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Internationally Acclaimed Bulgarian Virtuosi in Concert at Carnegie Hall Weill Recital Hall on Sunday, April 29, 2007

Read a Review of the April 29, 2007 New York Performance Here. Hear A New Interview With The Bulgarian Virtuosi's Cellist Kalin Ivanov

New York, NY - The internationally acclaimed Bulgarian Virtuosi will be in concert on Sunday, April 29 - 2:00 PM at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 154 W. 57th Street in Manhattan, presented by Bulgarian Virtuosi Artists.

Performers will include the Bulgarian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Stefan Linev, Music Director and Conductor, violinist David Bowlin, cellist Kalin Ivanov and clarinetist Todd Brunel. Performer biographical information is included below.

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Repertoire for this concert will be three 20th and 21st century works from Bulgarian composers: Krassimir Kyurkchiyski's 3 Pieces for Strings, Marin Goleminovs' 3 Sketches for Strings and Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin's Concerto for Violin and Strings, along with contemporary American composer Rick Sowash's Concerto for Cello with Strings and Clarinet. The Karastoyanova-Hermentin and Sowash works will both be World Premieres.

Tickets for this concert are $30 and $20 for students and seniors. For tickets and more information, call Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 or visit them online at http://www.carnegiehall.org.

Rick Sowash's Concerto for Cello with Strings and Clarinet, which was commissioned by Kalin Ivanov, is in four movements: I. Hymns and Fugues, II. Bulgarian Blues; III. Sorbet and IV. Finale. He has written about himself, "Rick Sowash lives by his wits: composing, publishing sheet music and producing CDs of his original compositions, which are broadcast on many American classical music stations. Rick's music comprised the film score of the PBS documentary: "Ohio: 200 Years." His Clarinet Quintet was premiered in Paris in 1996. Two of his recent chamber works won acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. Rick lives with Jo, his wife of 34 years, in Cincinnati, Ohio." More about the composer at http://www.sowash.com/.

Russian-Bulgarian composer and pianist Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin was born in Moscow, where she studied piano and composition. She continued her studies in Sofia, Bulgaria and in Salzburg. Her compositions have been played worldwide by orchestras and ensembles such as Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Da Capo Chamber Players and the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik (ÖENM). She has received commissions from the Salzburg Government for the VIVA! Mozart exhibition celebrating Mozart's 250th birthday, ORF (Austrian National Broadcasting), stArt-Festival Salzburg and the HAMS Competition in Chicago. She has also participated in many festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

Bulgarian Virtuosi Artists was founded in 1995 as a New York - based music society formed by prominent Bulgarian cellist Kalin Ivanov. An exciting group of performers, the B.V.A. provides opportunities for some of the finest Bulgarian musicians to perform on concert stages all over the U.S. and in Europe. In 2003, B.V.A. celebrated its eighth year anniversary concert season with the presentation of the new CD label Bulgarian Virtuosi and series of performances in the U.S. Much more about them at http://www.bulgarianvirtuosi.com

Press inquiries and requests for interviews with the Bulgarian Virtuosi should be directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net

Bulgarian Virtuosi Performer Bios

Stefan Linev is an internationally recognized conductor who has been widely acclaimed for his creative approach to programming and his inspired performances. A native of Bulgaria, Mr. Linev graduated from Sofia Music Academy. In 1990-91 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University working with Eleazar DeCarvalho. At age 28 he was appointed Music Director of the Varna State Philharmonic and later accepted the position of Music Director of the Russe Opera House in Bulgaria. In 2004 he made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Young Soloist Chamber Orchestra of New York. He has made more then 500 appearances across Europe and given many performances in Bulgaria as a guest conductor of the top Bulgarian Orchestras. More about him at http://www.bulgarianvirtuosi.com.

Violinist David Bowlin is an active performer of new music and is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), which performs actively throughout North America. He is also a member of the Naumburg Award-winning Da Capo Chamber Players, with whom he has toured extensively in the US and former Soviet Union. As a chamber musician, David has performed in New York at such venues as Weill Recital Hall, Bargemusic, Alice Tully Hall, the Knitting Factory, Miller Theater, and Merkin Concert Hall. More about him online at http://www.iceorg.org/about/artist/bowlin.html.

Internationally acclaimed Bulgarian cello virtuoso Kalin Ivanov has been called "one of the most celebrated cellists of his generation." by Musical Opinion in the UK and by The Strad as artist possessing "dramatic urgency and expressive tone." He has performed as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, France, England, Russia and the U.S. He has appeared in radio and TV broadcasts in New York, Russia, Bulgaria, and across Europe on the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Eurocom TV. Mr. Ivanov is the subject of a one-hour film biography by Bulgarian National TV, broadcast in Bulgaria and internationally and was the featured performer in an Emmy Award-nominated short film "Study with the Best" by CUNY TV. He has recorded three CDs, the latest of which, Enchanted Rhythms, was released to great critical acclaim on MSR Classics in May of 2006. For more about him, visit http://www.bulgarianvirtuosi.com.

Clarinetist Todd Brunel is a critically acclaimed advocate of new and improvised musical styles. "Tremendous virtuosity and heart," The Boston Globe. He has premiered works by numerous composers including Matthew D. Harder, The Alta Voz Composers Alliance, Vuk Kulenovic, Ludmilla Germain, Arnesto Klar, Pamela Watson, Vache Sharyfyan and composer/conductor Lawrence 'Butch' Morris. He is a founding member of several groups and has played principal clarinet with ALEA III, the Opera Ebony of Harlem and the American Opera Musical Theater company. Brunel has made guest appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Winter Sun Music festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the SEAMUS Festival, the National Black Arts Festival, The Art Beat Festival, and the Electric Rainbow Coalition Festival at Dartmouth College. Much more about him at: http://www.clarinetconspiracy.com.


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