#MiddayMusic presents Tamila Salimdjanova (piano) and Amarins Wierdsma (violin)

This week our Young Artists Tamila Salimdjanova (piano) and Amarins Wierdsma (violin) performed for #MiddayMusic. You can read our exclusive interviews with them and watch their videos below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch all our upcoming videos.  Details of their repertoire can be found in the details section on YouTube.  All of our #MiddayMusic videos can be watched on our exclusive playlist.  Next week you can look forward to performances from Madeleine Pickering (violin)  on Monday and Julia Hwang (violin) on Wednesday, both at midday.

Tamila Salimdjanova: A little Schubert to brighten your day 

Talented pianist, Tamila Salimdjanova, made her concerto debut at the age of nine with the National Symphony Orchestra of Uzbekistan. She has since won several major piano competitions, performed with world-renowned orchestras, aired live on radio and graduated from the RCM with a Bachelor of Music, Master of Performance and Artist Diploma. Tamila now studies at the University of the Arts Bern (Hochschule der Künst Bern) with Tomasz Herbut.

“Over the last few months I have been busy learning some new repertoire. I was also among six finalists of the Virtu(al)oso Cleveland Piano Competition.” The piano competition for artist relief saw thirty chosen pianists perform to a screening jury and global audience from five Steinway locations around the world.

“For my Musicians’ Company #MiddayMusic recording I chose to perform two Impromptus by Schubert. I hope the beauty of these pieces will make someone’s day a little lighter during this tough and uncertain time in the world”.

You can find out more about Tamila on her Musicians’ Company profile page.


Amarins Wierdsma: Keeping the music playing

Amarins Wierdsma is first violinist of the Barbican Quartet whose recent success on the competition circuit includes first prize at the 2019 Joseph Joachim Chamber Music Competition. In addition to spending lockdown baking, making pasta and diving into psychology, an interest she finally had time to explore, Amarins is working with the Barbican Quartet to learn new repertoire for future virtual and live events.

“Despite music-wise a lot of our concerts cancelling, I’ve had opportunities to perform online. Along with my Musicians’ Company #MiddayMusic virtual concert, I recently joined my downstairs neighbour, cellist Steven Isserlis, in a living room concert exclusively for Classic FM. I also gave an interview to The Strad.”

Our second violinist Christoph is currently staying in Vienna, but as lockdown eased, we were able to meet up in Vienna which was great. It was such a strange feeling getting back on a plane! In September we plan to perform in Florence, Italy and Regensburg, Germany. Our next online concert is on 1 October at St Mary’s Perivale, where we’ll livestream from an empty church.

For the #MiddayMusic series I chose J.S. Bach ‘Gavotte en Rondeau’ and the first movement of Ysaye’s second sonata for solo violin, ‘Obsession’. The two pieces highlight the juxtaposition of my state of mind during lockdown. Some days life felt completely chaotic and I would obsess over the future, and some days I was just able to let go and enjoy music and other things.”

To find out more about Amarins and the Barbican Quartet, visit amarinsmwierdsma.com and barbicanquartet.com