2012 - 2013 Concert Series

  • October 13, 2012
  • December 16, 2012
  • January 12, 2013
  • April 7, 2013

 

Geoffery Herd - October 13, 2012

 

Geoffery Herd
with Dr. Zahari Metchkov

About Geoffery Herd

Violinist Geoffrey Herd is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at Rice University as a student of Paul Kantor. He holds an Artist Diploma from Yale University, studying with Ani Kavafian. In May 2010 he received a Master’s of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Herd also received a Bachelor of Music degree in 2008 from the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of David Updegraff. He has performed concertos with numerous orchestras including the Rochester Philharmonic, the Ithaca College Symphony, and the Finger Lakes Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Mr. Herd has studied chamber music with members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, Juilliard, Ying, Tokyo and Cavani String Quartets. Mr. Herd has attended numerous prestigious music festivals including the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Encore School for Strings and the New York String Orchestra Seminar where he was Principal Second Violin. During the summers of 2008 – 2010 he received a fellowship to study at the Aspen Music Festival for nine weeks each summer with Paul Kantor. Previously, Mr. Herd was a member of the first violin section of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and in September 2010 joined the violin section of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. Devoted to educating the next generation of classical musicians, he was also a teaching assistant to David Updegraff at the Cleveland Institute of Music from 2008-2010. In addition, Mr. Herd is the founder and director of the Geneva Music Festival in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

About Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 ¬- a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as an artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop. Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia. Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Pueblo Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.

 

Dror Biran & Zahari Metchkov - October 13, 2012

 

Dror Biran
and
Dr. Zahari Metchkov
with special appearance by the
Ballet Society of Colorado Springs

About Dror Biran

Dror BiranDror Biran's playing has been described in Die Bleed as "powerful, but also beautiful sensitive, brilliant but full of artistry, seductively lyrical but intensely dramatic at the climaxes". The Plain Dealer added "his fortissimos crashed and roared, but next to them came pianissimos that whispered seductively...he has technique to burn and uses it effectively..." His superb tonal control combined with interesting phrasing and voicing has won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audience. Born in Israel, Dr. Biran is a top prize winner of several national and international piano competitions. He is a graduate of the Givataim Conservatory where he studied with Mrs. Lily Dorfman and The Rubin Academy of Music at Tel-Aviv University where he studied with Prof. Arie Vardi. In addition he received his Doctoral degree from The Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with Mr. Paul Schenly and Dr. Daniel Shapiro. Dror Biran won top prizes at the M.K Ciurlionis International Piano Competition (1995), and the Cleveland International Piano Competition (1997) where he also received a special prize for the best performance of works by Chopin. His honors include the first prize at the "Pilar Bayona International Piano Competition" in Zaragoza, Spain (1998), first prize at the Israeli Rubin Academy Piano Competition (1998), and the Rafi Goralnik prize for pianists, in the Aviv Competition 2000. Dr. Biran has been a recipient of multiple the scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for distinguished musicians. Dr. Biran has performed widely as a soloist with major orchestras including the Lithuanian Philharmonic Orchestra, RTVE Symphony Orchestra of Spain, Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. He has played under the batons of Etinger, Rodan, Gueller, Gacia Asensio, Lane and others. His concert tours have taken him to the United States, Eastern and Western Europe, Israel and South Africa. As a chamber musician Dr. Biran has appeared on a regular basis with different music ensembles such as Carmel and Aviv String Quartets, he has also performed with members of The Cleveland Orchestra in different venues. His concerts have been broadcast by WCLV, WQXR, The Voice of Music -- Israel, Classic FM South Africa among others. Dr. Biran can be heard on the JMC (Jerusalem Music Centre) labels featuring ballades by Brahms and Chopin. Dr. Biran taught at Youngstown State University and Case Western Reserve University. Currently Dr. Biran teaches at University of Louisville School of Music in Kentucky as an Assistant Professor of Piano. His future engagements includes chamber and solo concerts in USA, Europe, Israel and South Africa.

About Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Both a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 ¬- a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as an artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop. Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia. Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Pueblo Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.

About Ballet Society of Colorado Springs

Ballet Society of Colorado Springs was founded by Patricia Hoffman in 1997, to provide aspiring dancers with superior training in a teaching environment that challenges the individual to attain new levels of excellence. Classes are offered for all levels in classical ballet, contemporary, jazz, theatre dance, tap, hip hop, and worship dance. Summer classes begin June 17, 2013, with special programs including Ballet Intensive and Young Dancers Workshop for intermediate and advanced dancers; themed dance camps for younger dancers; Broadway Workshop for all levels; and a one week Worship Dance Workshop. Located in a state-of-the-art facility in northeast Colorado Springs, with four full-sized studios, the Ballet Society promotes health and excellence in training as it encourages cooperation and community for all its students and their families.

Colorado Youth Ballet was founded in 2003, and is the resident ballet company at Ballet Society. This year’s roster is comprised of over 40 auditioned dancers between the ages of 9 and 18, many of whom are planning for careers as professional dancers or will further their ambitions in college or university programs. In past seasons, the Youth Ballet has performed with virtually every musical organization in the Pikes Peak region and is also featured in yearly showcases presented by the Colorado Springs Dance Theatre. The 2012-13 season of the Colorado Youth Ballet includes The Nutcracker at the Pikes Peak Center on Friday, December 14, at 5:00pm and 7:30pm; the full length story ballet, Coppelia, at Mitchell High School Theatre, April 20, 3:00pm; and History told through Dance, a lecture demonstration series for Colorado Springs elementary and middle schools students.

For more information about Ballet Society and its programs, please visit us online at:
old.danceinthesprings.com and old.coloradoyouthballet.com and ‘Like’ us on Facebook!
Ballet Society of Colorado Springs and Colorado Youth Ballet
4005 Lee Vance View, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80918
719.272.7078 info@danceinthesprings.com

 

Priscila Navarro - January 12, 2013

 

Priscila NavarroAbout Priscila Navarro

Priscila Navarro is currently an 18-year-old Junior Piano Performance Major studying with Dr. Michael Baron at the Bower School of Music at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. At FGCU she receives the Steinway Society and Williams scholarships. She performs solo recitals, major chamber works, and a large selection of concerti with orchestras throughout the United States, Europe and South America. She started her piano studies at the age of 9, at the National Conservatory of Music of Peru, under the guidance of Professor Lydia Hung. She received the academic excellence award there for 6 years, and the first place in her level of studies. She was selected by audition to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru, from 2006 to 2009. In 2007 she won the National Concerto Competition in Lima, Peru. She attended the "International Institute for Young Musicians”, Kansas, in 2008. In 2009 she was awarded the Maddy Summer Artist Award, for being one of the best 15 soloists out of 700, at the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Michigan. She won the Kiwanis Music Festival of Greater Toronto, in the Concerto class, and was awarded a special scholarship. Priscila is the winner of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competitions for both solo and piano duets for the State of Florida and the winner of the Regional Competitions after competing against the winners of nine states. She is also the winner of the Florida Music Teachers Association Gray Perry and Byrd Piano Competitions which honors the finest undergraduate and finest two-piano ensemble in the state of Florida respectively. She was awarded a full scholarship to study at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts. She is the current winner of the BigArts Kenneth L Nees Classical Music Scholarship of $5,000 as the finest student musician in the state of Florida. In 2011 she won the South American Chopin Competition in which she completed against all eligible pianists up to the age of 30 in South America. As part of her prize she studied for two weeks at the Warsaw Conservatory in Poland and was presented in solo recital at a major hall in Warsaw. She has been invited back to Warsaw twice for further concerts. This past summer she performed in the United States, South America, Italy, and Poland. This year she is performing seven different concerti with orchestra (including both Chopin Concerti and the Andante Spinato and Grande Polonaise) with various orchestras. As the winner of the International Chopin Competition of Texas she will be making her Carnegie Hall Solo Recital Debut on March 7, 2013.

 

Fenrych, Knight, Metchkov - April 7, 2013

 

Filip Fenrych, violin; Katherine Knight, cello; Zahari Metchkov, piano;

About Filip Fenrych

Filip Fenrych, violinThe 2005 First Prize and Gold Medal winner of Crescendo Music Awards and Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition, Filip Fenrych began playing violin at the age of six in Gorzow Wielkopolski, Poland. At thirteen he won the Wielkopolski Violin Competition in Poznan, which awarded him performances in Poland and Luxembourg. His concerto debut at the age of fourteen took place in Germany, when he appeared as a soloist with Frechen Symphony Orchestra performing Wieniawski Concerto No. 2. In 1995 Filip Fenrych was awarded the World Youth Symphony Scholarship to participate in the Interlochen Arts Camp and a full tuition scholarship to attend the Interlochen Arts Academy to begin his studies with Julia Bushkova. During his years at IAA he was twice awarded the Fine Arts Award, served as a Concertmaster for the IAA Symphony Orchestra, and performed recitals throughout the state of Michigan. In 1999 Mr. Fenrych received an International Grant in addition to the full tuition scholarship to study at Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio. The same year he was a winner of Fletcher Foundation Award of North Carolina School of the Arts and a recipient of the Virtu Foundation Scholarship Grant. As a member of Massanetto String Quartet, he participated in a weeklong residency at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. performing on “Ole Bull” Stradivarius from the Axelrod collection. His teachers were Almita and Roland Vamos, Saint-Petersburg String Quartet, and Gregory Fulkerson. In 2001, Filip Fenrych resumed his studies with Julia Bushkova, now at the University of North Texas. There he was a Concertmaster of both UNT Symphony and Chamber orchestras. As a Concerto Competition winner, he performed Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with the UNT Symphony Orchestra. His outstanding performance of the “Ein Heldenleben” by Richard Strauss was broadcast nationally on HDTV. On numerous occasions he performed with the Faculty Chamber ensembles both in Texas and in the International Chamber Music Festival “Perche No?” in Italy. His performance in the “Russian Nights” concert (Dallas) was broadcast on WRR 101 FM and positively reviewed in the “Dallas Morning News.” His solo performances in the prestigious festivals “The Music Academy of the West” (Santa Barbara, CA) and International School of Musical Arts in Ontario, Canada, were broadcast on regional and national public radio stations. During this time he received guidance from Kathleen Winkler (MAW) and Victor Danchenko (ISMA, Canada) and performed in the master classes with William Preucil, Midori, Vladimir Landsman, the Juilliard and Tokyo String Quartets. In summer 2005 Mr. Fenrych was one of eight violinists chosen internationally to participate in the famous Taos School of Music, where his coaches were Robert McDonald, Takacs, Vermeer, and Borromeo String Quartets. In the fall of 2005, he began his Master studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under Maestro William Preucil, the Concertmaster of Cleveland Orchestra. In 2006 Mr. Fenrych won the Principal Second Violin position in the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, Verbier, CH. He has participated in the VFO and in its worldwide tours ever since. While completing his Master studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music under William Preucil, Mr. Fenrych founded the Klimt Trio which went on to win a Silver Medal in the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Gold Medal and Grand Prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in 2007. He served as an Assistant Concertmaster with San Antonio Symphony Orchestra in 2007-2008. Currently, Mr. Fenrych is a member of the first violin section with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In addition, he regularly performs at the Verbier Festival, Bellerive Festival (Switzerland), Miyazaki Festival (Japan) and tours with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Fenrych resides in Denton, TX, with his wife Julia Bushkova, professor of violin at UNT.

About Katharine Knight

Katharine Knight, CelloA co-founder of the former Da Vinci Quartet in 1980, Katharine Knight has performed across the United States, as well as in Russia, England and Canada. She has recorded extensively; and, with abundant teaching credits to her name, is also a veteran of many international competitions. A native of Baltimore, she attended the Peabody Institute where she studied with a succession of proteges of the great Russian cellist, Gregor Piatigorsky - principally Stephen Kates and Laurence Lesser, whom she followed to the New England Conservatory in Boston for graduate studies. She received a Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as teaching assistant to Wolfgang Laufer, cellist of the Fine Arts Quartet. In addition to her near quarter century with the Da Vinci Quartet, Ms. Knight performs regularly as a recitalist, faculty chamber performer, guest artist with other chamber ensembles, and as a member of Hot Celli - a duo with husband and fellow cellist, Richard Slavich. Ms. Knight joined the music faculty of the Colorado College in 1999 as cello instructor, and is a member of the chamber music faculty and Director of Career Development at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. She is passionate about the learning process and maintains a private teaching studio of adult cellists and chamber musicians.

About Dr. Zahari Metchkov

Dr. Zahari Metchkov, pianoBoth a pianist and an organist, Dr. Zahari Metchkov has performed at such venues as New York’s Avery Fisher Hall and Washington’s Kennedy Center. He has concertized in Israel, Bulgaria, and the United States. Dr. Metchkov released his first CD in 2008 ¬- a recording of works for piano and orchestra by Franz Liszt and Cesar Franck. Native of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dr. Metchkov holds BM in piano and organ performance, MM in piano performance, and DMA in piano performance with a minor in music theory from the Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 he joined Colorado State University-Pueblo’s department of music in the capacity of Assistant Professor of Music, teaching applied piano, piano related courses, as well as music theory. Dr. Metchkov has also taught at the Cleveland Institute of Music as well as Youngstown State University. He directed the Cleveland based Ensemble Secundum Silentium, serves as an artistic adviser for the San Angelo Piano Festival, and in May 2009 co-directed the Youngstown State University Intensive Piano Workshop. Currently Dr. Metchkov is the Artistic Director of the Pueblo Keyboard Arts Festival and Piano Conversations Concert Series, Pueblo, as well as Rocky Mountain Music Alliance Concert Series, Colorado Springs. As a performer he has appeared in the Mostly Mozart Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Bridgehampton Music Festival, Geneva Chamber Music Festival, New Year’s Music Days Festival, and San Angelo Piano Festival. He has appeared live on radio CPR-Denver, WCLV-Cleveland, Bulgarian National Radio, Radio Alma Mater-Sofia. Dr. Metchkov has been enjoying an active artistic life as a soloist, chamber artist, as well as church musician. He has been a guest artist with the Pueblo Symphony, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Colorado State University-Pueblo Wind Ensemble, Suburban Symphony, University Circle Chorale, University Circle Wind Ensemble, and Pleven Philharmonic. Besides music, he also enjoys skiing and is steadily working on climbing Colorado’s fifty-four 14ers.