Gunel Mirzayeva, born in Baku, Azerbaijan began studying piano at the Bul-Bul School of Music with Tatyana Ryabuha and later with Yuri Sabayev. She completed a Bachelor of Music in Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Ronan’Ohora followed by Master’s degree in Music and Music Business Management in the University of Westminster.
Gunel has performed extensively throughout the UK and Europe. Notable performances include concerts in the UK House of Commons, The Yehudi Menuhin School, St. Martins in The Field and Barbican Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (which were broadcast live on Dutch National Radio 4 ), Steinfurter Bagno Concert Hall in Germany. Gunel had a concerto opportunities with the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra in Stadhalle Wuppertal, Germany and Azerbaijani State Symphony Orchestra in Baku, Azerbaijan. Gunel has also performed at the music festivals such as “Les Cabardieses de Pennautier” and “Fete Musicale de la Foret” in France, “Brahms Woche” and “Oldenburger Promenade” in Germany.
Gunel won 1st prize in the 2005 All Republic Competition in Azerbaijan. In 2008, she won 1st prize and the Audience Prize at the International Piano Competition for Young Musicians in Enschede, Netherlands. In 2009 she won 2ndprize at the Sheepdrove Piano Competition in Berkshire, UK.
Recently Gunel took part in Lucerne Academy’s masterclasses with Prof. Robert Levin. Gunel also participated in masterclasses with Dominique Merlet, Paul Lewis,Victor Rosenbaum, Imogen Cooper, Charles Owen, John O’Connor, Ivaru Ilja, Richard Goode and Olli Mustonen.
Gunel has been a recipient of scholarships and grateful for the financial support from City of London Corporation Trust, Guildhall School Trust, Music Students’ Hostel Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Anglo-Azeri Society Trust, The European Azerbaijani Sociey. During her studies Gunel also gratefully received music awards such as The Else and Leonard Cross Award, James Gibb Award, Alec Beecheno Bursary and the Kathleen Higginson Piano Prize.
In 2015 Gunel has got accepted on the Doctorate of Music programme at Guildhall School where she is currently studying with Professor Ronan O’Hora. Her supervisors are: Dr. Cormac Newark, Dr. Claire Taylor-Jay and Dr. Razia Sultanova. The title of her research is “ Piano Music of Azerbaijan: the evolution of style in the 20th century”.
Gunel has a particular interest in the music of J.S. Bach, which she intends to specialize in. Please visit herYouTube Channel where she started to share her performance of Bach’s keyboard works and Azerbaijani Piano repertoire.
Ljubica Stojanovic is a 26 year old pianist from Serbia. Described as a leading pianist from the younger generation of this country, Ljubica started to play the piano at the age of 6 and soon after she was giving her first solo recitals. Currently, Ljubica lives in London where she will graduate master studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Caroline Palmer. Her studies are generously funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s fund.
Ljubica was the 1st prize-winner of over 20 national and international competitions including: "Windsor International Piano Competition 2015" in Windsor, "Grand Prix" International competition for young pianists in Geneva, National competition of Republic of Serbia in Belgrade, Competition of Young Yugoslavian pianists. She also won 2nd prize at the ‘5th Memorial Isidor Bajic’ in Novi Sad in Serbia.
Ljubica has played in over 400 concerts, all over Serbia as well as in Switzerland, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, England, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, among others, in such concert halls as: Royal Festival Hall, Barbican Hall, Wigmore Hall, St. James's Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, Mozarteum University Hall in Salzburg, Philharmonia Hall in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Thonex hall in Geneva, Kolarac Hall in Serbia.
Ljubica collaborated with the ‘Witold Lutoslawski’ Philharmonia from Wroclav, Serbian ‘Radio Television Orchestra’ , National Symphony Orchestra- Belgrade. In 2015, Ljubica became an artist for the Concordia Foundation in London and for KNS Classical record label in Spain. In 2017 she became artist for Blüthner centre, also in London.
She has attended many masterclasses, receiving tuition from Prof. Robert Levin,, Prof. Dominique Merlet, Prof. Arie Vardi, Prof. Gotlib Walisch, Prof. Hatto Beyerle. Ljubica is a very active musician who performs regularly as a soloist as well as with different chamber ensembles across Europe.