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        N  e  w  s  l  e  t  t  e  r           Issue 25  SUMMER, 2014
Featured Artists







 Hampson Sisler, Composer


Hampson Sisler continues to be in the spotlight of the international media. After several articles in New York newspapers and magazines, in April, he was chosen as artist of the week by the Multimedia Art Journal Public Republic in Hamburg, Germany.  The journal also included an interview with the composer which was published and translated to Bulgarian, German, and English. Mr. Sisler's latest accomplishments and the two last CDs were presented as well. To read the article CLICK HERE.


Also in April, Hampson's CD, THE SECOND COMING, Oratorio for Chorus and Orchestra, was in review: "...there are moments of great beauty and wondrous expectation. ...The sound is excellent... all is well, and many will be pleased with this." Steven Ritter, Audiophile Audition [April 2014].


Last month, Classical Music Discoveries Radio, the #1 classical music show in the world, proudly announced the beginning of the Hampson Sisler series on July 19th, 2014. Among the names of some of the artists/organizations who were on air at the radio/series in the past are: Moscow Philharmonic, Philadelphia International Music Festival, Zuill Bailey, cellist, and many others. This series of 8 shows, produced monthly, will be heard by over 150 million people every month, thus bringing Hampson an instant international recognition from musicians and classical music listeners from all over the world.  Each show will be available for one year at:

Classical Music Discoveries Radio has been broadcasting online for 10 years and begins its 11th season in October 2014.


Mr. Sisler's first interview was scheduled for July 12th, and his first show was on July 19th. The  Producer/Host, Mr. Ken Hedgecock, said: "We listened to the first CD and LOVE IT!  Can't wait to start the series."  One CD per show will be discussed and reviewed. Mr. Sisler's first show will be available for listening 24/7 for 1 year after 6pm EST on July 19th 2014. His next show is scheduled for August 23, 2014. Hampson's shows link:


Listen to the start up promo of Hampson Sisler's new CD on Classical Music Discoveries Radio at the following link: CLICK HERE  


At the beginning of July, Hampson was also invited for an interview and broadcast of his CDs on WWFM Radio. WWFM, The Classical Network, is New York City's only fully-digital, full-time, full-genre classical radio station. His interview will be on air at the beginning of September, 2014. Please, check for further info about the interview or follow Hampson Sislers on his Facebook page.   


For more information visit:    

Brooklyn Baroque

Brooklyn Baroque performed a number of concerts in the spring, including "Heaven & Earth" at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, on May 7. The concert featured the sensational baritone Jonathan Woody, as well as other distinguished guests: Prisciila Herreid, oboe; Theresa Salmon, Tatiana Daubek, and Margaret Ziemnicka, violins; and Kristina Giles, viola. The program included Bach's sublime cantata for bass and oboe, "Ich habe genug," as well as Andre Campra's cantata "Silene" and Michel Corrette's Concerto for Harpsichord with Flute and Strings in D Minor. The following clips from the concert can be seen on YouTube:


Bach  "Ich habe genug":



Corrette Harpsichord Concerto:



Campra "Tristes captifs" from Silene:  




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Stankov Ensemble    


Stankov Ensemble recorded their Debut CD at the Bulgarian National Radio at the end of July. Release is expected in October 2014. The ensemble are also taking part in one of Bulgaria's most renowned International Festivals, Music Days in Balabanov's House, set in the picturesque old town district in Plovdiv. The concert on October 7th will present works especially written for the ensemble by Bulgarian and Spanish composers, as well as famous works by Falla, Granados, and Chabrier.


Highlights in the coming 2014/15 season feature performances of the members of Stankov Ensemble with Sofia Philharmonic and recitals at the International Baltic Sea Festival.


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Veselin Ninov, Pianist

BV Artist International's pianist greets our readers from Europe, where he is visiting family and enjoying a brief vacation before returning to his busy schedule in New York and the East Coast of the US.


At the beginning of August, Veselin continues with his duties as jury member of the Young Talented Pianist competition with two series of concerts featuring bright young musicians in Jericho and Glenwood, NY. Veselin's students, top prize winners of the 2014 edition, will perform for Nassau County audiences.


A series of chamber programs in the New York and Connecticut area will take place at the end of this month and the beginning of September. Veselin will be joined by violinist Yegit Karatas from Turkey and Bulgarian Violist Tonya Bibashka - Ninov to perform pieces by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Efrem Zimbalist, and others. Some of the venues of the events are still to be announced but will definitely include Woodbury and Mastik, NY and Prospect, CT. These events were incorporated to inspire and advance the talent of young promising keyboard and string players.

For more information visit Veselin at: 

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Kalin Ivanov, Art. Dir.

This summer, the classical music scene around the globe is heating up by the talented presence of our own BV Artists. In this summer edition of our newsletter, we present to you some of the highlights that captured the attention of the world media and the hearts of music lovers around the world.

Wishing you enjoyable days of summer ahead!



Kalin Ivanov, Artistic Director

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Linus Lerner, Conductor


Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil)

Maestro Linus Lerner continues working on a very exciting work schedule since last May. 

Some of the highlights of his busy summer include:


- Judging the VI International Sinaloa Voice Competition (Mexico) 

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- Conducting Betthoven's 9th Symphony and Concierto de Aranjuez with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO) in Tucson (AZ, USA)

Review link


- Launch of SASO (Southern Arizona Symphony Orcherstra) 1st CD "Celebration" with premiere recordings of music by Tucson Resident Composers. More info 


- Conducting a huge production of Carmina Burana with the Orquestra Sinfonica do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, Brazil) More info 



- Conducting Bartok's Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, as well as Schubert's 5th Symphony at the renowned International Festival Institute at Round Top (Texas, USA). 


- Teaching singers and choral conductors in Acapulco (Mexico). More info 



- Teaching and preparing singers at the 1st Festival de Opera de de la Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas (Mexico). More info 


- Currently teaching over 70 conductors from Mexican El Sistema "La Esperanza Azteca" at their headquarters in Puebla (Mexico).

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 Kalin Ivanov, Cellist

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Kalin Ivanov's world premier recording of the Eric Koenig's Cello Concertino was just released on Contemporary Record Society Label    

Kalin Ivanov, cellist, gave Cello and Chamber Music Master Classes at Special Music School in New York City in May. This summer, he has been invited to teach and perform at three summer music festivals and competitions in Europe and New York:


Burgos International Music Festival and Competition, SPAIN (July 8-19)


Summit Music Festival and Competition,  NEW YORK (July 22 - August 12)   


Festival of the Gulf and competition, ITALY (August 17-26) 


Kalin Ivanov's world premier recording of the Eric Koenig's Cello Concertino was just released on Contemporary Record Society Label. His schedule also includes upcoming master classes at various music schools in Bulgaria. Upcoming engagement highlights include performances and Master Classless in Natal, Brazil, as soloist of Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte; solo recitals in New York; concert in Italy as a soloist with Orchestra da Camera "Citt´┐Ż di Fondi" at the Fondi Music Festival. More info


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Cristian Sandu, Conductor   


Cristian Sandu, Conducts Beethoven

Maestro Cristian Sandu's latest performances (May-June):


May 7, Bucharest National OperaVerdi's Rigoletto


May 23, Sibiu Philharmonicorchestra, Jeunesses Musicales Competition


May 30, Iasi Philharmonic Orchestra,Rossini's Stabat Mater, Mozart Four'th Violin Concerto


June 22, Oradea, Stagione d'OperaItaliana Company, Verdi's Nabucco


June 23, Oradea, Stagione D'operaItaliana Company, Verdi's Nabucco


June 27, Cluj National Opera,Mozart's Don Giovanni.


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Linus Lerner, Conductor


Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte    

O Fortuna - Carmina Burana - Natal/RN - 2014
O Fortuna - Carmina Burana - Natal/RN, BRAZIL - 2014




Concert at the Church of Saint Luke in the Fields 
New York City, May 7, 2014 


Corrette: Harpsichord Concerto w/ Flute (Pechefsky, Bolotowsky, Brooklyn Baroque)
Corrette: Harpsichord Concerto w/ Flute (Pechefsky, Bolotowsky, Brooklyn Baroque)


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