Lilya Tymchyshyn was born in Bolton, England in 1993. Growing up watching her mother perform opera, she was inspired to take up music on the piano, then later on the viola.
Lilya’s first competition success was winning 2nd prize at the Kenneth Page Foundation Viola Competition, despite being 15 and the youngest participant in the competition. A laureate of the 2014 Johannes Brahms Competition, her most recent achievement is winning 1st prize at Beethoven’s Hradec International Music Competition in 2015. Her success has led her to play solo recitals in countries including Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England, Switzerland and Italy.
An extremely enthusiastic chamber musician, Lilya has performed in many festivals including North-Norfolk Music Festival, Aurora Chamber Music and Verbier Festival, as well as chamber masterclasses with well-known teachers such as Christoph Richter, members of the Arditti String Quartet, Gabor Takacs-Nagy, Pamela Frank and Lawrence Lesser. Solo masterclasses have included Lars Anders Tomter, Thomas Riebl, Nobuko Imai, Lawrence Power, Jean Sulem and Tabea Zimmermann.
She currently studies with Prof Hariolf Schlichtig at the University of Music & Arts Munich, whilst furthering her studies in Paris with David Gaillard and Jean Sulem.
Lilya plays on a viola by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume on loan to her from Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben.