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Sunday 14 Nov 2021

3:00 pm • £15

Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

Jamal Aliyev


Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

Maksim Štšura


Music by Say, Tchaikovsky, Lutoslawski, Schubert, Ysaÿe & Paganini

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Fazil Say (1970-...)


Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)

Pezzo capriccioso

— Interval —

Witold Lutoslawski (1913-1994)

Sacher Variations

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Arpeggione Sonata

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)

Solo Sonata, 1st mov.

Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

Moses Variations


£15 in advance, or pay on the door. Cards accepted.

Children 16 and under admitted free with accompanying adult. Students £3 (with ID card).

Amounts indicated are a suggested donation for cash at the door. If you are a tax payer a Gift Aid declaration would be appreciated.

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Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Guildford House

155 High Street

GU1 3AJ.

Tel: 01483 444 333

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All our concerts are held in the church at 83 Portsmouth Road.

The main entrance to the free parking is in Millmead Terrace which is accessed from Bury Fields at the end of Lawn Road.


Jamal Aliyev

Jamal was a prize winner at the 2019 Concert Artists Guild International Auditions in New York and the 2017 Young Classical Artists Trust International Auditions in London.

In 2017 he made his solo debut at the 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 critical acclaim.

Jamal has performed widely internationally, highlights including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (broadcast by Radio 3), the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra in Turkey, Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar in Venezuela and Tomsk Philharmonia at the Trans-Siberian Festival. In 2021 he was featured as one of Classic FM’s ‘30 of the most brilliant young classical musicians playing today’.

This season Jamal records with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Howard Griffiths (under the auspices of the Orpheum Stifftung) and with celebrated Turkish pianist and composer Fazil Say. He makes his USA debut with recitals at Merkin Concert Hall (NY), The Weiss Center at Bucknell University Pennsylvania and the Macon Concert Association, and appears as soloist with the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.

Hugely popular in Turkey, he returns to give recitals with Fazil Say, and to perform concertos by Haydn and Shostakovich with the Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Eskisehir and Mersin Symphony Orchestras. He greatly values the opportunity to collaborate with local musicians, promoting this work through the online release of traditional folk and classical music performances.

On the concert platform Jamal has given recitals and taken part in chamber music at venues including Wigmore Hall, the Menuhin, Istanbul, Kronberg, Istanbul and Enescu Festivals, the Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow) and the Arts Parliament House (Singapore). Solo appearances include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Kennemer Jeugd Orkest in Holland and Bilkent Symphony, among many others.

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, Jamal studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and at the Royal College of Music with Thomas Carroll, where he completed his Masters.

Prizes and awards include the 2016 Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition, an honourable mention at the Pablo Casals Competition in France and 2nd Prize at the 2019 Windsor Festival Competition. He received a Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize in 2017.

Jamal plays a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on loan from a private individual


The tender cello solo from Jamal Aliyev in Memoirs of a Geisha is in my ear still.
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph / BBC Proms / July 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

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

… countless little touches of imaginative colour… whirling and shimmering… Thought-provoking.
Gramophone, April 2017

Maksim Štšura

Maksim Štšura is an Estonian pianist, composer and music scholar based in London. He performs extensively as soloist and chamber musician in the prestigious concert halls across the United Kingdom, including St Martin-in-the-Fields, Purcell Room and the Wigmore Hall.

He received his Master of Music degree from the Royal College of Music in 2013, studying under Gordon Fergus-Thompson and has also completed the prestigious Artist Diploma course with him in 2014. He previously graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre where he studied with Ivari Ilja. In 2008-09, he participated in an Erasmus exchange at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, where he worked with Volker Banfield. His Masters studies were generously supported by a Somers-Mountfort scholarship, the AHRC Study Award, the Estonian Capital of Culture Study Award and the Kristjan Jaak Scholarship. Maksim was a Mills Williams Junior Fellow for 2013-14. In 2014 Maksim has started his Doctoral course at the RCM where he is a Doctoral Bursary Holder supported by a Neville Wathen Award, Estonian Capital of Culture and Mr Nigel Woolner MBE. His research is focused on the piano transcriptions of the contemporary orchestral scores.

Maksim has performed in masterclasses with musicians including Dmitry Bashkirov, Stephen Hough, John Lill, Barry Douglas, Nina Seryogina, Veera Gornostayeva, Daniel Pollack, Tamas Ungar and Eliso Virsaladze.

He has won prizes in several international competitions, including First Prizes at the 7th Estonian Piano Competition (2008), the Steinway-Klavierspiel-Wettbewerb in Germany (2004), the International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in Estonia (2000) and other awards including Third Prize at the International ‘Young Musician’ Competition in Estonia (2002) and the Laureate Prize at the International Jevgeny Mravinski Competition in Russia (2001). Additionally, Maksim was awarded both a Yamaha (2008) and a Helmi Valtman (2010) scholarship. In 2013 Maksim the First Prize at the Intercollegiate Beethoven Piano Competition.