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World Artists Experiences
Presents a virtual performance featuring
Georgy Valtchev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano
A BULGARIAN MUSICAL JOURNEY
The performance followed by questions and answers
7:00 pm, September 10, 2020
On Zoom (see the link below)
Georgy Valtchev and Lora Tchekoratova
In March 2018, WAE was fortunate to sponsor "Musical Journey to Bulgaria" performed by Bulgarian musicians Lora Tchekoratova, pianist, and Georgy Valtchev, violinist. The Bulgarian duo has appeared throughout the United States and Europe to critical acclaim by enthusiastic audiences. Graduates of the Juilliard School of Music, the musicians frequently appear in New York City venues as well as the Kennedy Center and at international music festivals. Their goal is to introduce music from the Balkans to the Western stage.
We now have the opportunity to enjoy them again in a new program: "A Bulgarian Musical Journey".
Greeting by Ambassador
Music and Explanation of Bulgarian Composers
- Pancho Vladigerov Chimmy de concert
- Lubomir Pipkov Pastorale
- Milcho Leviev Sonata for violin and piano
- Georgi Zlatev Cherkin Sevdana
- Dobrinka Tabakova Rodopa
- Pancho Vladigerov Grand Choro
Questions and answers.
A Bulgarian Musical Journey
7:00 pm, September 10, 2020 Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 943 1482 9072
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Georgy Valtchev, violin
Lora Tchekoratova, piano
Performing together as violin and piano duo since 1996, Valtchev and Tchekoratova were first presented to the public at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in concert, entitled Musical Treasures from Bulgaria under the sponsorship of the Cyril and Methodius International Foundation. Ever since, the artists have appeared together in numerous recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States and Europe to great audience and critical acclaim.
Their adventurous programming has led them to musical explorations and collaborations with contemporary composers and has inspired them to create platforms for cultural exchange between the United States and other cultures. The duo often presents the works of American composers in Bulgaria and vice versa, bringing music from the Balkans to the Western stages.
The duo appears regularly at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, and at many international chamber music festivals and concert series, including Sofia Music Weeks and Apolonia in Bulgaria, Baståd Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, the Deerfield Memorial Hall Summer Concerts and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
The artists' program "East of Budapest", featuring composers from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Albania, was presented at universities across the country, including New York University (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World), Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Their debut CD of Béla Bartók's Violin and Piano Rhapsodies and Sonatas is available on Gega New through ArkivMusic.
Lora and Georgy are both distinguished Juilliard graduates. Lora received her Doctor of Musical Arts under the guidance of the great American pianist Seymour Lipkin and the contemporary music champion Joel Sachs. Georgy was a pupil of the world-renowned violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Their duo projects have been supported by numerous grants and awards by the American Foundation for Bulgaria, the Kitterege Fund, The Arthur Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
The duo has performed the majority of the standard classical violin and piano repertoire, most notably the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin (in three concerts), the three Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin as well as the sonata for Violin and Piano of Ravel, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart, Faure, Franck, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Grieg. In addition, they frequently program the works of Yanacek, Enescu, Bartok, Vladigeroff, Leviev, Tabakova, and many other 20th and 21st century masters.
In August 2018, Lora and Georgy launched "The Off the Beaten Path Chamber Music Festival" in the village of Kovachevitsa, South Western Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria.