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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 22  November-December 2013
Featured Artists







 Linus Lerner, Conductor


BV Artists International is pleased to introduce to you the exceptionally talented conductor Maestro Linus Lerner. 


"Maestro Lerner brings charismatic and passionate energies to performances with a fluency that buoys audiences, listeners and performers alike." - Arizona Daily Star

Brazilian Conductor Linus Lerner is equally at home on the symphonic podium, the choral podium, or in the opera pit.  He has conducted various groups in the United States, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey.  


Maestro Lerner's international schedule includes upcoming performances in South Korea, Italy, Bulgaria, and the Americas, plus conducting at the world-renowned Round Top Festival and recording with Vienna Modern Masters Label. With exceptional credentials, global perspective, versatility and creativity, Maestro Lerner continues to bring joy, musical introspection and appreciation to performers and audiences around the world.


At the present time, Maestro Lerner is the Artistic Director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO) in Tucson, Arizona, USA; The Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte (OSRN), in Natal, Brazil; and the Oaxaca Opera Festival in Oaxaca, Mexico.  


- With SASO, he prepares and conducts a season of more than 10 concerts and has taken SASO on 2 tours in various major cities in China, as well as to Mexico.


- With OSRN, he prepares and conducts a season of over 30 concerts from classical and educational to Pops concerts and recorded a CD of works from the Brazilian composer Tonheca Dantas.


- With the Oaxaca Opera Festival, he prepares and conducts operatic selections, featuring top soloists from Mexico who compete for their slots in the festival.


Past Artistic Directorships:  From 2009 to 2013, he directed the Bayou City Performing Arts (BCPA) in Houston, Texas, USA, where he prepared and conducted numerous performances, closing his tenure with a debut at Carnegie Hall along with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra in May 2013. In 2011 and 2013, he directed the Beijing Concert Hall Opera Festival, culminating with performances featuring world-renowned tenor Dai Yu Qiang. From 2009 to 2011, he directed The Southern Arizona Opera Company, which he founded in 2009.


Past Associate Conductorships: The Opera in the Ozarks, Arkansas; The Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra, Florida; The University of Arizona Philharmonic; The Arizona Opera; and The Florida State University Symphony Orchestra and Opera.  


Guest Conductorships: Opera in the Heights, Houston, Texas; Brooklyn Opera Company, New York; University of Colorado Opera at Boulder, Colorado; Wick Chamber Orchestra and Singers, Arizona; Orchestra Nacional de Valles, Spain; Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Porto Alegre, Brazil; International Opera Workshop, Bulgaria and Czech Republic; Solistas Ensamble del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico; Primavera Symphony Orchestra, Mexico; National Film and Radio Orchestra, China; Hunan Symphony Orchestra, China; Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra, China; Tsingtao Symphony Orchestra, China; Antalya Symphony Orchestra, Turkey; Sliven Symphony Orchestra, Bulgaria; Miami University Symphony Orchestra, Ohio; UFPE Opera Studio, Brazil. 


Maestro Lerner is also a great Master Class Director and Vocal Clinician:


- Clinician to various professional and community choruses, singers and conductors. 

- Master class features an organic, natural, and kinetic approach to conducting and singing which Dr. Lerner developed and honed after more than 20 years experience as a Choral Conductor.


Maestro Lerner at Carnegie Hall, May 2013


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Kalin Ivanov PR 1  
Kalin Ivanov, Cellist

Kalin Ivanov gave two wonderful performances of Roumi Petrova's cello concerto in C "7 Beats" (dedicated to Kalin Ivanov in 2006) at the opening of the season with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Dimitar Karaminkov as guest conductor. Last month, Ivanov performed a recital in Brooklyn, New York, with Tamara Poddubnaya, piano, at Music from Good Shepherd--a series of Sunday evening recitals. The program featured music by Vivaldi, Chopin, and Petrova. The concerts were received very well by the audience and followed by standing ovations and encores. On December 26th, Mr. Ivanov will perform as the principal cellist with New York Festival Orchestra at CARNEGIE HALL, Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage in New York conducted by the Japanese conductor Hideaki Hirai.

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Veselin Ninov, Pianist

Join me in congratulating the rising piano star Veselin Ninov as he recently got married to his high school sweetheart!


His program in November-December includes:


November 9th 
Chopin Recital at the Gethsemane SDA Church in Brooklyn, NY.

November 21th and 23rd

Promotion of the Steinway and Son's pianos at the Walt Witman Center in Mellvile, NY. The program will feature pieces by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, and Liszt.  


December 14th 

Chamber Concert at the Great Neck Music Conservatory.  


December 15th

Chopin Recital in Garden City, NY.  


December 24th

Christmas Recital by Candle Light at the Glenwood Church, Glenwood Landing, NY, featuring violist Tonya Bibashka. The program will include pieces by Bach, Rachmaninoff, Faure, and selections from Christmas songs.


Veselin Ninov, who is also very active as a teacher, is looking forward to judging two competitions for young promising pianists in the spring of 2014.


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Tamara Poddubnaya, Pianist
with colleagues at the 5th International Stravinsky Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia 


Tamara Poddubnaya's 2013 November-December calendar included prestigious international events:


November 19-25  

Master classes in Rostov-on-Don  


November 27-December 2  

Jury at the 5th International Stravinsky Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia  

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto 1st mov. Edwin E. Kim Soo, SASO, Linus Lerner
Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Linus Lerner, Conductor
Edwin E. Kim Soo, Violin

November 9, 2013 at Saddlebrooke Center for the Performing Arts, Tucson, AZ 

Dear Friends and Colleagues! Kalin Ivanov, Art. Dir.
I hope that our end-of-the-year issue finds you in good holiday cheer! This year has been full of great news and exciting events which we had the pleasure of reporting to you all. The current issue is no different, as there are more news of success to share. We hope these updates and announcements add to the spirit of celebration!


With much gratitude for your continuous support and readership and best wishes for the Holidays and a healthy and happy New Year! 


Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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Sofia Soloists recently returned from their month-long tour in Japan (October 25 - November 24), their fifteenth. The program included twenty-two concerts in all major cities and most prestigious halls of this great country such us: Sapporo Concert Hall (Saporo), Denryoku Hall (Sendai), Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall (Yokohama), Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space (Tokyo), Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (Nagoya), Shizuoka Hall (Shizuoka), The Symphony Hall (Osaka), Acros Fukuoka Concert Hall (Fukuoka), and Hiroshima Hall (Hiroshima). The tour was a big success, and Sofia Soloists were invited to return for yet another tour in 2016.

On November 1, the Bulgarian Consulate in Tokyo held an open house in honor of the Sofia Soloists chamber ensemble's concert series in Japan. Among the guests were leaders of large corporations, members of the Japanese parliament, and renowned musicians.  Mr. Georgi Vasilev, Bulgarian Consul General, introduced the ensemble and revealed a line of musical instruments made in Kazanluk, Bulgaria, which is now entering the Japanese market. Prof. Plamen Djurov, the conductor of Sofia Soloists, presented Sofia's candidacy for European cultural capital and accompanied the demonstration of musical instruments. The Soloists performed two compositions with the help of the collection of instruments housed currently in the consulate.  That same day, Sofia Soloists performed also at the prestigious Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall (photo below).


Sofia Soloists at
Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall  

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Stankov Ensemble
The members of Stankov Ensemble enjoyed two busy months of performing and teaching. Violinist Ivo Stankov was awarded a 5-star review by Britain's oldest classical music magazine 'Musical Opinion' for his first solo CD of the Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonatas alongside pianist Ivan Donchev:


"An excellent record by two very gifted artists, very well recorded earlier this year in Rome. The performances are uniformly warm and sensitive, and the deep musicality of these artists is both never in doubt and at all times placed at the service of these great works. I hope they go on to complete a set of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas - if the standard is maintained, it should be a most recommendable set of CD's."   


Moreover, Ivo will be a guest leader of the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra - one of London's premier community orchestras, in their 2013/2014 season.  


Pianist Lachezar Stankov performed with great acclaim Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with the Sliven Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria, under the baton of Dimitar Karaminkov. He was also delighted by the success of his two students from Whitgift School Performance Programme: one of them has reached the second round in the biggest classical music competition in Britain 'BBC Musician of the Year,' while the other performed Haydn's piano concerto with the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in November. 


5-stars CD review awarded by magazine Musical Opinion (November 2013)


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Brooklyn Baroque


Brooklyn Baroque performed their annual Holiday Concert at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan's oldest house, where they are the ensemble-in-residence. They were joined by tenor Timothy Hodges, who sings in the Choir of Trinity Wall Street. Earlier in the fall, Brooklyn Baroque also performed at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in a program that spanned the centuries and included a piece by Elodie Lauten.


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Barry Kolman, PR photo
Barry Kolman, Conductor     

Barry Kolman, author of "The Language of Music Revealed" and its Spanish translation, "El Lenguaje De La M�sica: Al Descubierto," will be launching both books throughout Virginia and New York City during the months of November and December. His CD, Film Music of Max Steiner, will be reviewed by Fanfare magazine. A feature article in that magazine is planned for early 2014.


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We are proud to be named Manager of the New York Festival Orchestra debut concert at Carnegie Hall!


Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

Thursday, December 26, 2013
8:00 PM


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