Friday, March 16, 2018

RUSSIAN TITANS - Last Works - School of Music Arts, Paphos - 16 June

Sorin Alexandru Horlea (violin/viola)
Anita Tomasevich (piano)
Saturday 16 June 8pm
School Of Music Arts Paphos

Tickets: €10, music students free of charge
Reservations and information: Tel: 26221712

Shostakovich – Sonata for viola and piano op 147
Prokofiev – Sonata for violin and piano op 80 

A classical music concert with violin/viola and piano honouring the true Russian Titans of classical music: Dimitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev, presented by acclaimed performers Sorin Alexandru Horlea and Anita Tomasevich. The concert presents two monumental works by Dimitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev.

Sonata for viola and piano op 147 was the last work composed by D. Shostakovich. It was completed just few weeks before his death and it is dedicated to violist Fyodor Druzhinin. It’s dark in tone and unsettled in mood, but tempered by an air of resignation, most strongly felt in the slow finale, with its haunting references to the Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It is a music narrative of epic proportions and surly one of the most significant pieces written for the viola repertoire.

Sonata for violin and piano op 80 by S. Prokofiev written between 1938-1946 (completed two years after his 2nd sonata) is one of the darkest and brooding of the composer's works. It was premiered by D. Oistrakh (to whom the piece was dedicated to) and Lev Oborin in 1946 under the personal coaching of the composer. It is often called a “ great sonata” as it is one of the most significant and important work in the composer's opus. First and third movement of the sonata were performed at Prokofiev's funeral by D. Oistrakh and S. Feinberg as the composer's true epitaph.

Sorin Alexandru Horlea was born in Bucharest in 1975 and started the violin at the age of eight. He studied with Octav Savitchi, Daniel Podlovsch and took masterclasses with Viktor Pikaizen, Sherban Lupu and Eugen Sarbu. In 1997 he won the third prize at the George Enescu Childhood Memories contest in Bucharest. During his university studies he played in the Radio Chamber Orchestra, Philarmonia Chamber Orchestra, Bucharest Opera and George Enescu Philharmonic. In 2000 he moved to Lebanon for the position in Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra, where he became the assistant concert master. He moved to Cyprus in 2005 and since then is a member of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. He is also working as an associate teacher of the Cyprus Youth Orchestra. Alongside his output as an orchestral musician, he is an active performer as a soloist and in various chamber groups throughout Europe and Middle East, playing not only classical but also jazz and folk music. He was a member of Cyprus String Quartet and the folk band Danube Quartet. He plays also mandolin and viola. He regularly performs contemporary music as he is a resident musician at the Avaton Festival in Limassol, a member of the Chronos Ensemble, and of the Ensemble Cyclamen. Sorin is playing on a modern violin by Stephan Sultanian.

Anita Tomasevich performed in some of the major halls in The Netherlands, Spain, London, Italy, Russia and Serbia and is laureate of international competitions. She appeared on the Serbian National Radio and Television. She studied in the Music Academy in Novi Sad, Royal Conservatoire in Den Hague and was excepted for the PhD studies at the Royal Academy in London. She studied with renowned teachers such as Jegor Chugayev (student of Y. Milstein), Svetlana Bogino (student of L. Oborin) and Vladimir Ograkov (student of E. Gilies) Marcel Boudet and Ellen Corver (student of K. Stockhausen),Yelena Richter, Lazar Berman, Geroge Sandor (student of Bella Bartok) and Stefan Vladar. She recorded a CD with the works of Scarlatti, Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev. Anita forms a duo ensemble with a renowned Dutch pianist Eke Simons and Romanian violinist Sorin Alexandru Horlea. For the season 2018 /2019, she will perform solo and chamber music recitals in Serbia, Holland, Cyprus, Greece and Germany.   

Directions: Head down the Polis road and turn right at Lidls, go past the Myrra Tavern on your right and the school will be found a little further along on your left. SCHOOL OF MUSIC ARTS, 36 Neapolis Street, Paphos. Tel: 99478805. Email: