a Collioure, France (Audience award).
The National Concert Hall Dublin awarded Fiachra the “Rising Star” prize in 2011, which subsequently led to a series of concerto and solo debuts.Fiachra’s concerto appearances include Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Janáček Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky and Poulenc with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Grieg with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Prokofiev No. 3 with the RIAM Symphony Orchestra and Grieg with the Hibernian Orchestra, working with eminent conductors including John Wilson, Duncan Ward, Theodore Kuchar, Stephen Bell and Mihhail Gerts.
Recent highlights include the first classical recital at Google Dublin, a series of solo and two-piano recitals in Japan, a tour of China during which Fiachra gave masterclasses at the Beijing Conservatory of Music, as well as appearances at Spoleto Festival Italy, Wexford Opera, Brighton Festival, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester and The Geneva Festival, Switzerland.
Fiachra’s debut CD For the Piano, on the RTÉ lyric FM label “brings a deep and infectious enthusiasm, combined with insight and technical comfort.” (Sunday Times). His second CD is a live performance from Wigmore Hall. Fiachra is the Founder and Artistic Director of the West Wicklow Chamber Music Festival and Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Classical Vauxhall.
He is hugely grateful for the support he has received from the Arts Council (Professional Development Award 2020) and the Wicklow Arts Office (Artist Award Scheme 2020).
When not performing, Fiachra loves nothing more than returning home to help on the family farm with the yearly lambing, dipping, shearing, harvesting and all the other elegant and refined activities on the farm! Fiachra feels this makes him a more inspired and fulfilled musician.