Biography

In 2019, Jamal made his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the St. Magnus Festival broadcast by Radio 3. Over the last season, Jamal has appeared as soloist with the City of Birmingham Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, London Mozart Players, CBSO Youth Orchestra, Istanbul Symphony, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey and the Symphony Orchestra Simón Bolívar of Venezuela.

He took part in the Istanbul Music Festival and gave recitals across Turkey with renowned pianist Fazil Say including the Ataturk Culture & Congress Center and TIM Maslak Show Center.

Highlights this season include performances of the Elgar Concerto with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Tomsk Philharmonia, the latter as part of  the Trans-Siberian Festival.  He gives recitals throughout the UK including Wigmore Hall and Saffron Hall, and records with Fazil Say.

In 2017 Jamal made his BBC Proms debut and won the Arts Club – Sir Karl Jenkins Music Award. His debut CD Russian Masters was released by Champs Hill Records to critical acclaim.  He was selected by Young Classical Artists Trust in 2017 and Concerts Artists Guild in New York in 2019.

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.  He is currently undertaking an Artist Diploma at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

He has performed widely in Europe and further afield including the Menuhin, Kronberg and Enescu Festivals, the Atheneum (Bucharest), Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow) and the Arts Parliament House (Singapore).  In 2015 he was selected as one of the first BBC Introducing Classical Artists, regularly appearing on BBC Radio 3 In Tune and with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  Solo highlights include the Bilkent Symphony and Kennemer Jeugd Orkest, Eskisehir Symphony and Orpheus Sinfonia.

During his studies he won numerous awards including the 2016 Kronberg Academy Award at the Enescu Competition, an honourable mention at the Pablo Casals Competition in France, 2nd Prize at the 2019 Windsor Festival Competition and 1st Prize at the Eastbourne, Croydon, Bromsgrove and Murel Taylor Competitions.  He received a Musicians’ Company Prince’s Prize in 2017.

Jamal plays a Giovanni Battista Gabrielli cello (1756) on generous loan from a private individual through the Beare’s International Violin Society.

He is grateful for support from the Neville Wathen Scholarship, Amaryllis Fleming Award, Munster Trust, Drake Calleja Trust, Karl Motesiczky and Cagdas Egitim Vakfi  (CEV Sanat) sponsored by Finansbank.

Video

  • See video Paganini - Variations, Wigmore Hall

    Paganini - Variations, Wigmore Hall

  • See video  Sayuri’s Theme, Memoirs of a Geisha - BBC Proms

    Sayuri’s Theme, Memoirs of a Geisha - BBC Proms

  • See video  Dvořák, Cello Concerto, Royal College of Music

    Dvořák, Cello Concerto, Royal College of Music

Press

  • Quotes

    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