Lilya's mission as a musician is simple; to inspire and move the people around her, as they do for her.
She began her musical journey early, as a four-year old, listening to her mother sing opera. Begging her for months for music lessons, she finally gave in and allowed her to take lessons on the piano. Two years later, she brought a violin home from school. But it was upon discovering the warm, rich sound of a viola, that Lilya finally found her musical voice.
After finishing her studies with Hariolf Schlichtig at the University of Music and Arts Munich, Lilya moved back to the UK and is currently an artist on the International Artist Diploma programme at the RNCM, generously supported by the Dorothy Stone Scholarship. She is a laureate of many international competitions, including the Johannes Brahms Competition and Beethoven's Hradec Competition (1st Prize). An extremely enthusiastic chamber musician, Lilya has performed in many festivals including West Wycombe Chamber Music Festival, Heidelberger Frühling, Recontres Musicales d'Evian and Verbier Festival, as well as performing with artists such as Leonard Elschenbroich, Tianwa Yang, Boris Garlitsky, Alexander Hülshoff, Niklas Liepe, Marc Bouchkov and Antonio Meneses. Highlights of the next season 2019/20 include a full evening recital at the RNCM, chamber music collaborations with James Campbell and Julian Rachlin and her concerto debut with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra. Lilya is a scholarship holder of Villa Musica Rheinland-Pfalz. She plays on a viola by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, a generous loan from private owners through the Deustche Stiftung Musikleben.