Monthly Members' Evening 5

We are happy to announce the fourth of our monthly Members’ Evenings. We plan to make these Members’ Evenings a regular fixture in the Club calendar. They will take place on the first Monday of every month and will incorporate an interesting event, followed by a buffet with wine. Members will be able to get together in a relaxed atmosphere. At the moment we are very fortunate in being able to offer the ‘Musical Moments’ series of concerts to start those evenings. The ‘Musical Moments’ concerts have been made possible by the very kind cooperation of The Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. We are very privileged in being able to present these young, highly talented musicians who are already making their mark in the music world. This month high coloratura soprano Laura Monaghan will be accompanied by Mikhail Shilyaev on piano.

Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami

A feature of the Members' Evening will be the art project Haiku Prelude – Haiku Kami by Carolina Khouri. The exhibition of the project, which is dedicated to the victims of the Great East Tohoku Earthquake 2011, will mark a 3rd anniversary of these tragic events.

Herman Van Rompuy


Laura Monaghan

High coloratura soprano, Laura Monaghan, is currently studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Linda Hirst and Robert Aldwinkle, where she is the Draper’s de Turckheim scholar for 2013/14. Last year Laura was an intern chorister at English National Opera, and she has performed recently at St Martin-within-Ludgate, the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, St Andrew-by-the-wardrobe, Southwark Cathedral and Blackheath Halls. In August she created the role of Maid in Gala, a new opera by Ergo Phizmiz at Tête à Tête: The Opera Festival.

Laura Monaghan 1A

Rôles for Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance include Miss Wordsworth, Mlle. Silberklang and Susanna, along with the Soprano Solo rôle in Simone Spagnolo’s new opera, It Makes No Difference. In April Laura will perform scenes as Adina from L’Elisir d’Amore at Canada Water Culture Space. Other future engagements include concerts with Eugene Asti and Gerry Cornelius, Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet at Pushkin Hall and solo recitals at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel, and Drapers’ Hall.


Mikhail Shilyaev

Mikhail Shilyaev, currently a Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, was born in 1979 in Izhevsk, Russia. He started learning the piano at the age of six and won several regional piano competitions at a young age. In 1992 he entered the Central Music School of the Moscow Conservatoire and in 1998 became a full-time student at the Moscow State Conservatoire, where he studied with Olga Zhukova, Elisso Virsaladze and Mikhail Lidsky. In October 2003 he gained a DAAD scholarship which enabled him to study at the Munich Hochschule with Franz Massinger. Mikhail is the prize-winner of many competitions, and has been supported in his studies by many awards. In 2005 he won both second prize in the Ibiza International Piano Competition and first prize in the Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition organized by the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe. In July 2006 he won second prize in the Amy Brant Piano Competition in Birmingham. He has also been awarded the Myra Hess Award from the Musicians' Benevolent Fund, the 2006 Ricci Foundation Award and the 2006 Maisie Lewis Award.

He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe and in 2005-7 Mikhail studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Mark Ray, Alexander Melnikov and Nelson Goerner. He gave his Wigmore Hall debut recital in March 2007. Mikhail has participated in masterclasses given by András Schiff, Charles Rosen, Stephen Hough, Barry Douglas and Stefano Fiuzzi and in Summer 2007 he took part in the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme. As a soloist with orchestra, he has recently performed with the London Soloists Chamber Orchestra, with the RNCM Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of Trinity Laban and the Gulbenkian Symphony Orchestra.

In July 2008 Mikhail appeared as a soloist at the Bridgewater Hall in Messiaen's Turangalila Symphony with the RNCM Symphony Orchestra under Pascal Rophé. In 2008-2010 Mikhail was an appointed Junior Fellow in Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music. In 2009 Mikhail received a Golubovich Scholarship at Trinity Laban where he was worked on his Master degree with Professor Deniz Gelenbe. In July 2010 Mikhail won the Bronze Medal at the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Piano Competition in Lisbon. In 2012 Mikhail has released a premiere recording of piano pieces by Alexander Tcherepnin on Toccata Classics.


Programme to include Richard Strauss’ Six songs, Op 68, and Oliver Knussen’s Whitman Settings

Date: 07 April 2014

Time: 7:00 p.m. for 7:30 p.m.

Member Ticket Price: £12 including concert, buffet and wine.

Non-member Ticket Price: £15 including concert, buffet and wine.

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