MAHALIAH

find out more about her as a freelance musician

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Mahaliah is a violinist, educator, trainee broadcaster and board member based in Surrey, UK. A versatile musician, she has performed in diverse venues from the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre to Winchester Cathedral, Cecil Sharp House, Wembley Arena and at various festivals. She attributes her versatility to her formal training at both the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and the Purcell School for Young Musicians and also her upbringing in a musically vibrant pentecostal church. 

Mahaliah is a founder member of the Dunev Quartet, a string quartet based in Birmingham and enjoys a varied career of freelance performing, education work and consultancy. In the commercial industry, she has appeared with artists such as Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Adele, Heather Small and Lea Salonga. Mahaliah has performed and collaborated with  British Composer Errollyn Wallen, Grammy Award-winning percussionist Lekan Babalola and Haitian-American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Germa Adan. For three years she was a violinist in Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. 

In 2013, Mahaliah was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Purcell School for Young Musicians where she studied violin with Alda Dizdari, jazz piano with David Gordon and classical piano with Caterina Grewe. She has played in masterclasses for Jamie Campbell, Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Oliver Wille, Ben Sayevich and Heifetz assistant: Ayke Agus. From 2015-2019, Mahaliah was an undergraduate scholar at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where she studied under Susanne Stanzeleit. During her studies, Mahaliah has played under the baton of Sir Barry Wordsworth, Sir Richard Armstrong, Stephen Bell and Michael Seal. She has performed in a range of concerts and events from showcase symphony orchestra concerts at THSH to primary school concerts with Sir Lenny Henry. With the Dunev Quartet, Mahaliah has received coaching from a variety ensembles namely the Chilingirian Quartet, Gildas Quartet, the Heath Quartet and Kuss Quartet. The Dunev Quartet also received coaching and close mentorship from Robin Ireland, Rose Redgrave, Lucy Nolan and Charlotte Bonneton of the Castalian Quartet. 

Mahaliah plays a 19th century violin by Honoré Derazey on generous loan. 

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