Program 2019


at the ticket office in front of the Plovdiv City Hall and at the Ethnographic Museum

June 7th, Friday, 8:00 PM


Ilya Konovalov – violin, Israel

Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Alexander Kolev – piano, Bulgaria

Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1971) – Suite Italienne for violin and piano                        

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) – Violin Sonata No. 1 G dur, op. 78 

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – Violin Sonata No. 9 A dur, op. 47 Kreutzer

Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946) – Suite Populaire Espagnole

Duration: 110 min. (with intermission)

Ilya Konovalov was born to a musical family in Novosibirsk (USSR) in 1977. At the age of 7 he commenced his studies with Prof. Zakhar Bron and later with Prof. Alexey Gvozdev in Novosibirsk. During this time he was a prize winner in the All-Russian and Wieniawski International Violin Competition. He later studied with Prof. Dora Schwarzberg at the Vienna Academy of Music. Ilya has perfomed all over Russia and Europe and in Brazil, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. He has appeared with prestigious orchestras such as the „Moscow Virtuosi”, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonieta Beer-Sheva, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra „Musica Viva”, the Saint Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow State Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the American-Russian Symphony Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Spivakov, Hugh Wolff, Zubin Mehta and Yoel Levi. He played chamber music with many prominent artists, among them Alexander Rudin, Yuri Bashmet, Rudolf Buchbinder, Lynn Harell, Arkady Zenziper, Dora Schwarzberg, Steven Isserlis, Misha Maisky etc. For the past 10 years he has been participating many prestigious festivals such as: Young Artists in Concert, Festival in Davos, Switzerland, Schubertiade Music Festival in Germany, Haifa Music Festival and Dreiklang Festival in Germany. Ilya Konovalov has recorded two CD’s for Melodiya label in Russia and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra under Arnold Katz. Since 1997 he has been Concertmaster of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta.

Ilya Konovalov is the 1st violinist of the Israel Philharmonic String Quartet  which was founded in 2006 at the the request of Maestro Mehta and supported by the Richter family. Since 2006 Ilya Konovalov has been teaching violin and chamber music at the Buchmann – Mehta School of Music at the Tel Aviv University.

Alexander Kolev graduated from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts – Plovdiv in Prof. Snezhana Simeonova’s class. He has been working as a piano accompanist at the Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance for many years. He has collaborated with many talented students and teachers, has successfully participated in numerous national and international competitions, festivals, celebrations, recitals, and master classes. He has won a number of special awards for accompaniment. He has also been performing intensively as a chamber music artist. Alexander Kolev has worked with the musicians Veselin Parashkevov, Anton Niculescu, Dong-Suk Kang, Sandor Javorkay, Mario Hossen, Midori. He has special keen interest in harpsichord performance and the Baroque instrumental music. In 2013 he and the violinist Milena Valeva formed the CamerataPontica ensemble, which has presented music projects at various stages and events in Bulgaria.

June 9th, Sunday, 8:00 PM

Alexander Kaimbacher – tenor, Austria

Anna Sushon – piano, Israel

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) – Winterreise Song Cycle, op. 89 (24 songs on poems by Wilhelm Müller)

Duration: 80 min.

The Austrian tenor Alexander Kaimbacher works as a freelancer in opera and concert. He was a member of the ensemble of Vienna State Opera and the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. He has performed in diverse theaters and concert halls all over Europe, including Vienna Volksoper, Theater an der Wien, theaters in Luzern, Bari, Ravenna, Naples, Rome, Zurich, Teatro alla Scala, Philarmonie am Gasteig Munich, Wiener Musikverein, Teatro Monumental Madrid, ACF New York & Washington, at the festivals in Salzburg, Bregenz, Grafenegg, KlangBogen and Festival Israel. His special skills make him one of the best character interpreters of roles like Loge, Mime, Candide and Celebrant. His great debut as Gustav von Aschenbach in Britten’s Death in Venice brought him the best singer award for a german singer given by critics in NRW Die Welt. He has also big success in operettas as Eisenstein, Leopold or Boccaccio. He is known as a specialist for song recitals and in contemporary music. Recently he had great role debut at the Zurich Opera in György Ligeti Le Grand Macabre as the holy drunk Piet the Pot. Alexander Kaimbacher has worked with conductors such as Marcello Viotti, Silvain Cambreling, Walter Kobera, Martin Haselböck, Manfred Honeck, Gustav Kuhn, Christian Thielemann, Stefan Soltesz, Ulf Schirmer, Kirill Petrenko, Franz Welser-Moest, Omer Meir Wellber, Seiji Ozawa and Kent Nagano.

Anna Sushon, born in Novosibirsk, studied orchestral conducting in Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance and later in Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 1996 she has been living and working in Vienna. Here she is mostly known as the musical assistant and principal vocal coach of Neue Oper Wien (since 1998). With this theater group she produced more than 70 operas composed in 20 and 21 century. She also coaches Russian repertoire at the Vienna State Opera, has participated in productions of Theater an der Wien, Viennese Chamber Opera, at the festivals in Bregenz, Grafenegg, Carinthia and Wiener Fest Wochen. Anna Sushon has accompanied recitals of diverse soloists in Vienna, Madrid, Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Stuttgart, New York and Tel-Aviv, and conducted concerts and operas in Vienna, Erfurt, Salzburg, Rochester, Zagreb and Stockholm.

June 12th, Wednesday, 8:00 PM 

Lutosławski Piano Duo, Poland

Emilia SitarzBartłomiej Wąsik

Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860 – 1941) – Tatra Album, op. 12

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) – Slavonic Dances: No. 2 „Dumka“ e moll, op. 72; No. 7 „Skočná“ c moll, op. 46; No. 8 „Sousedská“ As dur, op. 72; No. 8 „Furiant“ g moll, op. 46

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) – Dance Macabre, op. 40

Moritz Moszkowski (1854 – 1925) – New Spanish Dances, op. 65

Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907) – Two Norwegian Dances, op. 35

Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886) – Mephisto Waltz No. 1 

Duration: 80 min.

Lutosławski Piano Duo is one of the leading piano duos in the world. The pianists Emilia Sitarz and Bartłomiej Wąsik are winners of the most important Polish cultural award – Paszport Polityki. Their artistic way began in 1999 when they started to learn from renowned piano duos – Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir (Israel) and Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl (Germany). The duo took part in many prestigious master classes in Poland, Germany, Israel where they had a chance to learn from such outstanding musicians as Yaara Tal, Andreas Groethuysen, Aglika Genova, Luben Dimitrov. They are graduates of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock.

The musicians are laureates of many chamber music competitions in Poland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania, Czech Republic: Grand Prix (Konzerteum, Greece 2000), III prize (13. Franz Schubert International Piano Duo Competition, Czech Republic 2003), Grand Prix and all Special Awards (International Piano Duo Competition, Lithuania 2004), I prize and Marek Stachowski Special Award (International Competition of Contemporary Chamber Music, Poland 2006), II prize (Valentino Bucchi International Competition of XX and XXI Century Music in Rome, Italy 2009). They were also awarded several grants from Ministry of Culture in Poland. The Duo is very often invited to prestigious festivals such as New Tradition Festival, Vratislavia Cantans, Sacrum-Profanum, Unsound, Warsaw Autumn, Kwartesencja, Nova Polska (France), Piano Duets Festival (Lithuania), Scelsi Festival (Italy), Israel Spring Festival (Israel), Duettissimo (Belarus), Chain Festival, Two Moors (England), EBU Festival. They premiered several new Polish compositions for four hands, two pianos, electronics, as well as for two pianos with orchestra.

In 2006 the pianists began cooperation with the outstanding Polish percussion duo Hob-Beats (Magdalena Kordylasińska and Miłosz Pękala). As Kwadrofonik quartet they perform 20th century music (eg. Crumb, Bartók, Berio) and their own pieces inspired by Polish folk songs and dances. The group has performed at various festivals in Poland and abroad. In 2010 during the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birthday the group prepared a special project with their own visions of Chopin’s masterpieces presented in the USA (Carnegie Hall and Chicago Symphony Hall were included). In May 2011 they had a debut in the Berliner Philharmonie where their own version of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was presented. In 2007 the duo released their debut album published by Polish Radio with works by Lutosławski, Poulenc, Stravinsky and Kagel. In 2008 their CD was nominated for the most important Polish music award Fryderyk in three categories: the most outstanding Polish music recording, the best debut and the best chamber music album – in this very category the duo was awarded a statuette. In 2014, as the first European pianists they recorded works for two and four pianos by American composer Julius Eastman and Tomasz Sikorski (Bolt Records). They also received a Pizzicato Award for this album.

Lutosławski Piano Duo has performed in the most important halls in Poland and abroad – the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Lutosławski Polish Radio Studio, Central Conservatory Concert Hall in Beijing, Izumi Hall in Osaka, TheatREpublique in Copenhagen. Playing together the musicians managed to develop a harmony of their musical shades, articulations, rhythm and feelings. The broad repertoire of the duo contains about a hundred pieces from baroque to contemporary compositions as well as the musicians’ own transcriptions of symphonic pieces.

June 13th, Thursday, 8:00 PM

50 Years on Stage

Concert and Exhibition 

Micho Dimitrov – violin, Bulgaria

Concertmaster of the State Opera – Plovdiv

Iren Kapelovska – piano, Bulgaria 

260th anniversary of Händel’s death

120th anniversary of Vladigerov’s birth

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) – Violin Sonata No. 3 F dur

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) – Menuet

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – Romance G dur, op. 40

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828) – Sonatina No. 3 g moll

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 – 1759) – Violin Sonata No. 6 E dur

Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) – Romantic Piece, op. 75 

Reinhold Glière (1875 – 1956) – Waltz

Pancho Vladigerov (1899 – 1978) – Song from Bulgarian Suite

Rodion Shchedrin (b. 1932) – In the Style of Albeniz; Humoresque

Duration: 75  min.

Micho Dimitrov was born in Plovdiv. He started studying violin lessons with Todor Katsarov and later with Tatyana Krasteva. At the age of 10 he won the First Prize and the Special Prize for ‘Best Foreign Artist’ at the International Competition‘Jaroslav Kocian’ in Czechoslovakia (1967). On May 16, 1969 was his first solo recital in Plovdiv. In December the same year, he was soloist of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor was Ivan Angelov. In 1974 he graduated from the Dobrin Petkov Music School in Plovdiv. The same year he was accepted without an entry exame at the State Music Academy, Sofia. He studied in the violin class of Prof. Boyan Lechev and in the chamber music class of Prof. Vladimir Avramov, where he also completed a two-year master class (1978-1980). In 1980, Micho Dimitrov was invited from Prof. Ifrah Neaman at the Guildhall School in London. He graduated with the highest distinction „Concert Recital Diploma“. During his three-year stay in England, Micho Dimitrov was a lecturer in violin and chamber music at Richmond Colidge and actively performed in Oxford, Cambridge, Richmond, London.

At the invitation of Dobrin Petkov, he took the post of concertmaster of the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra and later a lecturer at the Academy of Music and Dance Art in Plovdiv (1983 – 1988). Since 1988, Micho Dimitrov lives and works in the Netherlands. Upon arrival, he became the leader of the ARDIS chamber ensemble, with whom he gave concerts in the country and recorded for the Dutch radio. In the same 1988 he was appointed as a Concertmaster of the Hilversum Symphony Orchestra and since 1989, one of the Concertmasters of the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Hilversum and Guest-Concertmaster /Leader/ of Opera de Lyon. He gave concerts in Musikverein Vienna, Concerthaus Berlin, Hall ‘Playele’ Hall in Paris, ‘Royal Albert’ Hall in London – PROMS 2009, Sun Festival (Singapore), Tonhalle (Zurich), Festspillhouse (Salzburg), Bratislava International Festival, etc.

Micho Dimitrov has won the following awards: Myra Hess Foundation Prize, London, 1982; “Alfred Gibson” Memorial Prize, London, 1982; Finalist and honorary diploma from the “P. I. Tchaykovski” Competition, 1978; Special Prize at the “Kreisler” Competition, Vienna, 1979. In Bulgaria he was soloist of all major orchestras, participated in the international festivals‘Varna Summer’ and‘Chamber Music Festival’ (Plovdiv). He was Soloist of: Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Havana National Philharmonic Orchestra, Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, Rostock Symphony Orchestra etc. He has performed with his pianist Violeta Popova in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Germany, Romania, Poland, Armenia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Spain, Cuba, Austria, Switzerland and others. In 2015 he was Guest-Concertmaster of SWR /South West German Rundfunk Orchestra in Saarbrucken/. From October 2010 to 2012, he gave violin lessons at the Folkwang University of Arts (Essen), at the invitation of Prof. Mincho Minchev. His pedagogical activities include over 25 master classes in Plovdiv, Sofia, Razlog, Burgas, Varna, Oryahovitsa, Belgrade. He was part of the jury of the ‘Pancho Vladigerov’ National Competition in Shumen, The International Young Virtuoso Competition in Sofia and the National Contest in Belgrade. Since March 2012 he started to paint. Micho Dimitrov had 11 exhibitions in Bulgaria, Netherlands and France. He has around1000 works. He took part with Exhibition and Concert at the‘Night of Museums’ and ‘House of Europe’in Sofia. Micho Dimitrov is the winner of Golden Merchant Badge for the International Festival ‘Varna Summer’ (2012) and was ‘Musician of the Year – 2013’ of the Bulgarian National Radio. Currently, Micho Dimitrov is Concertmaster of the Plovdiv Opera and violin teacher at the Academy of Dance, Music and Fine Arts, Plovdiv.

Iren Kapelovska graduated from the Plovdiv Music School in Ms. Krastina Boeva’s piano class, and then – from the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts – Plovdiv. She has specialized in piano accompaniment at the Prof. Pancho Vladigerov National Academy of Music – Sofia, under Prof. Ruzhka Charakchieva. At the Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance she has been a piano accompanist for many years, and has participated in concerts in Bulgaria, Austria, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Italy, in many national and international competitions, where she has been awarded honorary prizes for high achievement in the artistic accompaniment, in international music festivals in Bulgaria, as well as in master classes of renowned foreign and Bulgarian musicians. She has written the books The Memory of the Heart (25 interviews with distinguished teachers from the Plovdiv Music School) and Ruzhka Charakchieva – Spirit, Talent and Insight. She has been awarded the honorary Neofit Rilski distinction from the Ministry of Education and Science and the Golden Lyre prize of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians and Dancers. Since 2017 she has been performing as a duo with the violinist Micho Dimitrov.

June 14th, Friday, 8:00 PM 

Simón Ibáñez Gines – clarinet, Spain

Juan Carlos Cornelles piano, Spain

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) – Clarinet Sonata No. 2 Es dur, op. 120

André Messager (1853 – 1929) – Solo de concours

Giacomo Miluccio (1928 – 1999) – Rhapsody for Clarinet Solo

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) – Clarinet Sonata Es dur, op. 167

Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901) – Donato Lovreglio (1841–1907) – Fantasy on Themes from the opera La Traviata

Duration: 70 min. (with intermission)

Former clarinet and chamber music teacher at the Barenboim-Said Foundation, Simón Ibáñez Gines is currently clarinet Professor at Wiener Musikakademie. He has performed in halls such as Barbican Hall , Royal Festival Hall, “Palau de la Música Catalana”, “Gran Teatre del Liceu“, “Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia”, “Altes Rathaus”, with conductors like Sir Colin Davies, Vladimir Azkenazhy, Diego Mason, Valery Gerguiev or Adrian Leaper. Mr. Ibañez has been featured as a soloist with orchestras like Budweis Philharmonic or Guatemala National Youth Orchestra. He has obtained good critics in England and Switzerland, he was first prize in the Ivan Sutton Competition in London. He usually play recitals with piano and chamber music in places like London, Liverpool, Viena, Venice, Barcelona, Gothenburg or Brussels. Soon he will appear as soloist with The Tallinn International Youth Orchestra and made his presentation tour in Costa Rica with recitals and masterclasses. Simón Ibáñez  studied at “Conservatorio Superior de Música del Liceo (Barcelona) and completed his Bmus (Hons) qualification with Professor Isaac Rodriguez. Later he was accepted at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama of London to study the “Artist-Masters Orchestral Training” with the London Symphony Players and Professor Julian Farrel. He has taken part in masterclasses with A. Marriner, M. Lethiec, Fr. Benda, R. Guyot, M. Nuccio, C. Palermo, V. Rodriguez, R. Spaendonck, H. Mäki. Simón Ibáñez is also Artistic Director at the “La Vilavella International Masterclass” with resident musicians like David Rejano (Los Angeles Philharmonic), Liina Leijala (Barenboim-Said Foundation and Wiener Musikakademie) and Julio Lopez (Münchener Philharmoniker).

The pianist Juan Carlos Cornelles performs chamber music concerts actively, what has led him to perform with distinguished musicians and international singers in concert halls in Spain, UK, USA, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Bulgaria and Slovenia. His highlights include appearances at Wigmore Hall, Barbican Hall, St. John Smith Square or St. Martin in the Fields in London, Americas Society in New York, Cecilia Meirelles Hall in Rio de Janeiro, Bernhard Haitink Zaal in Amsterdam, Fundacion Juan March in Madrid or Palau de la Música among others. He has recently recorded, alongside the British violist Ashan Pillai, two CDs under the Verso label. He has also starred in premieres of composers as A. G. Schneekloth, J. Costa, V. Roncero and J. Cervello. He received his higher education at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and at the Guildhall School in London, where his most important teachers were Almudena Cano, Graham Johnson and Caroline Palmer. He has as well completed a “Master in Performance” in the G.S.M.D. (London) and a Master’s Degree in Creation and musical interpretation of the Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. He has also received training in Alexander Technique for four years with the teachers Simon Fitzgibbon and Nelly Ben-Or, in Madrid and London respectively. He combines his concert activity with teaching. He has served at the Guildhall School in London and at conservatories in Madrid, Zaragoza, Palma de Mallorca, Barcelona and Castellon. He has worked as a teacher of Music and Performing Arts since 1993. He is currently teaching at the Conservatory “Salvador Segui” of Castellon and at the Conservatory del Liceu in Barcelona. He is also a consulting professor of Master of interpretation and musical research at the International University of Valencia and artistic director of Festival “Alcossebre-en-Cant” in Alcossebre (Castellón).

June 15th, Saturday, 8:00 PM 

Magda Amara-Vladar, Russia

Piano Recital

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) – Sonata No. 31 As dur, op. 110          

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) – Three Intermezzi, op. 117

Frédéric Chopin (1810 – 1849) – Ballade No. 1 g moll, op. 23

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) – Prelude No. 10 h moll, op. 32; Prelude No. 4 D dur, op. 23; Prelude No. 2 B dur, op. 23

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) – Sonata No. 2 b moll, op. 36 (2. Version)

Duration: 110 min. (with intermission)

As soloist and as one of the most passionate and demanded pianists in chamber music, Magda Amara is a regular guest on many international stages.  Playing in venues such as the Musikverein and Konzerthaus Vienna, Theater an der Wien, Mozarteum Salzburg, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Tonhalle Zürich, Luzern Festival and many others, her performances brought her to all important concert halls in Europe and beyond.

Magda Amara was invited to many prestigious festivals, including Dvořákova PrahaLe Sion FestivalFestival de Radio France in MontpellierBest of NRW, Neuberger Kulturtage and Attergauer Kultursommer, and enjoyed successful collaborations with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Brno. As a devoted chamber musician, she is collaborating with outstanding partners, among them Julian Rachlin, Dora Schwarzberg and Stefan Vladar, as well as members of the Vienna Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She shares a very close musical relationship with the Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, with whom she recorded two CDs, released by the Austrian Label Capriccio in 2013 and 2015.

Magda Amara was born in Moscow and graduated from the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Sergei Dorensky. She completed her studies with Stefan Vladar at the University of Music in Vienna and is laureate of eleven national and international competitions, including first prizes at the Jeunesses Musicales and Ennio Porrino Piano Competitions, and the 3rd prize at the Vladimir Horowitz International Piano Competition.

June 16th, Sunday, 8:00 PM 

Tibor Kovác – violin, Slovakia / Austria

Soloist of the Vienna Philharmonic

Solo Recital

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750) – Chaconne of the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004

Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) – Caprice No. 17 Es dur, op. 1

René Staar (b. 1951) – Ständchen

Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst (1812 – 1865) – Grand Caprice on Fr. Schubert’s Der Erlkönig

Fritz Kreisler (1875 – 1962) – Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice, op.6

Eugène Ysaÿe (1858 – 1931)Sonata No. 6 E dur, op. 27

Niccolò Paganini (1782 – 1840) – Theme and Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento from G. Paisiello’s opera La Molinara

Duration: 60 min.

Tibor Kovác was born in 1967 in Levice (Republic of Slovakia), receiving his first violin lessons when he was four years old from his father. He studied at the Conservatory in Bratislava with A. Vrtel, at the Academy of Prague with A. Moravec and at the College of  Music and Performing Arts Vienna with M. Frischenschlager. He resumed his study later with A. Staar and B. Kuschnir. At the same time he took master classes from Z. Bron and I. Oistrach. He has won prizes at international competitions, such as: M. Abbado, L. van Beethoven, J. Joachim and since 1992 he is a section leader of the second violins of the Vienna Philharmonic. He has appeared as a soloist in Japan, Taiwan and in the USA, as well as with numerous chamber music groups, having been a member of the Ensemble Vienna and a current member of the Vienna Virtuosi. In 2007 he founded the ensemble „The Philharmonics“.

Tibor Kovác has been a soloist with the Slovakian Philharmonie, the Slovakian Radio Orchestra, the Virtuosi di Praga, the Janacek Philharmonie in Ostrava, the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, the F. Liszt Chamber Orchestra, as well as the Camerata Academica Salzburg, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, and with the Mariinsky Orchestra in St. Petersburg at the international festival „The Stars of the White Nights 2007“ under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev. Some of his most successful appearances include golden poster concerts in the Brahmssaal of the Musikverein in Vienna, as well as a concert in the Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York City. For this concert Tibor Kovác was loaned the Guarneri del Jesu violin, which had once belonged to the legendary Fritz Kreisler. His appearance with Lambert Orkis in Washington D.C. was received with euphoric praise in the international media, such as the Washington Post. In addition to numerous radio and television broadcasts in the former Czechoslovakia and in Austria, Tibor Kovác has recorded CDs for HNH International, Musikleben and Radio Bratislava. Along with Vivaldi, Beethoven and Kreisler, he has also recorded a CD of operatic fantasies, as well as the entire collection of the 24 Caprices by Paganini, which was released by Gramola in Vienna in December 2005. Soon Philartis Wien will produce a live CD with Franz Bartolomey, principal cellist of the Vienna Philharmonic, performing the Double Concerto of Brahms.

Tibor Kovác gives international master classes in Italy (L’Academia Leuciana d’Arte), in Salzburg, and in Japan (Tokyo College of Music). Although the most prominent aspect in his chamber music endeavours is leading his own ensemble, „The Philharmonics“, Kovác continues to appear as soloist.  In June 2010 he performed Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in the Vienna Musikverein. At the present time Tibor Kovác performs on the Antonio Stradivari, Cremona 1724 „ex Rawark“ violin which is on loan to him from the Austrian National Bank.

June 18th, Tuesday, 8:00 PM 

Puldin Piano Trio

Nikolay Marinovpiano

Stefan Hubenovviolin

Ziad Qassemcello

Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance Plovdiv

Teacher Detelina Marinkeva

Antonin Dvořák (1841 – 1904) – Piano Trio f moll, op. 65               

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) – Elegiac Trio g moll

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992) – The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires 

Duration: 75 min.

Puldin Piano Trio – Nikolay Marinov (piano), Stefan Hubenov (violin) and Ziad Qassem (cello), was formed in 2012. The trio, from Ms. Detelina Marinkeva’s class of Chamber Music, is one of the most distinguished ensembles of the Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance – Plovdiv. Besides the numerous performances at significant all-school concerts, the trio has had a number of successful appearances on stage at prestigious cultural institutions in Plovdiv, Sofia, and abroad, including a concert in the Mirror Hall of the Bulgarian Embassy in Prague (2016), three performances in the Boyana Residence on the occasion of cultural events, accompanying the Bulgarian chairmanship of the European Union (2018), two concerts in France at the invitation of the world-renowned French scientist of Bulgarian descent Prof. Minko Balkanski – in the Bulgarian Embassy in Paris and a concert in Fourges (2018). The trio has won First Prize and the special Clara Schumann Prize from the First Plovdiv International Chamber Music Competition, 2014, First Prize from the International Online Music Competition Twentieth Century MusicGreat Composers, 2017 and Second Prize from the eMuse International Online Music Competition – Athens, Greece, 2018.

The performers from Puldin Trio – the students Nikolay Marinov (born in 2001, from Ms. Svetlana Koseva’s piano class), Stefan Hubenov (born in 2000, from Ms. Evgenia Nocheva’s violin class) and Ziad Qassem (born in 2000, from Ms. Anet Artinian’s violoncello class), are prize winners of prestigious awards from national and international competitions. The young musicians have also had a number of successful solo concert performances in Bulgaria and abroad.

June 21st, Friday, 8:00 PM 

Solo Recital

Milen Kirov – piano, Bulgaria / USA

presents his latest author’s solo album SPATIUM

An original and extraordinary amalgam of jazz, gospel, contemporary classical music and Bulgarian folklore, interpreted with creative imagination and brought about by the mastership of improvisation

Described as a pianist with “superhuman coordination”, Dr. Milen Kirov is an award-winning Bulgarian-American performer, composer, educator, and Yamaha artist with an inimitable artistic voice and celebrated creative output. His career redefines the role of the performer-composer  in the 21st century by transcending genres, labels, and artistic boundaries. Combining his Bulgarian music heritage and concert pianist background with creative work in contemporary composition, jazz, world music, and improvisation, Dr. Kirov has carved a thriving and dynamic career as a well-known and respected artist. As an artist and producer, Milen has released 4 albums and several singles of his solo piano and ensemble works on his own Luta Rakia music label and has recorded for numerous other artists. He has performed throughout Europe and North America, and his compositions and performances have been featured on hundreds of radio and TV stations on four continents. Milen’s music and playing have been featured on several films and theater plays including “Human Error”, a Robert M. Young film, official selection of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival; “A Cigar At the Beach, an award-winning  film by Triskalion Entertainment, and “Woody Allen: A Documentary” directed by Emmy-winning  filmmaker Robert Weide, part of the celebrated PBS’ American Masters series. As a pianist, composer, and producer, Kirov has won numerous awards and honors, most recently the Certificate of Congressional Recognition given by the United States Congress for his work as a director of an international music ensemble, and for “showcasing Bulgarian culture and continuing Los Angeles’ tradition of multiculturalism”. He frequently gives master classes and lectures, and serves as a jury in piano and chamber music competitions.

Dr. Kirov is the co-founder, co-sponsor, and member of the jury of the annual Competition for Young Pianists “Stella Oslekova” held in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), named after and dedicated to the memory of his beloved first piano teacher. Currently Dr. Kirov resides in Los Angeles, California where he is an Assistant Professor of Piano, Composition, and Theory at Los Angeles City College. After a very busy and successful 2018, Dr. Kirov is looking at an even busier 2019. The eagerly anticipated release of his new solo piano album on the London-based label ICSM Records, recorded in the beautiful Penderecki Hall in Radom (Poland) is planned for May and Milen Kirov will present it with concerts in the US and Europe.

June 22nd, Saturday, 8:00 PM 


Bülent Evcil – flute, Turkey

Phillip Moll – piano, Germany

Cécile Chaminade (1857 – 1944) – Concertino, op. 107

Vittorio Monti (1868 – 1922) – Csárdás

Ekrem Zeki Ün (1910 – 1987) – At the Tomb of Yunus

Pietro Morlacchi (1828 – 1868) – The Swiss Shepherd

Christoph Willibald Gluck (1714 – 1787) – Dance of the Blessed Spirits from Orfeo ed Euridice

Giulio Briccialdi (1818 – 1881) – Carnival of Venice, op. 78

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) – Pièce en forme de Habanera

François Borne (1840 – 1920) – Fantasie Brillante on Themes from Bizet’s Carmen

Duration: 70 min. (with intermission)

Bülent Evcil started his studies at Istanbul Mimar Sinan University with Prof. Mükerrem Berk. Continued his studies at Brussels Royal Academy with Marc Grauwels and Heidelberg-Mannheim Music Academy with Jean-Michel Tungay. He received the “efficiency in art” qualification. He studied with Sir James Galway. He described Evcil as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation’ Worked as solo flutist in various symphony orchestras: Arturo Toscanini Phill.,Murcia State Symphony, Sao Paulo State Symphony,Istanbul State Opera and State Symphony, Istanbul Borusan Phill. with such conductors as Lorin Maazel, A.Rahbari, L. Slatkin, I. Oistrakh, E.Tabakov, I. Marin, T. Strugala, C. Scimone, G. Aykal, etc.

Played with: Richard Galliano, F. Say, B. Fromanger, D. Formisano, M. Grauwels, R. Trevisani,  L. Kretzer, P. Moll, A. Oliva, C. Askin, R. Gunes. Evcil owns the Belgium Royal Art Encouragement medal. His flute takes him on numerous tours in Turkey and abroad where he is invited as Guest Artist to give solo concerts with orchestras,recitals,masterclasses and performances at the most distinguished concert halls and schools and international music festivals such as the Italian International Flute Festival (Falaut),Flautomania Teatro alla Scala in Milano,Italy. The British Flute Society Festival in Manchester, England. NFA flute conventions Head Liner concerts in San Diego and New York, America. Slovenian international flute Festival, Slovenia, French flute festival in Nice and Serbian int. Flute festival Belgrade, Serbia.Pristine flute festival, Kosovo. Appeared on T.V and Radio shows. His CD named Tango Time came out  by Kalan Music in Turkey. Evcil has significant contributions to expand the popularity of his instrument, flute, and has the ambition to represent his music and his country, Turkey, at the international music arena. He is awarded by ’’Classical Music Magazine  Andante’’ The Best woodwind-player of 2010 in Turkey. His second CD named Middle Eastern  Miniatures came out to Market 2012. 2015 he recorded his last CD together with world famous accompanist Phillip Moll. The CD named as ‘The Flute Virtuoso’ and came to the music market end of 2015. Bülent Evcil aspires to increase the popularity of the flute in Turkey and to represent Turkish flutists ideally in the world arena.

Bülent Evcil has a marvelous tone and a superb technique. He is all round a most impressive young flutist and I would say one of  the most outstanding of his generation.              Sir James Galway

Born in Chicago, Phillip Moll has lived in Berlin since 1970.  After receiving degrees in English from Harvard University and in music from the University of Texas, and following a year at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich on a DAAD grant, he was employed as a repetiteur by the German Opera in Berlin until 1978.  Since then he has been active as an accompanist and ensemble pianist, collaborating with such diverse artists as Kathleen Battle, Håkan Hågegard, Jessye Norman, Kurt Moll, James Galway, Kyung Wha Chung, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Akiko Suwanai, and Kolya Blacher. He has performed and recorded with numerous Berlin ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the German Symphony Orchestra, the RIAS Chamber Choir and the Berlin Radio Choir. For many years he has performed throughout Europe, North America and the Far East, and has appeared as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of Saint John’s Smith Square and the Philharmonic Kammermusik Kollegium of Berlin. In Australia, he has been soloist with the symphony orchestras of Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmania. From 2004 until 2013, Moll held a professorship for song interpretation at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. He has given master classes in many countries, including Belgium, Israel, Italy, France, Latvia, Lithuania, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey and the US.  

Among the more recent of the many recordings in which he has taken part are Piano Trios of Dvořák and Suk with the Berlin Philharmonic Piano Trio, Duets for two baritones, with the brothers Paul-Armin and Peter Edelmann, Gypsy Songs with Mezzo-Soprano Renée Morloc, Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle with the RIAS Chamber Choir, the Requiem of Brahms, in the version with piano four-hands, with the Berlin Radio Chorus, Opera Fantasies with wind soloists of La Scala, Schubert sonatas with violinist Andrea Duka Löwenstein, Bartok compositions for violin and piano with Ms. Duka Löwenstein, the CDs Portrait with Italian flutist Davide Formisano and The Virtuoso Flute with Bulent Evcil. He has made numerous recordings with flutist Sir James Galway, with whom he has performed for over forty years.