9 Mar 2018, 9am
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9 Mar 2018, 10am
1. L.van Beethoven – Sonata op 12, No 1
Allegro con brio
Tema con Variazioni, Andante con moto
2. S. Prokofiev – Five Melodies
--- intermission ---
3. C. Frank – Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major
Allegretto ben moderato
Ben moderato: Recitativo-Fantasia
Allegretto poco mosso
4. M. Ravel - Tzigane
Miroslav Hristov – Violin
Chih-Long Hu - Piano
Prize-winning artists Miroslav Hristov, violin; and Chih-Long Hu, piano, have performed in prestigious venues around the world including New York’s Carnegie Hall, the International Violin Festival of Puerto Rico, and the International Interharmony Festival in Italy. As part of their East Asian tour which includes performances in Shanghai, Taipei, and Kaohsiung, the duo will present some of the most monumental and challenging works for violin and piano.
The program commences with a staple of the classical literature and one of Beethoven’s earliest compositions for this medium, his Sonata for Piano and Violin, No. 1 in D Major. A signature work of the classical style, the beauty and simplicity of this sonata exudes an elegance and nobility that is uniquely Beethoven. From there, the duo looks to the East with an expressive performance of Five Melodies for Violin and Piano by the Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. Written in 1945, the Five Melodies were championed by the legendary violinist, David Oistrakh. In regards to the Five Melodies, Oistrakh commented that, “it is music in which nothing can be omitted, not a single turn of the melody, not a single modulation. It requires the strictest attention to every detail of expression, a fine, but not over-refined execution of each individual intonation, as in the case of well-enunciated singing.”
The second half of the program starts off with the thickly textured and evocative work from the Romantic period, the Violin and Piano Sonata in A Major by composer César Franck. A depiction of love and passion, Franck’s Violin Sonata was a wedding gift to the Belgian violinist, Eugène Ysaÿe.
In a technically thrilling tribute to Gypsy music, the program ends with a burst of energy and emotion with Ravel’s virtuosic rhapsody, Tzigane. Depicting the unconventional style of the Eastern European Gypsy, Ravel’s Tzigane is a work that explores the widest range of sounds and colors from the violin.
Approximately 1 hour 40 minutes
(15 minutes interval)
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- Infants in arms or children below the age of 6 shall not be admitted.
- Children 6 years old and above must purchase ticket for admission.
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Miroslav Hristov, Violin
Violinist Miroslav Hristov was hailed by Fanfare Magazine for his "razor sharp technique" and a "full palette of tonal colors." He presents master classes and performs extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. As a soloist and chamber musician, he has performed in several international festivals and concert series, including the Musical Treasures series in Carnegie Hall, the Interharmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, the Sofia Music Weeks International Festival, The Balabanov House Music Days, and the Big Arts Concert Series in Florida. Dr. Hristov was First Prize winner of the International Violin Competition "Dobrin Petkov," and a prizewinner for the MTNA Collegiate String Performance Competition.
Dr. Hristov has recorded for Centaur, Romeo, Blue Griffin, and Divine Arts record labels, as well as the Bulgarian National Radio. His recordings are broadcast on NPR stations across the country. As part of the internationally-acclaimed Kaleidos Duo with pianist, Vladimir Valjarevic, Dr. Hristov's recordings and performances have received rave reviews from The Strad Magazine, Fanfare, DUMA (Sofia, Bulgaria), and Lucid Culture (New York).
As Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Tennessee School of Music, Dr. Hristov is Founder and Co-Director of the University of Tennessee School of Music's Annual Violin Festival where over 100 participants gather to attend lectures, master classes, and perform alongside world-renowned guest artists. Previously, he taught violin in the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico where he served as Principal Second Violin of the Orquesta de Camara de Monterrey and the Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Nuevo Leon.
Dr. Hristov has presented his research on Eastern European pedagogical methods for violin at conferences around the world, including the International College Music Society Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the American String Teachers Association National Conference, as well as several regional and statewide clinics and conferences. A dedicated teacher, his students have won numerous competitions, and many hold prestigious scholarships and professional appointments. Recent teaching awards include the 2014 Tennessee Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year, the Tennessee Governor's School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher Award, and the University of Tennessee School of Music's Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award.
Dr. Miroslav Hristov is also Founder and Director of the University of Tennessee's Ready for the World Music Series, which brings renowned artists to perform and talk about musical styles and literature from diverse regions around the world, emphasizing each region's contribution to western classical music.
Chih-Long Hu, Piano
A native of Taiwan, pianist Chih-Long Hu’s performance career was launched after receiving honors including the Taipei National Concert Hall Arising Star, the Chi-Mei Artist Award, and prizes from the Mauro Monopoli International Piano Competition in Italy, the Concurs International De Piano D'Escaldes-Engordany in Andorra, the Takamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan, and San Jose International Piano Competition in California.
An active performer, Hu performs extensively in Asia, Europe, and America appearing as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. His recent performance highlights include concerto performances of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 2, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, solo and chamber recitals in China, Taiwan, Korea, Canada, and throughout the US. Hu’s performances have been broadcast in "Performance Today" through NPR stations across the country and televised in Taiwan, China and Japan. His CD albums "Formosa Caprices," “Complete Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableaux,” and “Trifecta Trio” have received critical acclaim. His latest album of Bach Goldberg Variations has been released under Blue Griffin Recording.
Named “Teacher of the Year” by the Tennessee Music Teachers Association, Hu is frequently invited to give lectures and master classes, as well as to judge international and national competitions. Hu is the artistic director of St. Andrews Piano Academy and Festival International (New Brunswick), as well as the New York International Piano Festival.
Hu holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Michigan, a master's degree from Taipei National University of the Arts, and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from National Taiwan University. His piano teachers include Arthur Greene, Hung-Kuan Chen, and Tai-Cheng Chen. Dr. Hu has served on the faculty at East Tennessee State University, and was appointed the Sandra G. Powell Endowed Professor of Piano at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2016.
“Despite razor-sharp technique, Hristov doesn't focus on the music's pyrotechnical aspects, but also a melodic style adapted to intimate expression."
— Robert Maxham, Fanfare: The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, 2014
“The performance by Hristov and Hu was completely sublime.”
— Daniel Nina, El Post Antillano, 2013
“...bracingly vivid…fascinatingly eclectic...intuitive performance..."
— Delarue, Lucid Culture: Jazz,Classical Music and the Arts in New York City , 2012
“Finely honed, richly hued tone…”
— Jerry Dubins, Fanfare: The Magazine for Serious Record Collectors, 2012
“…fine technique and a full palette of tonal colors.”
— Maria Nockin, Fanfare: The Magazine for Serious Record Collector. 2012.