Valtchev & Tchekoratova
Violin & Piano
Musical Treasures from Bulgaria
Saturday, March 9, 2024
Georgy Valtchev - Violin
Lora Tchekoratova - Piano
This exceptional violin and piano duo take us on an unforgettable musical journey from Franz Schubert and Dobrinka Tabakova to Claude Debussy, Astor Piazzolla, and Edvard Grieg.
Lora and Georgy are both distinguished Juilliard graduates.
Lora received her Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of the great American pianist Seymour Lipkin and the contemporary music champion Joel Sachs. Georgy was a pupil of the world renowned violin pedagogue
Their duo projects have been supported by numerous grants and awards by the American Foundation for Bulgaria, the Kitteridge Fund, The Arthur Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Adults - $30 Teachers - $10 Students - $5 Children - Free of charge
7:00pm - Courtyard open with small meals by Amalia Café & Live Music
8:00pm - Start of the concert
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Franz Schubert Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, Op. posth. 162, D 574
Edvard Grieg Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45
Allegro molto ed appassionato
Allegretto espressivo alla Romanza
Dobrinka Tabakova Pirin for Solo Violin
Simple Prayer for Complex Times for Solo Piano
Claude Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano
Intermède: Fantasque et léger
Finale: Très animé
Astor Piazzolla Le Grand Tango for Violin and Piano (arr. Gubaidulina)
Performing together as violin and piano duo since 1996, Valtchev and Tchekoratova were first presented to the public at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in concert, entitled Musical Treasures from Bulgaria under the sponsorship of the Cyril and Methodius International Foundation. Ever since, the artists have appeared together in numerous recitals and chamber music collaborations throughout the United States and Europe to great audience and critical acclaim.
Their adventurous programming has led them to musical explorations and collaborations with contemporary composers and has inspired them to create platforms for cultural exchange between the United States and other cultures. The duo often presents the works of American composers in Bulgaria and vice versa, brings music from the Balkans to the Western stages.
The duo appears regularly at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall, the 92nd Street Y, the Kennedy Center, and at many international chamber music festivals and concert series, including Sofia Music Weeks, Varna Summer, and Apolonia in Bulgaria, Baståd Chamber Music Festival in Sweden, the Deerfield Memorial Hall Summer Concerts and the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Blue Hill, Maine.
The artists’ program "East of Budapest", featuring composers from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Albania, was presented at universities across the country, including New York University (Institute for the Study of the Ancient World), Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA, and Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. Their debut CD of Béla Bartók's Violin and Piano Rhapsodies and Sonatas is available on Gega New through ArkivMusic.
Lora and Georgy are both distinguished Juilliard graduates. Lora received her Doctorate of Musical Arts under the guidance of the great American pianist Seymour Lipkin and the contemporary music champion Joel Sachs. Georgy was a pupil of the world renowned violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. Their duo projects have been supported by numerous grants and awards by the American Foundation for Bulgaria, the Kitteridge Fund, The Arthur Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The Duo has performed the majority of the standard classical Violin and Piano repertoire, most notably the complete Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin (in three concerts), the three Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin as well as the sonata for Violin and Piano of Ravel, Debussy, Strauss, Mozart, Faure, Franck, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Grieg. In addition, they frequently program the works of Yanacek, Enescu, Bartok, Vladigerov, Leviev, Tabakova, and many other 20th and 21st century masters.
In August, 2018, Lora and Georgy launched “The Off the Beaten Path Chamber Music Festival” in the village of Kovachevitsa, South Western Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria. Since then, the festival has become a beloved summer destination for music lovers from Bulgaria and beyond and a nature sanctuary for renowned chamber music artists to rehearse, perform, and commission new works. In addition to presenting the festival, the musicians also bring music education to the area and are involved in the restoration of the community center at the village.