Tuesday, February 9, 2010

French impressionism meets argentine tango in the performance of pianist Maria Martinova and violinist David Nuñez

The next concert organized by TanguerIN will provide a meeting point for the lovers of classical and tango music and will take place on 27 February from 7.30 pm in the Concert Hall of the National Music School "Lubomir Pipkov" in Sofia. The title of the concert is "Paris - Buenos Aires" and it will be performed by Bulgarian pianist Maria Martinova, who lives and works in the Netherlands and Venezualan-born violinist David Nuñez, currently residing in Belgium.


For those who love sophisticated music this is a unique trip across time and space, presenting compositions inspired by two magnificent cities during two extraordinary eras for their musical cultures. The concert draws a parallel between Paris and Buenos Aires and their renowned innovative composers. From one side stand Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel, the most notable representatives of French music from the start of the XX century and of classical modernism in general. From the other side we have the argentine composers and musicians from the second half of XX century, who made a revolution in argentine tango led by the great Astor Piazzolla

The beautiful and passionate music of these composers is performed by two young and extremely talented musicians who have already left their footprints in contemporary classical music and tango: Bulgarian-born pianist Maria Martinova, who now lives and works in the Netherlands, and Venezualian violinist David Nuñez who currently lives and works in Belgium. Some of the pieces from the concert will be performed for the first time in Bulgaria.


Part 1: PARIS

1. Claude Debussy - C'est l'extase
2-4. Claude Debussy - Sonata for Violin and Piano
5. Maurice Ravel - Habanera
6-8. Maurice Ravel - Sonata for Violin and Piano


1. Antonio Agri - s.d. De Nada
2. Gustavo Beytelmann - Bethsheba
3. Bardi/Tripodi - Nunca Tuvo Novio
4. Horacio Salgan - La Llamo Silbando
5. Astor Piazzolla - Libertango
6. Astor Piazzolla - Oblivion
7. Astor Piazzolla - Le Grand Tango


Tickets are on sale in the network of Ticket Plus and online on http://ticketplus.bg. Tickets are also available from the Cantus Firmus/Ticketsbg box office at Bulgaria Concert Hall. The price is 16 leva when purchased in advance and 20 lv. at the venue in the day of the concert. Each ticket entitles its purchaser to a 5 leva discount from the price any tango class or workshop in March 2010 at TanguerIN Studio.


MARIA MARTINOVA (PIANO). Born in Varna, Bulgaria, Maria began playing the piano at the age of seven, inspired by a rich heritage of musicians and artists in her family. She completed her early training at the Varna School of Music and Arts, finishing with the highest distinction prior to being accepted at the Bulgarian National Conservatory. Her studies there were interrupted after only two years by an invitation to attend the Juilliard School in New York City, where she was accepted as a recipient of the Vladimir Horowitz Scholarship. At Juilliard she studied with Yoheved Kaplinsky and Joseph Kalichstein, as well as Felix Galimir, Albert Fuller and Samuel Sanders. Maria holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Juilliard and a Master of Music degree from the Royal Academy of Music, where she was a student of Hamish Milne and won the Foundation and the Leverhulme Awards. She also taught on behalf of the Royal Academy of Music for several years.

As a multifaceted performer-would it be in a recital, as a soloist with orchestra or as a chamber musician, in the classical or contemporary repertoire-Maria's engagements have taken her to such venues as Jahrhundert Halle in Germany, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, De Doelen, Podium Twente, Jurriaanse Zaal, Stadsgehoorzaal and Lucent Danstheater in Holland, De Roma in Belgium, St. Martin-in-the Fields, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Chelsea Arts Club in London, Wiener Recital Hall in Salzburg, Alice Tully Hall, the National Arts Club and the Kosciuszko Foundation in New York, Recital Hall ‘Bulgaria', Studio 1 of Bulgarian National Radio, Varna Festival and State Halls and the Varna Opera and Theatre Hall. She has been broadcast on Bulgarian and Dutch National Radio networks and has performed for the Bulgarian National Television. Maria has appeared at the Ruhr Piano Festival, the Mozarteum, London Bach Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Cambridge Summer Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Varna Summer International Music Festival, Sofia Music Weeks, March Music Days, FOCUS! Festival for Contemporary Music, ppIANISSIMO Festival of Contemporary Music and IMS Prussia Cove. Her many awards include First Prize and Special Prize at the International Svetoslav Obretenov Competition, First Prize at the Marsala International Piano Competition, First Prize and Special Prize of Presto Music House at the Earth and People International Competition for Instrumentalists, the ‘Extraordinary Absolute Prize' and Special Prize after Dimitar Nenov's name at the Dimitar Nenov National Competition, First Prize at the Competition for Best Performance of a piece written by a Czech or Slovak composer, First Prize at the Golden Diana National Competition for Chamber Ensembles and the Lilian Davies Prize for best performance of a Beethoven Sonata at the Royal Academy of Music.

She has worked with such eminent musicians as Alexander Toradze, Maria Curcio, Peter Feuchtwanger, Germaine Mounier, John O'Conor, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Peter Donohoe, Alexander Satz and Claus-Christian Schuster. Maria was invited by Alexander Toradze to join the Toradze Studio for concerts at the Ruhr Piano Festival. Having been selected by Alexis Weissenberg himself, she participated in the Maestro's prestigious Master Class where she was awarded First Prize. Currently she is working with Tango maestro Gustavo Beytelmann and is an assistant of Aquiles Delle Vigne  (a pupil of Claudio Arrau) at the Rotterdam Conservatory.

Maria is also quickly establishing herself as a new name on the European tango scene, both as a founding member of TANGUARDA and a pianist for Gran Orquesta Tipica OTRA. She has had the chance to work with tango musicians such as Alfredo Marcucci, Pablo Agri, Juan Estaban Cuacci, Javier Cohen, Juan Carlos Cuacci, Victor Villena, Leo Vervelde and Wim Warman.

Her recording of the Vipere au Poing Solo Piano Suite for the soundtrack of the French film "Vipere au Poing" was released by EMI.

Maria Martinova's official site is www.mariamartinova.com.

DAVID NUÑEZ (VIOLIN). A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, Belgium,where he was conferred on the "First Award" and "Higher Diploma"- Major Distinction diplomas upon completion of his studies with Professor Katalyn Sebestien, the "Violin Master's" - Major Distinction diploma, after completing his studies with Maestro Igor Oistrakh; and the "Chamber Music First Award"- Major Distinction and the "Chamber Music Higher Diploma"- Major Distinction diplomas. He also was awarded the "Master Composer" diploma by this prestigious institution.

David Nuñez is a Venezuelan who has resided in Brussels since 1991, where he has participated in different chamber music groups. His successful duo with Belgian guitar player Tom Pauwels is particularly worth highlighting as they have performed together several concerts and recording sessions for the radio, thereby encouraging different important composers to write music especially for them. In 1998, they baptized the Compact Disc "Concert Aujourd'hui". In 1999, they participated in two major international competitions: the famous "Decouverte Classique 1999 de l'Euroregion" organized by the Organization of European Soloists, where they were awarded the First Prize, and the "Third Osaka International Chamber Music Competition", held in Osaka, Japan, where they obtained the Bronze Medal. His orchestra career as a soloist includes presentations with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico, the Symphony Orchestra of Bristol, England, and the most important Symphony Orchestras of Venezuela. He has lectured on violin for the Venezuela's Youth Orchestra Movement, in Santiago de Chile, and as an Assistant Professor at the International Music Course in Morges, Switzerland. Since 1996, he has participated as a composer and a performer in the Black Jacketts Company Contemporary Music Ensemble, where he has presented some of his music works for the first time. Currently he is the leader of Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles.