ARTISTIC DIRECTOR - YULIA CHAPLINA (PIANO)
Born in Rostov-on-Don (Russia), London-based Yulia gave her debut performance aged 7, performing Bach’s Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra. Since then, she has performed extensively in Europe and Asia. Since her first major competition win in Poland, aged 9, Yulia has won first prize in piano competitions in Paris, London, Andorra, Kiev, Kharkov and St. Petersburg. After winning the first prize and gold medal in the junior section of the Vth Tchaikovsky International Competition, Yulia performs regularly both in recital and with orchestras, in many of the world's finest venues, including Wigmore Hall in London, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Grand Halls of the Moscow Conservatory and the St. Petersburg Philharmonia, Bunka Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Main Hall of Busan’s Cultural Centre, Hiroshima’s Bunka Gakuen Hall, Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama and many other prestigious venues. Her recent engagements and tours have included orchestras such as the Russian Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Sinfonietta, Hiroshima Symphony Orchestra, Busan Philharmonic Orchestra, Moroccan National Orchestra and Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra. Yulia’s debut CD recording - of the solo piano works of Badarzewska – was made by King Records in Japan in 2007 and a subsequent documentary was made by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation (NHK). Yulia’s solo CD of Russian Music, recorded by Champs Hill Records, was released worldwide in May 2014. The American Record Guide described this as "....an outstanding disc and one I’ll return to often" and "at only 26 years, Russian born and trained Yulia Chaplina brings to her playing more than a lifetime of acquaintance with this music."Yulia studied in Rostov and Moscow with Naum Shtarkman before moving to Berlin in 2006 to study with Klaus Hellwig at the University of Arts in Berlin. She holds a Master of Music (MMus) degree from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied with Dmitri Alexeev. In 2013 Yulia was appointed the Mills Williams Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. In addition to her degrees, Yulia also was taught by Mstislav Rostropovitch, András Schiff, Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Badura-Skoda, and Liliya Zilberstein. Yulia has received awards from the Menuhin and Hindemith Foundations in Germany, Zetland Foundation in the UK and the Mstislav Rostropovitch Foundation in Russia. Yulia is a passionate piano teacher herself and regularly gives recitals and conducts master classes, often in international music festivals but also at the Royal College of Music and in UK schools.