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Gilbert Trio


The Gilbert Trio is an exciting and innovative trio, in the unusual form of Flute, Cello and Piano. It is made up of award winning musicians Thomas Bertolotti, Ivan Alekhin and Julie Mameteva. Since their formation in 2013, they have gone from strength to strength, and will be performing in the Royal Academy of Music's main chamber Music  in february this year. They also participate in charitable events, and will be performing at St Thomas's Hospital in London in March. The Gilbert Trio will be performing in the Harold Craxton Ensemble Prize at the Royal Academy of Music.

The Members:


Ivan Alekhin

Ivan Alekhin is currently in his last year of undergraduate study at the Royal Academy of Music in London (RAM) studying with William Bennett and Clare Southworth. He started his music education in Russia at the age of 6 in the Junior Department of Moscow’s Conservatory. His flute solo performances in Russia were combined with various international masterclasses and festivals in Budapest, Norway and the United Kingdom. After his graduation he was accepted to study at Chetham’s School of Music with a full scholarship in the class of Laura Jellicoe. As a member of the Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, he has performed in concert venues such as the Bridgewater Hall, Royal Northern College of Music, Cadogan Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, with the latter of these performances being under the direction of the distinguished conductor Paul Mann. At RAM, Ivan combines his flute playing with studies in composition and conducting. He was also granted the opportunity to have second study piano lessons with Mark Racz. He is also a founding member of the Gilbert Trio (Flute Cello and Piano) named in honour of the legendary flautist and teacher Geoffrey Gilbert. During his years at RAM he has been privileged to work with internationally renowned flute professors such as William Bennett, Michael Cox, Emily Beynon, Katherine Brian, Paul Edmund Davies, Thomas Robertello and Katherine Baker. Ivan has also performed in the Royal Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra and Concert Orchestra for such conductors as Jac van Steen, Edward Gardner, Trevor Pinnock and Robin Ticciati. He had participated in rehearsals with Constella Orchestra at the Royal Opera House with Leo Geyer and Philharmonia Orchestra with Yuri Timirkanov. Ivan plays on a Trevor James recital flute kindly awarded to him by Trevor James Flutes.


Yulia Sinani

Yulia was born in USSR and started musical education at the Gnesin’s Music school in 1999, but in 2003 switched to the Central Music school (college) to study with an Honorary Artist of Russia – Professor Valery Piassetski. As a child in age of 5 took part in concerts almost in all the concert halls of  Moscow. Yulia has performed as a soloist in many cities of Russia, particularly in the halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg. She has also toured extensively (Russia and Europe) as an accompanist, solo pianist and a soloist in Chamber music ensembles and played in orchestral programmes of the Central Music School of Moscow. She also took part in various concert programmes of Vladimir Spivakov’s Charitable Fund and was selected to participate in many master-classes, most notably with Nikolai Petrov. Yulia won numbers of music competitions and was awarded Scholarships from Academy.

Currently Yulia is in her final year of the Bachelors course at the Royal Academy of Music. Studying with Professor of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music Tatiana Sarkissova.



Thomas Bertolotti

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The Gilbert Trio

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