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"'We were treated to wonderful performances by Yulia Chaplina and Jonathan Deakin....''

The Flavel Blog

Yulia Chaplina and Jonathan Deakin are a well-established piano British Duo and have been playing together for nearly a decade. The duo is known for its fresh approach to classical music concerts, combining carefully curated classical and contemporary programmes with narration about the works in the programme. They are passionate about promoting new British composers and have performed several specially commissioned pieces including the world premiere of Three Caprices by Phil Watson.

Highlights of the 2017 - 2018 season included piano duo recitals in the UK, Germany, France and Italy. In August 2019 the duo make their Russian debut at the Rachmaninov Hall of the Moscow's Conservatoire in addition to performances in the UK, France and Germany.

Jonathan Deakin was awarded a major scholarship to study with David Strange and Colin Carr at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with distinction, and the DipRAM award. He completed his studies in Berlin with Hans-Jakob Eschenburg. Chamber music performances have included recitals at the Wigmore Hall, the Holywell Music Room, Oxford, St. James’s, Piccadilly and on BBC Radio 3 as well as in Amsterdam, Berlin and Vienna.

As a founding member of the London-based chamber orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, he appeared at the Aldeburgh Festival, the Al-Bustan Festival in Beirut, Lebanon and with Sir Thomas Allen and Malcolm Martineau at the Wigmore Hall as well at the BBC Proms. In addition to regular performances with Aurora, he has performed with many of the major London orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia, English National Opera, Oslo Opera and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Jonathan has performed as both a cellist and pianist on BBC Radio 3, at the Purcell Room and at the Cheltenham International Festival.

Solo performances with orchestra include the concertos of Dvorak, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Elgar (for BBC television), Saint-Saens and Wigglesworth (in the 2008 Aldeburgh Festival), with conductors incl. Robin Ticciati, David Hill, Clio Gould, Roger Coull.

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