Kilian Scholla

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2021

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Piano

Location: Birmingham Conservatoire

Kilian Scholla grew up in Staßfurt (Germany) and started to play the piano when he was seven years old. Soon after, he commenced his musical education at the `Bela Bartok´ School of Music Saxony Anhalt with Irina Lackmann and Wolfgang Mader. In 2019 he graduated from University of Music and Theatre `Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy´ Leipzig with distinction where he studied piano under the tutelage of Prof. Dietmar Nawroth, chamber music with Prof. Hanns-Martin Schreiber as well as jazz piano with Jan Marek.

In 2018/19 he was an Erasmus student at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is currently completing a Master´s degree under Prof. Pascal Nemirovski and Victor Sangiorgio on full scholarship.

Kilian is 1st prize winner of numerous music competitions and made his debut with an orchestra with `Rhapsody in Blue´ by George Gershwin at the age of 15. Already as a pupil he got the chance to collaborate with the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie as a soloist playing works by W. A. Mozart, C. Saint-Saëns and G. Gershwin. Most recently he got the 1st prize in the Beryl Chempin Beethoven Competition at RBC and 3rd prize in the BPSE Intercollegiate Piano Competition.

Throughout his studies Kilian has participated in masterclasses with eminent pianists and professors such as Konrad Elser, Claudio Martinez-Mehner, Andrzej Jasiński, Sontraud Speidel, Jeanne Kierman, Wolfgang Manz and Phillip Kawin. Being also a keen chamber musician and accompanist, Kilian has gained important artistic insight and inspiration through his studies with Caspar Frantz and Alexander Schmalcz.

He has performed concerts in venues across Germany and beyond, recently giving his debut at the prestigious Gewandhaus in Leipzig (Germany) with Robert Schumann´s piano concerto op. 54 under the baton of Prof. Milko Kersten.

Kilian has been generously supported by numerous grants and scholarships, amongst others: the German National Scholarship Program (Deutschlandstipendium), the Beate-Graefe foundation, the Cusanuswerk and Help Musicians UK.

I am extraordinarily grateful for the generous support of Help Musicians UK. The Postgraduate Performance Award is an important aid in covering living expenses for the upcoming year at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In addition, funding from Help Musicians UK will support me significantly to afford travel expenses, application fees, the purchase of vital materials, expenses for accommodation as well as course fees.