October 6, 2022/Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov
Conductor: Simon Pavlov
Soloist: Antonio Di Cristofano – piano /Itali/
R. Schumann – Piano Concerto in A minor, op.54
J. Brahms – Symphony No. 2, Op. 73
Antonio Di Cristofano
Antonio Di Cristofano completed his piano studies in 1986 at the Conservatory “L.Cherubini” in Florence, under the supervision of M° Bacchelli. He has perfected with M° Damerini. He played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the University of Milan, Strings Orchestra “Cantelli” of Milan, Chamber Orchestra of Florence, Symphony Orchestra of Lecce, Magna Grecia Orchestra, Sicily Symphony Orchestra, Solisti Aquilani, Milano Classica Orchestra, Sinfonica Abbruzzese, Sanremo Orchestra, FVG Mittleurope Orchestra, Radio Orchestra of Bucarest, Orquesta Sinfonica de l’Estado de Mexico, University Orchestra of Houston, Radiotelevision Albania Orchestra, Istanbul Chamber Orchestra, Praga Radio Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philarmonic, Czech Philarmonic Orchestra, Izmir Symphony Orchestra, Iasi State Philarmonic, Wiener Mozart Orchestra, Toronto Sinfonia, Philarmonique de Montreal, Jerusalem Symphony, Slovak Filharmonie, Kaerntner Sinfonieorchester, Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Players, Orquestra do Norte, Sinfonica di Sao Paulo, Thuringen Orchestra, Moravian Philharmonic, Euro Sinfonietta Wien and recently with La Scala Milan Orchestra, with conductors like G. Taverna, M. Bosch, M. Alsop, C. Schulz, M. Zanini, C. Olivieri-Munroe, L. Svarovsky, A. Chernushenko, M. Sieghart and many others. He played, in Italy, for the most important Festival: the “Verdi Theatre” in Florence, the “Festival dei Due Mondi” in Spoleto, “Asolo Musica”, the Theatre of Alessandria, the “Bibbiena Theatre” in Mantova, the “Puccini Hall” at the Conservatory “G.Verdi” in Milan, “Politeama Theatre” in Palermo, “Auditorium San Barnaba” in Brescia, Festival Duni in Matera, etc., in Romania Enescu Festival in Bucarest, Espana (Festival de Vigo, Toledo Festival, Jeunesses Musicales de Sevilla), Mexico (Belles Artes Palacio, Revueltas Auditorium), USA (Moores Opera House of Houston, Gates Concert Hall in Denver, Washington International Piano Festival, ecc), Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir and Adana), Croatia (Dubrovnik – Rector Palace), Czech Republic (Praga – Smetana Hall and Dvorak Hall), Russia (Ciaikovsky Conservatoire), South Korea (Seoul – Leeum Auditorium), France (Nancyphonies Festival), Austria (Konzerthaus – Klagenfurt), Germany (Gasteig – Munich), Chopin Society Warsaw, Canada (Toronto – Glenn Gould Studio), Grieg Festival in Norway, Yamaha Concert Hall in Tokyo, Shanghay and Shenzen piano festival an Hong Kong City Hall (China), Swiss, Albania, Israel, England, Portugal, Bulgary, Ukraine, Belgium, Brasil, Serbia, Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, Estonia, Finland, Egypt, ecc. He recorded cds with Velut Luna and Millenium label and recently a newone titled Encores.
In 2006 and 2007 he mades the debut in Carnegie Hall – New York and in Konzerthaus and Golden Hall MusikVerein in Wien. He is often invited as a judge in international Piano Competition (Compositores de Espana – Madrid, Varallo, Cantù, Osijek, Gante – Pordenone, Parigi, Viardo – Belmont, Rachmaninov – Moscow, Iturbi – Valencia, Parnassos – Monterrey, Astana Merei International Competition -Astana, Baltic piano Competition -Gdansk, Bajic Memorial -Novi Sad, Hong Kong International Young Pianist Competition, Nordic Piano Competition – Malmoe, Mozart Piano Competition – Aachen, Louisiana Piano Competition, Cleveland Piano Competition, ecc) and to teach in Ciaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, Valencia Conservatory, in the Summer Academy in Dubrovnik, in Shanghay, Xiamen and Ningbo Conservatory in China, in the SMC Academy in Seoul, In Valletta International Piano Festival, in Sofia Conservatory, in Thessaloniki Conservatory, in The Orpheus Academy in Wien and in many USA University.
He received three times the Paul Harrys Fellows from Rotary Club.
He is Guest Professor at the Xiamen Conservatory in China and in the Summer Academy Orpheus in Wien. In 2018, he received the “Grifone d’Oro Prize” from the Grosseto City.
Simon Pavlov was born in 1999 in Sliven. He started playing the piano at the age of 8 in his hometown with Elena Angelova. Graduated from NUMSI “Hristina Morfova” – Stara Zagora with a specialty in “Piano” with teachers Zlatka Doncheva and Milena Alexandrova. In 2018, he was admitted to the NMA “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” majoring in “Opera-Symphonic Conducting” in the class of Prof. Dr. Grigor Palikarov and “Piano” in the class of Prof. Dr. Daniela Andonova, and in 2019 he started studying “Musicology” with a profile history of music with Prof. Dr. Natasha Yapova. She is currently studying piano with Prof. Dr. Margarita Ilieva.
He is a laureate of numerous national and international competitions, including: International Piano Competition “Craiova – Piano” – Craiova, Romania; International competition “Music and the Earth” – Sofia; International Piano Competition “Classics and Contemporary” – Stara Zagora; National competition for singers and instrumentalists “Svetoslav Obretenov” – Provadia; Academic Piano Competition “Chopin – Vladigerov” – Sofia; National competition “Varban Varbanov” – Burgas; National competition “Children of Bulgaria sing, dance, draw” – Shumen; National Music Competition “Milcho Petrov” – Plovdiv; National Music Festival “Misho Todorov” – Sliven and others.
He completed master classes in piano and chamber music with Prof. Tatevik Mokatsyan, “Et Arsis Piano Quartett”, Andreas Reiner, Rebecca Hartmann, Acad. Atanas Kurtev, Prof. Emma Tahmizian, Prof. Markus Prause, Prof. Vlad Dimulescu, Prof. Manuela Mihailescu and others.
He is the winner of the “Mlada Zagora” award for his contribution to culture and art in the city of Stara Zagora. He is a member of Club 2016 in the “Successful Children of Bulgaria” project of the “Dimitar Berbatov” Foundation and is a multiple scholarship recipient of the “Comunitas” Foundation. Participates in events of the Minyu Balkanski Foundation in Bulgaria and France. He also performs at the forums “Sofia Music Weeks”, “European Music Festival”, “Festival of Brazilian Classical Music” and others.
Many times he soloed in orchestras under the baton of Georgi Dimitrov, Krasimir Kushev and Raicho Hristov. He made his conducting debut on the stage of the Stara Zagora State Opera. He also conducts the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the NMA “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov”, Symphony Orchestra – Pazardzhik and KO “Dianopolis”.
Since 2019, he has been a pianist in the “Morfova-Prokopova” Women’s Choir with conductor Assoc. Dr. Iliya Gramatikov. In the same year, he joined the team of the “ppIANISSIMO” International Festival for the Performance of Contemporary Piano Music. Since 2020, he has been a part-time tutor at the “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” MA. Since 2021, he has been working as a conductor in the Sliven Symphony Orchestra, and since 2022 – as an assistant conductor in the Pioneer Philharmonic.
October 20, 2022 /Thursday/
18.30 hours Hall “M-Ro G.Atanasov
Conductor and Soloist: Marcello De Vita
V. A. Mozart – Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K 271
L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 1, Op. 21
Marcello De Vita
Born in Florence, Italy, Marcello De Vita is an Italo-French pianist and conductor. He completed his Bachelor with highest honors and a special mention in piano under Orazio Maione at Campobasso “L. Perosi” Conservatory, where he also studied Chamber Music with Marco Grisanti. In 2011 and 2014 he performed at the Teatro Keiros in Rome. He has participated in masterclasses at Nancy and Nizza Conservatory with Henri Barda, Fernando Rossano, Michel Beroff, at the Accademia Filarmonica Romana with Ramin Bahrami, at the Alberto Napolitano pianoforti with Antonio Pompa-Baldi, at the Associazione Leonardo in the city of Nepi with Michele Marvulli and at the Campus Musica of Sermoneta with Elissò Virsaldze. In october 2013 he performed at the Caracas festival “El piano”, as a soloist as well as with the Orquesta Sinfònica Juvenil de Carabobo for the “Sistema National de Orquestas y Coros juveniles e infantiles de Venezuela” at the Centro Nacional de Acciòn Social por la Musica. In october 2014 he was admitted to the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole, where he attended the advanced class for solo piano with Andrea Lucchesini and graduated in 2017. In 2016 he performed at the MG concerts in Bruxelles. In July 2017 he performed at the Spoleto festival “FESTIVAL DEI DUE MONDI”. In April 2018 he performed at the XX edition of the spring concerts at the Lutheran Church in Napoli. In July 2018 he was selected to perform at the Festival “Naturalmente Pianoforte” fourth edition wich took place at the Parco delle foreste casentinesi (Tuscany). He reguarly works with the Deutsches institut in Florence where in 2020 he held the conference to celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250 anniversary. He completed his Master with highest honors and a special mention in piano under Giovanna Prestia at Florence “L. Cherubini” Conservatory. He studies conducting with Simone Ori and Giancarlo Guarino. He was selected and attended the conducting Masterclass in Palermo with Ennio Nicotra, founder of the Ilya Musin Society in Italy, the “Florence Conducting Masterclass” with M° Gyorgy G. Rath,where he had the opportunity to work with the Orchestra del Maggio Fiorentino.