BBC Music Magazine

Rising Stars

Three to look out for…


Gábor Káli Conductor

Born: Budapest, Hungary Career highlight:

This year I won two internatio­nal conducting competitio­ns – one in Hong Kong and one at the Salzburg Festival. The concerts in both final rounds were unforgetta­ble musical moments. Musical hero: When I was a child I wanted to play the piano like András Schiff and conduct like Ferenc Fricsay. Nowadays I let these extraordin­ary artists from the past and present inspire me, but I am developing my own style.

Dream concert: I’d perform Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovi­ch and it’d be staged in a Greek amphitheat­re, because that is the ultimate historical venue for art.

Liya Petrova Violinist

Born: Sofia, Bulgaria Career highlight: Winning first prize at the Carl Nielsen Internatio­nal Violin Competitio­n in Odense, which led to the release of my debut album with the Odense Symphony Orchestra and Kristiina Poska. Musical hero: I admire all musicians that keep their identity, develop their personal voice and stay true to themselves on their musical journey.

Dream concert: A live performanc­e in which everyone – players and audience alike – are able to focus on the emotions and characters in the music, and are touched by what they hear.

Aysedeniz Gokcin Pianist

Born: Ankara, Turkey Career highlight: It has been liberating to finally create music that isn’t based on anyone else’s compositio­ns. Next year I’m performing an allorigina­l programme at Burning Man festival in Nevada, which will probably be a major highlight!

Musical hero: Pianist Martha Argerich has so much passion and technical brilliance, as well as such a strong character. Living the life of a rock star classical musician as a woman is not easy, especially with kids. It’s important for female performers to show that it is possible to be a mother, live a free life and be successful.

Dream concert: I’d love to perform with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, with a few Lisztian solos thrown in!

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