The Royal College of Music is one of the world’s great conservatoires, training gifted musicians from all over the world for international careers as performers, conductors and composers. We are delighted to be able to provide a showcase for some of their most talented students in our Gallery Live venue space.
The first show explores the sounds of violin from Maria Gilicel and piano from Tolga Atalay Ün...
Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel is an emerging performer recognized for her versatility and passion on stage. Maria has just obtained her Masters in Performance with Distinction under Maciej Rakowski at the Royal College of Music (London), where she previously studied with Ani Schnarch. She is a Soirée d’Or Scholar supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and has also been awarded by the Stephen Bell Trust. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member in various venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, St. John’s Smith Square, the Romanian Cultural Institute of London, Museo Sartorio di Trieste (Italy) and the National Auditorium of Madrid (Spain); and has worked with many acclaimed musicians including Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Maxim Vengerov, Nicola Benedetti, Mats Zetterqvist, Christoph Richter, Pavel Fisher, Alina Ibragimova, Itzakh Rashkovsky, Mariana Sîrbu and Mari Tampere-Bezrodny. She took part in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Pathway Scheme and went on tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe as part of their Academy. Maria plays on a Giovanni Francesco Pressenda violin (Turin, 1843) and a James Tubbs bow kindly loaned from the Royal College of Music. She has recently won the Tillett Trust Young Artists platform and has been awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Emily Anderson Prize for soloists. Future engagements include solo and chamber recitals in England and Scotland.
Turkish-American pianist Tolga Atalay Ün was born in 1995, in Ankara, Turkey. He is currently in his second year of postgraduate studies (MPerf) at the Royal College of Music, London, studying piano with Norma Fisher, where he is a C. Bechstein Scholar supported by a Christopher Hogwood Scholarship. He recently finished his undergraduate studies in Norma Fisher’s piano class at the RCM, where he was a ‘Kenneth and Violet Scott Scholar’ and he received his Bachelor of Music (Honours) with First Class. He also studied the harpsichord for two years with Terence Charlston and piano with Niel Immelman at the RCM. In September 2016, Tolga Atalay ÜN was selected as a scholar to the ‘Young Musicians on World Stages’ (YMWS) project created and mentored by Güher & Süher Pekinel with financial support of TÜPRAŞ. He is also generously supported by Sevda-Cenap And Music Foundation and Talent Unlimited. On the 6th March 2019, he played in the concert organised for the annual President’s Visit from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales to the RCM. His recent successes include the Beethoven Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians as a result of winning the First Prize and the Thomas Harris Beethoven Award at the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe’s 2017 Senior Intercollegiate Piano Competition; the First Prize at the Kendall Taylor Beethoven Competition at the RCM; the First Prize, the Prize for the Best Performance of A.A.Saygun and the Audience Prize at the 4th Ahmed Adnan Saygun Piano Competition in 2017 and the Second Prize at the Broadwood Horniman Harpsichord Competition in November 2015.
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