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2 Mellerstain White Cottages
Scotland, TD3 6LG
United Kingdom

June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and Sten Heinoja (piano)

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Concerts take place at Mellerstain House, commencing at 7:30 unless otherwise stated. Tickets should be booked in advance since the Music Room has limited capacity.


June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and Sten Heinoja (piano)

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June 20 - Maria Gîlicel (violin) and Sten Heinoja (piano)

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This is our Midsummer Recital and we invite all concert goers this evening to canapés and Prosecco at 7pm before the performance.

Programme for June 20

W.A. Mozart - Sonata in E minor K.304

K. Penderecki - Cadenza for solo violin (1984)

C. Debussy - Sonata in G minor

- interval -

D. Shostakovich - 4 preludes for violin and piano (arr. Tsyganov)

C. Franck - Sonata in A Major

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Romanian violinist Maria Gîlicel gained her first professional degree at the Conservatorio de Música in Madrid where she studied under Professor Farid Fasla and was awarded the prize for Outstanding Musician for her final degree recital. She moved to London in 2013 to study at the RCM where graduated with a First Class Honours BA degree in 2017. She is currently is studying for her Master in Performance there under Maciej Rakowski.

Maria made her debut at the National Auditorium Madrid performing Sarasate’s ‘Carmen Fantasy’ and has since performed at many prestigious venues, including Wigmore Hall, Buckingham Palace, Royal Festival Hall, St. John’s Smith Square, Museo Sartorio Trieste, and the Romanian Cultural Institute. Whilst at the RCM she has had the opportunity to play solos with the Chamber Orchestra as well as playing with the RCM orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall under Vladimir Ashkenazy. She was selected to tour with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe Academy.

Maria enjoys performing contemporary music and premiered Bertram Wee’s piece Lionheart for the Fruit for the Apocalypse’ Emerging Artists Programme in collaboration with art students from the Central Saint Martins. She is a Soiree d’Or Scholar supported by the Henry Wood Accommodation Trust and from the Stephen Bell Trust. She plays on a Giovanni Francesco Pressenda instrument made in Turin in 1843, kindly on loan from the RCM.


Sten Heinoja is one of the most promising young artists of his generation

He started his musical studies in the Tallinn Music High School under the tuition of Marju Roots. He then continued his studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theater with prof. Ivari Ilja where he gained his Bachelor degree in 2015 with summa cum laude and started his Masters degree at the Royal College of Music London under full scholarship with prof. Vanessa Latarche.

Sten has successfully performed at several competitions in Estonia, as well as abroad. In 2014, Sten won the 8thEstonian Piano Competition, the previous laureates of which include currently some of the most renowned pianists in Estonia: Lauri Väinmaa, Ivari Ilja, Mati Mikalai, Age Juurikas, and many others. In addition, Sten was awarded a special prize by the Estonian Composers’ Union at the same competition for the best performance of a new piece, as well as a prize by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, a special prize by the Estonian Piano Teachers’ Association, and the Helmi Valtman and Lilian Semper scholarships.

In the spring of 2016, Sten won the large competition “Klassikatähed 2016” organised by Eesti Kontsert, Klassikaraadio and Estonian Public Broadcasting, similar to BBC Young Musician.

In 2018 he won the Kendall Taylor Beethoven competition held in London

Sten has preformed in many countries including most of European countries and regularly returns to US, China, Israel, India, Canada and Turkey.

In March 2018 Sten was selected to participate in a prestigious piano competition Honens 2018 in New York and Calgary.

Sten performs regularly in Estonia as well, as part of different chamber groups, as a soloist, and as an accompanist. In March 2015, Sten and violinist Linda-Anette Suss, as part of a chamber group, were granted the laureate diploma at the In Corpore competition. The duo was also awarded a prize by Eesti Raadio and a special prize for the best performance of a classicistic piece. In addition to the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Sten has also performed as a soloist in front of the symphony orchestra of the Tallinn Music High School and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Järvi Academy Youth Orchestra, Tel Aviv Opera Orchestra, Moscow State Chamber orchestra, FLSO, Kymi Sinfonietta, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra etc. In recent years, Sten has improved himself in several piano masterclasses with Professor Vanessa Latarche, Professor Claudio Trovajoli, Professor Eteri Anjaparidze, Docent Lauri Väinmaa, etc. Sten has collaborated with conductors such as Mihhail Gerts, Paul Mägi, James Feddeck, Olari Elts, Risto Joost, Alexei Izmirliev, Eimear Noone, etc.