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Talent Unlimited presents Ariana Kashefi (cello) and Nicola Said (soprano)

Friday August 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm
St James's Church, Piccadilly, London
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Adagio and Allegro for cello and piano in A flat Op 70 - Robert Schumann
  2. Sonata for solo cello Op 25/3 - Paul Hindemith
  3. At the fountain, from 4 Pieces Op 20 - Karl Davydov
  4. Regnava nel silenzio, from Lucia di Lammermoor - Gaetano Donizetti
  5. Batti, batti, from Don Giovanni K 527 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  6. Saper vorreste, from Un ballo in maschera, 'A masked ball' - Giuseppe Verdi
  7. Intermezzo No 1 - Manuel Maria Ponce
  8. The Doll Song - Jacques Offenbach

British cellist Ariana Kashefi is in high demand as a chamber musician and soloist performing in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin Philharmonie and more. Ariana is a Park Lane Group Young Artist, as well as being the winner of the Making Music ‘Awards for Young Concert Artists’ (AYCA), a finalist in the Royal Overseas League competition, and 3rd prize winner in in the International Rubinstein competition held In Berlin. Ariana is also the recipient of the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Julius Isserlis Scholarship’ for instrumental studies abroad which allowed her to study for her masters at the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with professor Claudio Bohorquez. In Berlin she was chosen on two separate occasions to perform in the prestigious ‘Excellence concerts’ for exceptional students. Ariana is currently studying for an artist diploma with Professor Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Academy.

She began her studies with Robert Max at the junior department of the Royal Academy of music where she won all available prizes and later completed her bachelors of music with first class honours at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps as an Amaryllis Scholar. At the College she won the cello prize in her first year and was named an ‘RCM rising star’ after performing Prokofiev concertino with the RCM symphony orchestra.

Recently she has appeared as a soloist live on BBC radio 3 ‘In Tune’ performing a selection of works including excerpts from Poulenc’s Cello sonata and a premiere of a new solo cello work by British composer Deborah Pritchard which was composed and dedicated to her.

Ariana was chosen to participate in the London Symphony orchestra string scheme and after audition has been invited to participate on several tours with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Ariana frequently plays as a soloist with orchestras: this season included performances in London, Berlin and Estonia.

Ariana has also taken part in many festivals and courses including IMS Prussia Cove masterclass’ working intensively with Steven Isserlis, Kronberg Academy masterclasses with Gary Hoffman and Academia Chigiana with professor David Geringas where she was awarded the one available scholarship for an artist of exceptional promise.

Ariana is grateful for the support of Talent Unlimited.

Simone Alessandro Tavoni has been awarded a place on the BBC Pathway scheme during the 2015/2016 academic year. Through this, he has had the opportunity to rehearse and perform as an orchestral pianist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and some of these performances have been played by BBC Radio 3.

Simone has given solo recitals internationally, including in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Hungary, France, Spain, Malta and across Italy. He has featured as a soloist with the East London symphony orchestra, the Kensington Chamber Orchestra, the Ashod Symphony Orchestra and the Luigi Cherubini Symphony Orchestra of the Conservatory of Florence. Performance venues have included Liszt House (Budapest, Hungary), Florence Conservatory Concert Hall (Florence, Italy), the Royal Festival Hall, the Brunel university, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Regent Hall, St. James’ Piccadilly (London. U.K.), the Hausmusik of Aarhus and the Italian institute of culture in Copenhagen (Denmark). He has also performances in the En Blanc Et Noir Piano Festival in Lagrasse, France.

After graduating from the Giacomo Puccini Conservatoire in La Spezia when he was 18, where he studied the piano under Marco Podestà, he then moved to Florence to study at the Luigi Cherubini Conservatoire, continuing piano studies with Giuseppe Fricelli, and studying composition with Rosario Mirigliano. Simone won the opportunity to participate in an exchange programme, and went to study in Budapest on a scholarship at the Franz Liszt Academy with Kesckes Balazs, receiving lessons from Laszlo Baranyay, Andras Kemenes and undertaking masterclasses with Zoltan Kocsis and Malcolm Bilson.

In 2014, Simone moved to London to study on the Master of Performance programme at the Royal College of Music with Andrew Ball. Simone won a second exchange bursary in Autumn 2015, to study for one term at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany with Peter Nagy.

Simone has been generously supported by the Henry Wood Trust and by the Talent Unlimited organization. One of his most recent performances has been recorded by the Television “Canal du Sur” (Andalucia, Spain).

Maltese Soprano Nicola Said recently made her debut as Adina Elixir of Love with New Sussex Opera, Blondchen Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Warsaw Chamber Opera, Zerlina Don Giovanni with Teatru Manoel and Lucia Lucia di Lammermoor with Fulham Opera. Last summer, she made her Queen of the Night The Magic Flute debut with Charles Court Opera and worked with Grange Park Opera where she sang Hlas in Jenufa. Nicola has sung the role of Zerbinetta Ariadne auf Naxos with Opera Project at West Green House Opera. She studies with Yvonne Kenny and has recently completed the Guildhall School Opera Course where she performed the title role in Ariane, Lucia The Rape of Lucretia and Rosaura Le Donne Curiose. Other performed roles include Barbarina Le Nozze di Figaro, La Fée Cendrillon, and Olympia Les Contes d’Hoffman.

Nicola coaches with Juliette Bisazza in Malta and has studied at CSULB with Shigemi Matsumoto. A Talent Unlimited Young Artist, Peace and Prosperity Trust Young Artist, a Drake Calleja Trust Scholar, Samling Scholar, and a BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholar, Nicola has received support from the Walter Hyde Memorial Trust, London Syndicate, Malta Arts Scholarship, Ian Tomlin and Janatha Stubbs. She was nominated by Joseph Calleja, with whom she has performed in concert, to attend the Salzburg Mozarteum in summer 2014 where she won Second Prize in the Strauss Competition. Nicola won First Prize and Audience Prize for the Fulham Opera Robert Presley Memorial 2017.

Nicola has performed in St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Barbican Hall, and at the Royal Opera House as Echo in Laurence Osborne’s opera Narkissus and the Reflektions. Nicola has recorded and premiered works by Paul Carroll at Abbey Road Studios with the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra, has given recitals for HRH The Earl of Wessex in a Duke of Edinburgh event and at St. James’s Palace. She gave a recital with James Baillieu in the Three Palaces Festival, Barrandov Opera, and the President’s New Year’s Concert with Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Nicola is the Ambassador for the Malta Airport Foundation. Nicola will sing the lead Soprano in the first Maltese opera cycle Belt il-Bniedem - City of Humanity being composed and produced by Maltese composer Reuben Pace in November as part of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.

Timothy Adesina was born in Abeokuta, Nigeria and started music at a young age. He plays the piano, organ, recorder and violin. He worked as a pianist and organist at the Apostolic Faith Mission Nigeria where he performed in numerous concerts. He has composed several solo and chamber works which includes piano solos, duos for piano and violin, trumpet, flute and clarinet. He left his role as a pianist for the main church in Nigeria to pursue a career in music performance at London College of Music. He has participated in some piano competitions and won prizes. In 2010 he won the second prize in Musiquest competition in Lagos Nigeria, also in 2015, he won the 2nd prize in Mona Blackman piano competition at the London College of Music. In addition, he has performed both chamber music choral and solo works Nigeria and some European countries such as Italy, Ireland, wales and England. He has performed at various venues in the UK and outside of UK. He has given several piano recitals and performed chamber music in Milan, Dublin, Birmingham, Manchester, London, Wales and several states in Nigeria.

In January 2017, he concluded his performance studies (BMus) with first class honours at the London College of Music. In mid 2017, he also joined Talent Unlimited, and organisation that supports young musicians. He also received a part sponsorship from Talent Unlimited to further his music education. He is currently enrolled in a master’s degree programme in music performance at the London College of Music.

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St James's Church, Piccadilly
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