'AntiƧtatika' Chamber Music Series: Mikhail Shilyaev & Nardus Williams

AntiƧtatika Chamber Music Series is proud to present the brilliant young soprano Nardus Williams, the first voice winner of the prestigious Trinity Laban Award at King's Place, with the critically acclaimed pianist Mikhail Shilyaev.

In tonight's programme:

Purcell: Sweeter than roses and other songs.

Two Grounds in C minor (Mikhail Shilyaev solo).

Britten: On this Island, Op. 11. A setting of 5 poems by W H Auden

Schubert: Der Zwerg Op. 22, No. 1, D. 771.

Gretchen am Spinnrade op. 2 D. 118

Impromptu Op. 90, No. 2 (Mikhail Shilyaev solo)

Mahler: 5 Rückert-Lieder

Doors open: 6.30pm; recital: 7pm. Drinks will be served following the recital.

AntiƧtatika chamber music series was created in February 2015 by the pianist Anastaysa Terenkova in collaboration with Pushkin House.

Nardus Williams is a young soprano who earlier this year won the Trinity Laban Gold Medal Competition at King’s Place, becoming the first singer ever to win the award. During her time at Trinity, her principal teacher was David Thomas; she was also mentored by Matthew Rose. Nardus will be a Park Lane Group Artist for the 2015/16 season, with recitals scheduled at St John’s Smith Square. She is also a Samling Scholar for the same season. Recent performances include Nitocris in Handel’s Belshazzar under Nicholas Kraemer and Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Kingfisher Sinfonia under Elgar Howarth in Aldeburgh. She is currently studying on the Postgraduate course at the Royal Academy of Music with Lillian Watson, and is generously supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust, The Helen Roll Charity, The Winship Foundation, and a Help Musicians UK Maidment Award.

Born in Russia, Mikhail Shilyaev started piano at six, winning several competitions at a young age.  He is a graduate of Moscow Conservatoire where he studied with Olga Zhukova, Eliso Virsaladze and Mikhail Lidsky. Further studies included Munich Hochschule with Franz Massinger; Royal Northern College of Music with Mark Ray, Nelson Goerner and Alexander Melnikov; Trinity Laban Conservatoire in London with Deniz Gelenbe. Supported by many awards, Mikhail is a prizewinner of many competitions, including the last Vianna da Motta Piano Competition in Lisbon.

Mikhail has played throughout Europe in venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Birmingham Symphony Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire and the Gulbenkian in Lisbon. He has performed as soloist with the London Soloist Chamber Orchestra, the London Musical Arts Orchestra and the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra among others.