RNCM announces 2019 International Artist Diploma artists

Richard Allen, Mariya Irel and Yuliya Shkvarko

Richard Allen, Mariya Irel and Yuliya Shkvarko

The Royal Northern College of Music has announced six performers chosen to undertake their RNCM International Artist Diploma for 2019.

Commencing in September, harpist Richard Allen, sopranos Mariya Irel and Yuliya Shkvarko, pianist Maxim Kinasov, percussionist André Nadais and violist Lilya Tymchyshyn will spend one year studying for the prestigious qualification, intended for artists on the cusp of international careers.

Through intensive tuition and specialist classes, the selected artists will receive advanced musical training to the highest level in performance, honing their artistic, technical, presentation and communication skills. They will also expand their recital, concerto and operatic repertory and benefit from exciting opportunities both at the College and externally.

Dr David Horne, Head of the RNCM Graduate School, said:

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome such a high calibre of performers onto the 2019/20 International Artist Diploma programme. Singers will be given major roles in the College’s opera productions and instrumentalists will perform concertos with the internationally-renowned BBC Philharmonic. All the soloists will give recitals throughout the year in the College’s programme of public concerts.’


Richard Allen - harpist

Mariya Irel - soprano

Yuliya Shkvarko - soprano

Maxim Kinasov - pianist

André Nadais - percussionist

Lilya Tymchyshyn - violist

Maxim Kinasov, André Nadais and Lilya Tymchyshyn

Maxim Kinasov, André Nadais and Lilya Tymchyshyn

David Taylor