Monthly Archives: February 2015

Chopin Pillow Concert

15.03.2015


Sunday, March 15th, 2015
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,

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Frederic Chopin, the magician in piano music, was born on the first day of March more than 200 years ago. Being the most famous Polish composer, adored and worshiped by billions of people around the world, his birth date is the reason for delving into the Polish music this month. A true poet in music, he was an incredible pianist and his works completely transformed the way the piano is played. His music is primarily for this instrument and its tenderness and beauty could not be mistaken for any other.

The pianist Antoniya Kyril Evgenievaa have already conquered a number of prestigious stages with her performances of Chopin’s compositions. She has chosen some of his most famous waltzes, nocturnes and the dramatic and greatly virtuosic Fourth Ballade for this concert. The piano will waken up under her fingers, so the audience can enjoy and be astonished by her inspiring interpretations.



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TICKETS

Online:
Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Performers:

Antoniya Kyril Evgenieva, piano

The pianist Antoniya Kyril Evgenieva is a PhD candidate at the Music Department of New Bulgarian University (Sofia, Bulgaria). She is in the class of Prof. Lyudmil Angelov. She is a graduate of the National Music School “L. Pipkov” in the class of Antonina Boneva. Her Bachelor’s degree is from the National Music Academy “P. Vladigerov” (Prof. Y. Krushev’s class), while her Master’s degree is from the Plovdiv Music Academy (Prof. Roksana Bogdanova’s class). Antoniya has awards from several competitions including the “French Music” (Plovdiv, 1998) and two second prizes at the “Young Music Talents” (Sofia, 1998 and 2000). She has been awarded First and Grand Prize for Chamber Music at the international competition “Concertino Praha” in 1999. She took part in several other international festivals and competitions, like “Czeshky Krumlov” (2000), “South Bohemia”(2000), “New Bulgarian Music”(2002), “Sofia Summer”(2007), among others. She has participated in many master classes. Antoniya has performed in numerous recitals and recorded for the Bulgarian National Television and the Bulgarian National Radio. She has performed as a soloist for the following orchestras – Collegium Musicum Bankya, Academic Symphonic Orchestra, Tempi Concertanti, Symphonic Orchestra of the Bulgarian National Radio, Symphonieta, Youth international orchestra, as well as the philharmonies of Sliven, Vidin, Vratza, Razgrad and Pleven. Since March 2013, she is leading the Arte Classica NGO which promotes classical music and young talents.


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Musical programme

Frederic Chopin

Waltz in A-flat Major
Waltz in e minor
Waltz op. 64, No. 2
Waltz op. 69, No. 2
Fantasie-Impromptu
Nocturne op. 48, No. 1
Nocturne op. 9, No. 2
Ballade No. 4



Program, March 15th, 2015

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here


workshop-pillow-concerts

On Sunday, March 15th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.


Double Bass Pillow Concert

22.02.2015


Sunday, February 22th, 2014
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.,

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A double bass is almost two meters tall and weighs about eleven kilograms. If it had a lid, its body could comfortably fit a whole man! Its transportation is not easy at all, therefore double bass players prefer to avoid such adventures. Often likened to the elephant, the double bass has a deep voice and the admirable ability to make little feet dance in its rhythms. The next Double Bass Pillow Concert will host not one, not two, but three real double basses. The musical programme is again fully Czech and will be masterly performed by Dr. Svoboda Bozduganova – one of the most prominent Bulgarian double bass players. Body, as her friends prefer to call her, has specialized in the Czech Republic which is known around the world with its double bass traditions. Body’s stage partners will be two of her students at Sofia’s Musical School – Dea Maistorska and Kalina Andreeva, accompanied on the piano by Veneta Neynska.


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TICKETS

Online:
Family Ticket – 30 leva

At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva


Performers:

Svoboda Bozduganova, double bass
Kalina Andreeva, double bass
Dea Maistorska, double bass
Veneta Neynska, piano

Svoboda Bozduganova has graduated the National Music Academy “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” with a double bass major in classical, pop and jazz music. She has specialized and earned a second Master’s degree at the Leos Janacek Academy in the Czech Republic. She is a laureate from international competitions in Bulgaria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. During the past two years, she teaches double bass at the National School of Music “L. Pipkov” and in March, 2013 she was awarded the title “Doctor” from the NMA “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”. Body is known on the Bulgarian concert stage with her participation in various jazz formations. She does not limit herself in a specific style of music and has already proved numerous times that her path in music lies in both the classical as well as in the jazz sphere. She is also an accomplished soloist with several double bass recitals and a great number of other concert participations.

Both Kalina Andreeva and Dea Maistorska are currently students at the National School of Music “Liubomir Pipkov” and both are majoring in double bass with Dr. Svoboda Bozduganova. Kalina was awarded the Third Prize at the first age group of the IV Double Bass Competition “Carl D. von Dittersdorf” in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. Apart from playing the double bass, the young musician is a Bulgarian folklore singer. Dea started playing the double bass when she was thirteen after showing an acute interest in music from a very young age. Like Kalina, Dea is also a singer – she started her musical education as a member of the “Bon-bon” children’s vocal group.

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Musical programme

1. Jan Vanhal – Concerto for double bass in D Major, I mov.
2. Jan Jiří Benda – Grave
3. Franz Simandl – Scherzo Capriccioso
4. Miloslav Gajdoš – Scherzino and Songs for two double basses
5. Jan Malat – Duets for two double basses
6. Jiří Linek – Introduction for three double basses
7. Leopold Koželuh – The Partridge
8. Miloslav Gajdoš – Invention and Ragtime



Program, February 22th, 2015

10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here

16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here


workshop-pillow-concerts

On Sunday, February 22th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.


February’s Family of the Month

02.2015

Family Of the Month
“One Pillow Concert every day”

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While we were at the Debussy Pillow Concert we were certain of two things – that Debussy was French and that the Pillow Concerts are addictive. Natali, Ilian and their little daughter Sofia have only been attending our events for a short time but they have been trying to start visiting us since last year. Lured by one of their acquaintances and a very good friend of ours – Ilina Ilinova, they have gone through the struggles of waking up on time and the unexpected cancellation of the first open-air Pillow Concert. However, our Family of February never stopped trying and they have attended almost all of our events this season.

Didi: What are actually Pillow Concerts for you?
Natali: In parts a great way to spend one of the weekend days and I hope they are something useful for the little one in the future.
Ilian: And also a way to introduce her to the classical music.
Natali: She is still very young, only an year and eight months, but I hope that while attending these concerts she will grow up accustomed to this kind of music.
Didi: Which one is the first concert that you managed to attend?
Natali: The Opera Pillow Concert.
Ilian: I think you can add opera elements in every music program.
Didi: It is logical to ask you, which one is your favorite Pillow Concert?
Natali: The Opera Pillow Concert – again. Maybe because it was our first one, and Sofia was very calm, she was actually hypnotized by the music. Well, in the beginning she was frustrated by all the people, but at the moment the music started and the performers begun to sing – she stood still, stared at them and that was it.
Ilian: I suppose this was so because there was both performance, and movement.
Natali: But today’s concert was fantastic as well, based on her reactions.
Didi: Which ones are your favorite instruments?
Ilian: I played as an amateur on piano and accordion, so I can say the piano is my favourite one.

Continuing our conversation surrounded by an improvised percussion concert (the children had the opportunity to play on every instrument used during the Debussy Pillow Concert) we learn that neither of the parents are engaged with music professionally, but are working in the field of IT. Asking them about where their interest in classical music comes from, we learn that the one to blame is the father, Ilian, who has been listening to various classical pieces for as long as he can remember.

Natali: Also at home we play classical music for Sofia. I know that generally it helps the children a lot – it has a great influence on them. And mostly because of the idea for her to get used to good music, because now we are all surrounded by all kind of ignorance and for me this is the way to save the little one. To build her better culture.
Ilian: And to get used to the social environment, too.
Didi: With music a person can fly to different places. Do you like travelling? Do you have a favorite country?
Ilian: Yes, Spain. And going back to the Opera Pillow Concert – Italy.
Natali: Actually, I really enjoy your idea each month to be about a different place.

Though Sofia is still too young to be engaged with music seriously but her parents are already getting acquainted with Modo’s different educational projects and cannot wait until their daughter is 3 years old, so they could become part of some of them.

Natali: The Pillow Concerts are the right way to create some kind of culture among the generations. I wish you to continue growing up and attracting more and more people. It is for the good of absolutely everyone to attend these events. Also, I wish you to have bigger and bigger full houses.
Ilian: I will be very short – one Pillow Concert every day!

Interview by Didi Brankova, Pillow Concerts’ coordinator.
Photography by Minko Minev, http://minkominev.com