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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 16    September-October 2012
Featured Artists




Denitsa Laffchieva  
Denitsa Laffchieva
Principal Clarinet with Sinfonia Finlandia



2012 has been an exceptionally busy and rewarding year for Mrs. Laffchieva. Earlier this year, the artist recorded Cimarosa's Clarinet Concerto in C for Naxos, and participated in the Contemporary Chamber Music Festival Alvar Alto

in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Mrs. Laffchieva performed Strauss' Duett Concertino for Clarinet and Bassoon

along with Sanna Hihnala-bassoon, Sinfonia Finlandia, and Conductor Patrick Gallois.


She also performed at the Chamber Music Concert with Sinfonia Finlandia SF String Quarted (Weber Clarinet Quinted):

Patrick Gallois-flute, Alexander Zemtsov, viola, and Maria Prinz-piano.


During the first part of the year, Mrs. Laffchieva made several other appearances throughout Europe: in Bulgaria, a concert with Sasha and Milena Mollova; and at the Little Venice London Concert Series-Clarinet Trios with Alexander Zemtsov-viola, Denitsa Laffchieva-clarinet, and Mihkel Poll-piano. In the summer of this year, she participated in the Ost West Music Fest St. Polten Festival, in St. Polten, Austria, as part of a clarinet trio with Alexander Zetsov-viola and Thomas Hlawatsch-piano.


In August, Mrs. Laffchieva made an on-air appearance on Concert Performance Live on BBC Radio 3, In Tune Programme with Brahms Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano with Jamie Walton-cello and Ian Brown. 

 She also joined the North York Moors Festival (August 12-25).



At the end of September, she returns to Finland for the season start. Her upcoming program includes part in the Port de Soller Festival, Palma de Mallorka, where she will perform Schumann Fantasy Pieces with Clarinet Trios: Alexander Zemtsov-viola and Alexander Malter-piano (October 5-10).



2012 Master Classes

1. National School of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria (March)

2. International Summer Academy, Nice, France (July 17-23)

3. Ostwestmusikfest,
St. Polten, Austria

(July 24-August 1)


2012 Radio Appearances

1. An hour-long interview updating the audience on the artist's recent activities; Bulgarian National Radio (March)

2. Live performance and interview; In Tune Programme, BBC, London (August) 




BBC Radio 3
In Tune Programme



North York Moors Musicians 



Brahms Clarinet Trio


Denitsa Laffchieva, Clarinet




Brahms Double, Allegro(part 1), Hristo Popov, violin & Kalin Ivanov, cello

Live from the Rudolfinum - Dvorak Hall, Prague


Brahms Double Concerto  



Marlon Daniel, Conductor 


Hristo Popov, violin  

Kalin Ivanov, cello


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It is my pleasure to connect with you at this time of
the year. As we celebrate the changing of the seasons,
it seems fitting to inform you of notable events, exciting developments, and future plans of our colleagues-some familiar and some I am delighted to introduce to you for the first time in our current issue.
Let us welcome the achievements of our artists during
the past few months as well as what is coming up next!
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Master Class and Performance of Kalin Ivanov at the Summit Music Festival, New York (June, 2012)
Master Class and Performance of Kalin Ivanov, cello with Emil Chudnovsky, violin and Mark Pakman, piano,  New York,
 July 2012


Kalin Ivanov enjoyed wonderful travels for business and pleasure in

Europe during August and early September. 


Only few weeks ago, 

he returned to New York City from Bulgaria, where

he gave Cello and Chamber Music Master Classes to students at the National School of Arts PANAYOT PIPKOV, the same school where Kalin took his first cello lessons, in his hometown of Pleven, Bulgaria.


Kalin Ivanov was featured in a live performance and interview on MINDING YOUR BUSINESS Show! on

September 4th, 2012 on Ch. 2 in Manhattan; Time Warner Ch. 56; RCN Ch. 83; and Verizon Ch. 34
The show was available to view worldwide on the

Internet at


Also in September, Mr. Ivanov was selected as the Artistic Director of the Chamber Music at the Old Stone House - World class artists in an intimate setting. The concert series is in Brooklyn, New York. More info:


Mr. Ivanov is looking forward to his upcoming October east coast recital tour, as well as the world premiere
of a cello concerto dedicated to
him by the American composer Eric Koenig. The inaugural performance will take place in Manhattan at Christ and St. Stephen's Episcopal Church with New York Chamber Players on October, 26, 2012 at 8:00 pm. 


His recital tour will include three concerts with

Tamara Poddubnaya, piano:


Friday, October 12, 2012 at 7 pm  

Chamber Music at Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY

(Season Opening)

Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 6 pm

Baroque to Modern on Main Series, CT


Sunday October 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm
Tower Music Series, NY

(Season Opening)


Mr. Ivanov was just named Global Ambassador for the Performing Arts and Global Representative for Bulgaria at the Young Global Leadership Foundation in New York.
He will perform at the inaugural opening of the Colloquium in January, 2012, in New York along with the world-renowned soprano from Vienna, Monika Riedler.  


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Tamara Poddubnaya
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Mrs. Tamara Poddubnaya
was featured in our previous newsletter. In this issue, we are delighted to update our readers about her most recent and upcoming appearances:

In June, Mrs. Poddubnaya served as Vice President
of Jury at the 2nd International competition "Musical Fireworks in Baden Wurttemberg," Pforzheim, Germany.
She also served in the capacity of Artistic Director at the 9th International Piano Festival, Portland, ME and the 6th International Piano Festival "Music without Borders," Bethel, ME, June 21-30 and July 1-22, respectively.


In August, she was the Chairperson of Jury at The 9th International LISMA Foundation Competition, New York and, in September, a jury member at the 17th International competition "Hopes. Talents. Masters,"
in Albena-Dobrich, Bulgaria.

In September this year, Mrs. Poddubnaya performed Mozart's Double Concerto, K.365, in E flat Major with Tomislav Bainov and the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, Dobrich, with Conductor Dragomir Nenov. Most recently, September 29-30, she served as a Chairperson of Jury for The 4th Darrell Piano competition in Nashua, NH.

In October Mrs. Poddubnaya will perform on the East Coast Recital tour with the Cellist Kalin Ivanov.


Tamara is also scheduled to make several international appearances:

December 20-25 Chairperson of Jury, Cyprus International Competition

December 26-30 Master Classes, Rostov-on-Don, Russia

January 3-10 Jury member, The 14th Maria Yudina International competition, St. Petersburg, Russia


Please visit for more information. 

Stankov Ensemble in concert
Stankov Ensemble


2012 has been an exciting year for the members of Stankov Ensemble.

Vania Vatralova-Stankov was invited to perform with Varna State Opera

in Bulgaria, featuring the artist in the title roles of La Traviata by Verdi and Carmen by Bizet.


Ivo Stankov embarked on a new project with pianist

Ivan Donchev: a recording for Radio Vaticana in Rome, which features the integral of Beethoven's 10 Sonatas for violin and piano. As part of this project, the duo also performed at a number of concerts in London and Rome, whilst their recording of the first three sonatas is scheduled for January, 2013.


Both Ivo and Vania will be performing at the London Festival of Bulgarian Culture in November, 2012. Vania is featured as a soloist with the Varna Bulgarian Festival Orchestra performing Dimitar Nenov's 5 Songs for soprano and orchestra at Cadogan Hall, while Ivo will be performing at the world premiere of Gheorghi Arnaoudov's Concerto for violin and orchestra with Arcadia Mundi at St. John's Smith Square. More about the festival at:


Also, Lachezar and Ivo will perform two famous works with the Chilingirian Quartet at King's Place: Schumann's Piano Quartet and Mendelssohn's Octet.

In October, Stankov Ensemble will take part in AmBul Festival in Sofia, where they will present exclusively works by American and Bulgarian composers: John Adams, John Williams, Parashkev Hadjiev, and the world premiere of a Song Cycle written by Martin Georgiev and dedicated to Stankov Ensemble.

Follow these links for nformation on upcoming events:  

11 October
Stankov Ensemble Trio, AmBul Festival, Sofia:


3 November
Vania Vatralova -Stankov, Cadogan Hall, London:


6 November
Lachezar and Ivo Stankov, King's Place, London:


25 November
Ivo Stankov, St. John's Smith Square  


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