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Aliya Turetayeva

31-year-old pianist from Germany performs Robert Schumann – Sonata Op. 22, 1st movement.

About the artist

Aliya Turetayeva was born in 1986 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and received her first piano lesson at the tender age of five. She was soon accepted into a special music school for gifted children in Almaty, and during her first year of studies there, she gave her debut performances, both as a recitalist and as a soloist with orchestra.

During her early education, she performed at many festivals, and participated in masterclasses including those given by V. Krainev, Y. Slesarev and Y. Airapetyan. She appeared on several occasions as a soloist with the Chamber Orchestra and State Symphony Orchestra at the State Philharmonia in Almaty and at the Kazakh Concert Hall.

After graduating from the specialized music school, Aliya was accepted into the Dresden University of Music at the age of 16. Two years later, she moved to Cologne and continued her studies at the Hochschule fuer Musik und Tanz Köln as a student of Professor Pavel Gililov. She was awarded her Masters degree in 2010.

During this time, Aliya played at many festivals, including the Dresden Music Festival, Ruhr Piano Festival, European Classical Festival Ruhr, International Holland Music Sessions, Festival Pianistico di Spoleto, among others. She also performed at many prestigious venues such as the Steinway-Haus in Düsseldorf, WDR Funkhaus Kleiner Sendesaal, Bechstein Centre Cologne as part of the Young Professional Series, Alexander Girardi Hall during the Academy Artists Series at Dino Ciani Festival (Italy), St. Martin-in-the-Fields London UK, to name a few.

Aliya was a prizewinner at the International Piano Competition for Young Pianists V. Krainev, at the International Piano Competition in Almaty, at the London ”Grand Prize Virtuoso” International Competition and at the Feurich International Piano Competition in Vienna Austria. She was also awarded the Meissen Rotary Club Award at the Meissen International Music Academy, Beethoven Piano Master Best Participant Award, and more. She has worked with many celebrated musicians including D. Bashkirov, M. Voskresensky, A. Jashinski, W. Manz, G. Wallisch, V. Krainev, S. Mikowsky, and others.

As well as her work as a soloist, Aliya is a dedicated chamber musician. She recently
recorded chamber music works by G. Crumb and A. Schnittke for WDR Radio Cologne. She was recently supported through scholarships, kindly donated by the London Masterclasses and Playing for Gold International Summer Academy in Norway. Her first debut album ”Robert Schumann-Fantasien” will be released on Italian label Sheva Collection in 2019.

Aliya completed her Konzertexamen postgraduate studies at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg under the tutelage of Professor Gililov with the highest mark and has continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium. She has additionally studied with Professor Norma Fisher and Professor Ronan O’Hora in London.

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