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Aliya Vodo

Aliya Vodo was born into a musical family. She began her musical piano education with her mother when she was 5 years old and was accepted to the Music Department at Bilkent Adnan Saygun Music School, Ankara, Turkey.

She won her first prize in an international music competition called ‘Blue Bird’in the Crimea at the age of ten. In the same year, she participated in a concert accompanied by the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alfred Mishurin, and the Tekfen Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Saim Akchil. In 2002, the famous Russian state musician, flautist and professor at the P.I.Tchaikovsky State Conservatory, Yuri Doljikov, invited her to study in Moscow after hearing her play. In 2003, she began her education at the Moscow Gnessin Music School for talented musicians. She played at the Kremlin as a grant aided student of the Vladimir Spivakov Charity Foundation. Aliya, who studied under Maria Chepurina for six years at the Gnessin Music School, entered the Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky State Conservatory in 2010, where she studied under Professor Alexander Golishev. She graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Consevatory with an honours diploma in June 2015, and was accepted to study for a Master degree at the Hohshule für Music ‘Hanns Eisler’, Berlin, under Professor Benoit Fromanger. In the same year, 2015, Aliya won first prize at the International Music Competition ‘Sforzando’ (Russia).

During her education there, she performed at many important festivals; the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) in 2017 and 2018, the Santander Music Festival (Spain) in 2017, and the International Zermatt Music Festival and Academy (Switzerland) in 2018. She also performed at important concert halls, such as the Moscow International Music House (Svetlanovsky Hall), the Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory Great Hall, Small Hall and Rachmaninov Hall, and the Moscow Philarmony and Petergoff Palace (St Petersburg), as well as others. In addition to many cities in Russia, she has performed concerts in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Poland, China, Japan, South Africa and Turkey. At these concerts she has played both as a soloist and as part of an orchestra; for example, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Valeri Gergiyev. Aliya also played as a soloist at the world premier of the first Flute Concerto composed by R.Kalimullin (P.I.Tchaikovsky Great Hall, 2011).

In 2017, Aliya auditioned, and was successful, for a place in the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. As a result, she was offered and accepted a position to play for this orchestra.

Aliya took part in a CD recording of the ‘Childrens Album’ by P.I.Tchaikovsky with the Hermitage Chamber Orchestra. She also participated in a recording of J.S. Bach No.2. Suite for flute with the Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Hilarion Alfeyev. In addition, she also joined a Master Class with well-known flautists, such as James Galway, Andreas Blau, Denis Bouriakov, Philippe Bernold, Andrea Liberkneht, Davide Formisano and Eckart Haupt.

Aliya speaks five languages; Russian, English, French, German and Turkish.

Currently, Aliya Vodo is studying in Europe thanks to a presidential stipend from President Rustam Minnikhanov of Tatarstan.