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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 20   May-June 2013
Featured Artists







 Barry Ara�jo Kolman, Conductor

  Barry Kolman, PR photo

BV Artists International is pleased to introduce to its readers our newest artist, Maestro Barry Ara�jo Kolman. We would like to congratulate him on all of his hard work and achievements during the 2012-13 season! His addition to our roster is very exciting and we want to welcome him!


2012-2013 Season's Musical Highlights    


Barry Ara�jo Kolman brings energy and enthusiasm to the podium. The Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, where he is currently Music Director and Conductor, sells out regularly and attracts top notch musicians. A conductor for 35 years, Kolman has made frequent guest appearances all over the world. He spent two years exploring the life, times, and music of Anton Rubinstein , which culminated in a special performance of Rubinstein's music with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, including Rubinstein's lost Third Symphony, which Kolman rediscovered and recorded.

His repertoire is diverse, including symphony, opera, and ballet and he has a particular interest in American contemporary music, film music and world music. His Tango Tonight! program, featuring the young singer of Tango Estefania, and has been performed throughout the US and the world. Maestro Kolman has recorded several acclaimed premiere CDs which are currently available. He is the author of the book, The Language of Music Revealed (Universal 2012) and the forthcoming book, The Origins of American Wind Music. In addition to his busy conducting schedule, Kolman holds the position of Professor of Music at Washington and Lee University. 


As part of a Community Outreach program and after two years of planning, Dr. Kolman hosted Mark Nuccio, Acting Principal Clarinet, New York Philharmonic. In addition to performing as soloist with the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Kolman's baton, clarinet students and professionals from four States were invited to take part in masterclasses, private lessons, and lectures by Mr. Nuccio, moderated by Dr. Kolman. Mr. Nuccio's appearance was made possible through several grants including a generous gift from Washington and Lee University.


Maestro Kolman led a multi-media performance of Holst's The Planets-Voyage of Discovery, with 3-D images provided by the Hubble Telescope and other sources in Lexington, Virginia.


Other Professional Highlights

Mr. Kolman celebrated the publishing of his first book, The Language of Music Revealed, by Universal Publishers (available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble). He also published an op/ed article: "Autism, Music and Bullying," in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.  

During this season, Maestro Kolman gave interviews for NPR  and NPR Virginia Insight. Furthermore, he was featured on in a special interview discussing the benefits of music for children with autism. This very personal and emotional work involves the expertise of musicians as well as university counselors and their creative way of joining forces to combat bullying and other negative behavior experienced by children during their school years.


His most recent recordings include a CD recording of William Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony, available on Amazon and at 


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Kalin Ivanov, Cellist

Cellist Kalin Ivanov returned from a wonderful concert and master class in the Caribbean. He and New York Empire Trio made many fond memories during their visit at St. John School of the Arts, US Virgin Islands. This was his third visit to the Caribbean Islands. Kalin finds this part of the world very inspirational musically and artistically.


This month, he acts as Chair of the first Brooklyn String Competition. The event's goal is to provide recognition for young talented string instrumentalists, as well as to give them opportunities to further develop their performance skills. The first place winners in the three age categories will participate as soloists of the Brooklyn Youth Orchestra in its 2013-14 season. The competition will conclude on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. with a concert of the winners in Brooklyn, NY. Please, read the full article


Later this month, he is invited to teach a cello master class to students at the Murrow High School Orchestra. 

During the summer, he looks forward to teaching and performing at three summer music festivals and competitions in Europe and New York:
NEW YORK (July 22 - August 12);  
Festival of the Gulf, ITALY (August 17-26) 


Mr. Ivanov is also invited to give cello and chamber music master classes this summer at the Brooklyn Youth Music Project-Summer Chamber Music and String Orchestra Camp in Brooklyn, NY.

Kalin Ivanov's world premier recording of the Eric Koenig's Cello Concertino will be released soon on Contemporary Record Society Label.


His calendar includes also upcoming master classes in various music schools in Bulgaria.


More about cellist Kalin Ivanov at: 


Grigor Palikarov PR 1
Grigor Palikarov, Conductor
News about Maestro Palikavor's performance at the XXXIII Stagione Concertistica reached us in May, shortly after he led one of the well-known orchestras in the Italian region: the Chamber Orchestra of Florence (Orchestra da Camera Fiorentina). Mr. Palikarov made his mark with a two-day participation (May 26-27) at the 33rd season of the orchestra, which was founded in 1981 by Maestro Giuseppe Lanzetta.            

Local classical music fans had the good fortune of coming in contact with Maestro Palikarov's talent at the remarkable historic and architectural setting-the Museum of Orsanmichele, Florence. Featured in the program were ANDREA LOMBARDO, Bass, and the music of A. PORTERA: Seven Points of Flight Or Fugue; D. DRAGONETTI: Concerto for bass and orchestra in A Major; G. DONIZETTI: Allegro for Strings; and B. BRITTEN: Simple Symphony.

During the month of June, Mr. Palikarov will return to the Bulgarian stage. On June 6th, he will conduct the Classic FM Orchestra with soloist Georgi Cherkin, piano.  The concert is part of the European Music Festival 2013.

Following these events, Maestro Palikarov will tour Germany with Tosca and Carmina Burana. 


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Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra
Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra
Barry Kolman, Conductor
Johann Ludwig Krebs @ 300 (Rebecca Pechefsky)
Johann Ludwig Krebs @ 300,
Rebecca Pechefsky, (Brooklyn Baroque)

Dear Friends and Colleagues! Kalin Ivanov, Art. Dir.
As summer heats up, so does musical life. We are very happy to wish you a fun-filled season with news from our resident artists. Our goal is to keep you informed about their recent and upcoming activities and help you connect with them wherever your vacation travels may take you around the world. We are also thrilled to introduce you to the newest member of our roster. Please, enjoy our roundup of exciting news from this spring and summer. 

Happy Summer Season!


Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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Cristian Sandu, Conducts Beethoven
Cristian Sandu, Conductor    
Last fall, Maestro Sandu (Opera Nationala Cluj) conducted the opera Gala with Oradea Philharmonic Orchestra followed by a Symphonic Concert (Glinka, Mozart, Dvorak) with Satu Mare Philharmonic Orchestra. Later on, he conducted Rossini's Stabat Mater at the Constanta Opera and Ballet Theatre. He also led performances at the Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra, Galati Musical Theatre, and Craiova Lyrical Theatre. In November, he was a jury member at the Constanta Black Sea Conducting Festival.


This spring, Maestro Sandu participated in the 4th International Operatic and Ballet Art Festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The festival was dedicated to the 200th anniversary of G. Verdi. Kazakhstan welcomed many Italian, Romanian, German, and Turkish opera and ballet stars. The organizers of the festival admit that their choice of cast and conductors was not an easy task. Maestro Sandu conducted several of Verdi's most beloved and popular works: La Traviata and AidaThe Requiem was reintroduced to the audience for the first time in several seasons. This year, the emphasis of the festival has been on the opera element, which meant a shift from the ballet program.



This winter (Dec. 2012-Jan. 2013), Cristian made appearances with the Cluj Music Academy Orchestra, Cluj Philharmonic Orchestra, Cluj National Opera, Pitesti Philharmonic Orchestra, Galati Musical Theatre, and in Italy, at Bari's Pallafiera where he conducted Verdi's Aida. Cristian Sandu's conducting schedule also includes guest performances in Linz, at the Brucknerhaus; Bregenz, at the Festspiel und Kongresshaus;  the Botosani Philharmonic Orchestra with a New Year's Concert and an Opera Gala; and at the Cluj National Opera with Verdi's Il Trovatore.


Maestro Sandu's summer is equally busy and exciting. It includes a performance at the Academic College with students of the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 7 p.m. The event is organized by the State Philharmonic Cluj. On the program are works by Carl Maria von Weber, Fantasia, Capriccio, Rondo for clarinet, Op. 34; Johann Baptist Vanhal, Concerto for two bassoons in F major; Franz Liszt, Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major; Ralph Vaughan Williams, Tuba Concerto in F minor; and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23.


On June 15, Mr. Sandu will conduct A. Adam's ballet Giselle at the Opera Brasov. The ballet is choreographed by Dorin Coseriu. Also in June, Maestro Sandu will make another appearance at the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy, Cluj-Napoca. He will conduct Verdi's Rigoletto (June 19, 6:30 p.m.).


Maestro Sandu's summer schedule also includes a return visit to Kazakhstan at the Almaty State Opera and Ballet Theatre with Verdi's La Traviata (July 4th) and a Symphonic Gala (July 5th).



Tamara at Gavrilin Competition, April 2013
Tamara Poddubnaya, Pianist
with colleagues at the Gavrilin Intl. Competition, Russia 

For our resident pianist Tamara Poddubnaya, this part of the year is especially filled with traveling. First, she visited Russia to serve on the judge's panel at the Vologda Gavrilin competition, held on April 22-28, 2013. The competition was established in 2001 as a regional event. However, the interest in it has grown immensely over time, and today, it has achieved an international status. Musicians from many countries including Finland, Turkey, Croatia, China, Bulgaria, Switzerland, Greece, and many others, vie to participate in it. The goal of the competition is to strengthen the best traditions in musical pedagogy and preserve the memory of its patron's artistic heritage.


Following this event, Ms. Poddubnaya spent the beginning of May in Istanbul, serving as Chairperson of the 8th International Pera Piano Competition, held on May 5-13. This renown musical venue draws participants in several age groups from neighboring countries. The required repertoire varies per age and could include a Baroque, Classical, and Romantic period pieces, a piece by a Turkish composer, and one selection by the performer.


Later, on May 29th, performed a recital-the last concert of the season 2012-2013-at St. Petersburg State University Hall. Still in Russia, Tamara Poddubnaya presided as Chairperson at the Fourth International Rachmaninoff Competition (June 7-9) in Ivanovka, Russia. The competition is offered to two age groups (16-19/20-25 yrs) and two performance categories: solo and piano ensemble.


The next stop of Ms. Poddubnaya's whirlwind tour is the Third International Competition Musical Firework in Baden-Wuerttemberg in Baden-Baden, Germany (June 12-18). She is invited in the capacity of the competition's Vice President. The event is guided by the idea that music should continue to unite people from all parts of the world, help them overcome grief and difficulties, and promote a healthy outlook on life and lead to the overall well being of all people.  


Finally, Tamara will return to the United States for the 10th Portland International Piano Festival, Maine (June 21-23), and serve as its Artistic Director. The Portland-based organization is committed to providing opportunities for quality musical education to all members of its community.


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The Stankov Ensemble are looking forward to their participation at the Varna International Summer Festival in Bulgaria. On July 20th, 2013, they will perform a programme featuring world premi�res of works by imminent Bulgarian composers: Gheorghi Arnaudov, Martin Georgiev and Antoni Donchev,  which have been written especially for that occasion.


Last April, violinist Ivo Stankov was invited to take part as a jury member adjudicating two International Competitions - MAGIC in Burgas, Bulgaria, and Whitgift-WIMC in London. He also performed the Beethoven Triple concerto alongside pianist Ivan Donchev and cellist Stefan Popov with the Burgas Symphony Orchestra, and gave master classes at the National School of Music and Stage Arts in Burgas, Bulgaria.


In May, Varna Opera Theatre (Bulgaria), is featuring the soprano Vania Vatralova-Stankov in the title role of Verdi's "Rigoletto."


Also in May, pianist Lachezar Stankov has reached the final of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire chamber music competition and will be featured in a recital at the prestigious Wigmore Hall in London.


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Highlights of Brooklyn Baroque's spring season included a concert in Middletown, NY, with soprano Amanda Sidebottom, and the final concert of their 2012-13 season at Music at Morris-Jumel: a program featuring music by Telemann, Bach, and others. Guests performers were recorder player Gregory Bynum and Seattle-based Baroque flutist Courtney Westcott.  


Brooklyn Baroque's harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky gave a number of performances which included the music of Johann Ludwig Krebs. These events helped promote her new CD. She will perform a fringe concert at the Boston Early Music Festival entitled "1713: Music of F. Couperin and Johann Ludwig Krebs."


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