National cellist to perform in UK

24 July 2019 13:06 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijani cellist Jamal Aliyev has in a short time stunned listeners around the world with his incredible talent and virtuosity.

The musician numerously performed on BBC Radio 3, Medici TV and London Live TV, including his solo performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra where he gave his debut live broadcast at the Menuhin Hall.

The famous cellist will delight music lovers in Birmingham, UK, on July 28.

Jamal Aliyev will perform together with Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Seal. The concert will feature Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1.

Aliyev plays on a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello which was produced in 1756. As a soloist he has performed together with the Bilkent Symphony, Istanbul State Symphony, Eskisehir Symphony and Presidential Symphony Orchestras of Turkey, El Sistema Symphony of Venezuela, Kennemer Jeugd Orkest of the Netherlands, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orpheus Sinfonia, the Sampson Orchestra of Cambridge, the Guildford, Epsom and Croydon Symphony Orchestras.

Becoming a musician was genetically pre-ordained for Jamal - both his parents are involved in music. Future cellist began his musical studies with his first teacher and beloved grandfather, Honored Artist of Azerbaijan Gara Aliyev, who played a large role in developing Jamal’s musical skills. He trained dozens of supremely gifted musicians, laureates of various international competitions.

Jamal Aliyev displayed musical talent at a young age, already playing concerts at the age of 5. He won the prize at Trakya International competition at the age of 9 as well as Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition when he was only 11 years old.

Young cellist was invited to study at Moscow Conservatory Central Music School and Yehudi Menuhin School in London. When Jamal turned 14, he decided to choose London.

Afterwards Jamal Aliyev and Welsh musician Karl Jenkins began to perform much time together. Jenkins even composed a music piece for him. Jamal presented the work of the famous composer at Royal Albert Hall. It was his second performance at one of the world's most famous stages.

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Laman Ismayilova  is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow her on Twitter: @Lam_Ismayilova

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