Baroque Pillow Concert


Sunday, February 21th, 2016
11:00 and 17:00
Union of the architects in Bulgaria
Sofia,11 Krakra Str.



Four exceptional musicians are arriving from Amsterdam especially for the Baroque Pillow Concert. The Japanese violinist Noyuri Hazama is a winner of some of the most prestigious awards for baroque violinists in the world and is having a thriving career in her homeland. The Spanish flutist Pablo Sosa del Rosario is active in various baroque ensembles while pursuing his Master’s Degree in The Netherlands. Alon Portal will join in with his viola da gamba having the experience of performing with conductors such as Frans Brüggen and the Eighteen Century Orchestra. The only Bulgarian in the group, Yana Borisova, was enchanted by the harpsichord at the Juilliard School and has played in famous venues as Alice Tully Hall in New York, Esplanade in Singaporе and the Tokyo Opera House.

Unusual instruments and incredibly intriguing performers will allow us to immerse ourselves in the baroque atmosphere that was ruling the art world more than 300 years ago. Precise details, floral motives and beautiful ornaments are the most characteristic elements in this period’s clothing. The travel back in time will be even more exciting if little and grown up classical music fans use their imagination and add a baroque flair in their otherwise contemporary appearance. As in all other Pillow Concerts of this season, there will also be a Best Costume Award for our most creative admirer. The Pillow Workshop will offer an opportunity for some extra finishings in the costume by producing appropriate elements in the baroque style.


Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva



Noyuri Hazama, violin
Alon Portal, viola da gamba
Pablo Sosa del Rosario, flute
Yana Borisova, harpsichord

Host: Irina Parvanova

Noyuri Hazama portrait

Noyuri Hazama graduated first on the list of Toho Gakuen Music High School and Toho Gakuen College Music Department. She received a bachelor’s degree in baroque violin under Ryo Terakado at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree there as a scholarship student. She has performed throughout Europe and Asia – Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Spain, France, Belgium, Portugal, United Kingdom and The Netherlands. In 2015, Noyuri has won the top prize in the Premio Bonporti – International Baroque Violin Competition, Third Prize in the All Japan Students Music Competition, First Prize in the Japan-German Exchange Festival, an award in the Japan Mozart Music Competition. She was invited by Jugend Musiziert and gave concerts in various places in Germany. The violinist is a member of the Bach Collegium Japan, Classical Players Tokyo, Dutch Baroque Orchestra and is a concertmaster of Majora Canamus Tokyo. Since 2007, Noyuri has performed annually for La folle Journée au Japon and played at the Masterpieces of NHK Music. SIn 2015, she performed at the BBC Proms with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, won the Second Prize in The International Early Music Competition in Val de Loire, played in the Internationale Händel-Festspiele Göttingen and was invited for the Early Music Festival in Lagos (Academia de Música de Lagos). She was selected for the 2015 Emerging program of Ambronay and will be part of the Festival d’Ambronay and the York Early Music Festival in 2016 with The Goldfinch Ensemble.

Alon Portal was born in Israel аnd has studied at the Jerusalem Music Academy. During the time he studied in Jerusalem, Alon was a member of the Barrocade Ensemble and has received the America-Israel cultural foundation scholarship. Afterwards, Alon graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague where he studied viola da gamba with Mieneke van der Velden, Philippe Pierlot and historical double bass with Margaret Urquhart. In The Netherlands, Alon has played with conductors and ensembles such as Frans Brüggen and The Orchestra of the 18th Century, Peter van Heyghen, Patrick Cohën-Akenine, Symphonie Atlantique, NordBarok, Stichting Dutch Baroque, Ton Koopman, Circulo Bach in Madrid, and others. In the summer 2014, Alon won 1st prize at the AMUZ (Antwerp) chamber music competition. He has played in festivals such as the Utrecht early music festival, Potsdam Sanssouci Festival, Eilat Festival for Chamber Music, Dordrecht Bach Festival, Abu Gosh Festival and others.



Pablo was born in Tenerife and he studied flute in the conservatory of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Royal Conservatory of Madrid – both of which he graduated from with honors. While in Madrid he became interested in early music and started playing the traverso. In 2013 he was admitted at the Early Music Performance Master’s programme in Barcelona, where he studied traverso with Marc Hantai. Currently, he is a master’s student with baroque and classical flute in Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag with Wilbert Hazelzet and Kate Clark. He was part of The Goldfinch Ensemble, when they were awarded the second prize at the International Early Music Competition in Loire Valley (France) with the conductor William Christie as a chair the jury. Pablo has played in other early music ensembles like Luthers Bach Ensemble and Kapella 19. He has also participated in a project with the Eighteenth Century Orchestra, conducted by Marcus Creed, as well as other projects with Pieter-Jan Belder and Kate Clark. He has played modern flute in the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid, Orquesta Filarmonía, Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid and Joven Orquesta de Canarias.

Yana Borisova begins her music education at the age of six, studying the piano at the National School of Music in Bulgaria. After completion of the bachelor’s degree program in piano performance at the Cleveland Institute of Music, she merges herself into the world of historical performance with the harpsichord and is accepted into the early music master’s degree program at the Juilliard School in New York with a full scholarship. While at Juilliard she has the opportunity to work with some of the most celebrated musicians in the early music field including Masaaki Suzuki, Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Richard Egarr, and Monica Huggett and perform in concert halls such as Alice Tully Hall, New York; Esplanade, Singapore; the Tokyo Opera House. During her studies as well as in summer courses and master classes she had lessons with Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Béatrice Martin, Ketil Haugsand, Skip Sempé, Jörg-Andreas Bötticher, Harry Bicket, Riccardo Minasi, Jaap ter Linden, Emma Kirkby. In 2014 Yana had a chance to perform at the Fringe concert series at the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht. Afterwards, she was invited to participate in The Art of the Baroque Festival in Sofia, and also took part of the art forum for antique/contemporary music, visual arts, theatre and dance 180 degrees in Sofia. Currently, Yana is continuing her early keyboards studies with Richard Egarr at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where she explores the repertoire on both harpsichord and fortepiano.

Yana Borisova


Musical programme

Jean-Henri d’Anglebert
Unmeasured prelude

Francois Couperin
Deuxième Concert Royaux

Élizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre
Sonata for violin and basso continuo No. 2

François Couperin
Suite La française from Les Nations

Jeanne-Philippe Rameau
Pieces de Clavecin en concert No. 5

Program, February 21, 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


On Sunday, February 21th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.