Following recent auditions in London and Manchester, the Kirckman Concert Society announces the list of Kirckman Young Artists for 2019-20, who will be awarded London recitals during that season. They are pianists Maxim Kinasov and Roman Kosyakov, the Mithras Trio and the Myriad Quartet.

Maxim Kinasov is currently studying with Ashley Wass on the Master of Music course at the Royal Northern College of Music. A winner of top prizes at national and international competitions, Maxim recently won Second Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the 2019 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, and last year won the Royal Northern College of Music’s Gold Medal. He previously studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Maxim has been a soloist of the St Petersburg House of Music since 2012 and has performed in prestigious venues across Russia, Italy, UK, Brazil and the USA. He has appeared on Italian TV as well as BBC Radio 3.

Roman Kosyakov graduated from the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow in 2017 and now studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire on a full scholarship. He is a laureate and a winner of many national and international competitions, including First Prize and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Prize at the 2018 Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition. He regularly gives concerts in France, Italy, Germany, Belarus, Russia, UK and the US, and was guest soloist of the Kemerovsky State Symphony Orchestra from 2014 to 2017. In January 2019 Roman was awarded The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Silver Medal by the Musician’s Company and became a member of Musician’s Company Yeomen Young Artists’ Programme.

Formed of current postgraduate students at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Mithras Trio - Ionel Manciu (violin), Leo Popplewell (cello) and Dominic Degavino (piano) - came together in 2017. In 2018 the Trio won First Prize in the St James Chamber Music Competition and Second Prize at the inaugural Intercollegiate Piano Trio Competition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. The Trio has appeared at the Lake District Summer Music Festival, Guildhall Chamber Music Festival and Highgate International Chamber Music Festival, and looks forward to two concerts in the Lake District this year, in addition to its début at the Leeds International Concert Season. Passionate exponents of contemporary music, the Mithras Trio recently gave the world première of a new piece dedicated to them by Péter Tornyai at the Solti Hall in Budapest.

The Myriad Quartet - Emily Nebel, Greta Mutlu (violins), Francesca Gilbert (viola) and Peteris Sokolovskis (cello) - was founded in 2018 by four musicians from around the world, now based in London. Brought together by a shared passion for the string quartet repertoire, the Quartet represents the culmination of the individual members’ experience performing chamber music, ranging from the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, Domaine Forget, La Rioja Chamber Music Festival, and collaborations with members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, London Haydn, Takacs and Belcea quartets. In the short time since their formation, the Quartet has established a performing schedule both at home and abroad. They have worked with members of the Chilingirian and Endellion quartets and are currently participating in the ChamberStudio masterclass series at Kings Place.

Kirckman Concert Society Artistic Director Andrew West writes: “We are delighted to announce the new list of Kirckman Artists for 2019-20, which features two exceptional pianists and two outstanding chamber ensembles. We look forward to presenting them in recitals in London in the coming season. This year, for the first time, we were able to hold auditions in Manchester as well as in London, which offered an opportunity to many young musicians for whom the journey to London is difficult in terms of time or expense, and we plan to continue this initiative with auditions outside London in the future.”

Details of the 2019-20 season will be announced in the near future; meanwhile the remaining concerts in the current Kirckman Young Artists Series at St John's Smith Square feature pianists Florian Mitrea (10 April), Yehuda Inbar (2 May) and the flute/viola/harp Trio Anima (20 June).


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