Events

Upcoming events

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • 09 Dec 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • St. Bernard Parish Performing Arts Center, Univ of New Orleans Performing Arts Center

    New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition Winner Gloriana Wolf

    performs Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto with the New Orleans Civic Symphony




    Sunday, December 8, 6:00 PM at St. Bernard Parish Performing Arts Center

    Monday, December 9, 7:00 PM at Univ. of New Orleans Performing Arts Center


    Also on the program are works by Tchaikovsky and Sibelius.

    More information at https://www.neworleanscivicsymphony.org/concerts


    About the performer

    A highly versatile musician, Gloriana Wolf brings a gifted voice to both solo literature and her collaborative efforts. Gloriana is currently in her final year of study at the Butler School of Music, University of Texas, Austin where she studies with internationally renowned pianist, Anton Nel. As a freshman, Gloriana won Second Prize in the David O. Nilsson Undergraduate Piano Competition at the University of Texas, and the following year went on to earn first prize. During her third year of studies at the Butler School she won the Sidney M. Wright Accompanying Competition. Her summer studies have taken her to the Texas State International Piano Festival, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and most recently, the New Orleans Piano Institute, where she won first prize in the New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition.

    Additionally, Gloriana has performed in masterclasses with Marina Lomazov, Gabriel Kwok, Boris Slutsky, and Alan Chow. As an avid chamber musician, Gloriana’s pre college study included extensive work with the Artaria String Quartet as a pianist, violinists and violist. She is incredibly excited to join the Artaria String Quartet in their 2019-20 season, as a guest artist.


    The New Orleans Piano Institute Concerto Competition is sponsored by:

     

     


    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 2:30 PM
    • University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center

    The renowned Bulgarian Duo of cellist Lachezar Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov perform Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano in honor of the composer's 250th birthday.

    Valkov has performed numerous times in New Orleans since having won 1st Prize in the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, but this concert will be the New Orleans debut for the acclaimed duo.

    Tickets will be available December 1, 2019.


    About the Artists

    Cellist Lachezar Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov have performed together for more than 15 years and have appeared at concert venues in the USA, Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria. In 2002 they were named winners of the “Grand Prix of the Music and Earth Competition” in Sofia, Bulgaria. After their early success the Duo performed a series of thematic concerts devoted to the music of Hungary, France, Germany, and Russia. Prior to establishing themselves in the USA Kostov and Valkov appeared in several European festivals, such as “Russian Music Days” in Dortmund, Germany.

    The Duo’s first major performance in New York City was sponsored by the “Bulgarian Treasures” foundation and took place in Weill Recital Hall in 2008. Following their critically acclaimed debut at New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009, the Duo has received high accolades for their inspired and unique performances. Critic Harris Goldsmith described them as “prodigiously skilled protagonists” and praised their “formidable virtuosity”. Devoted to rediscovering rarely performed works from the cello and piano repertoire, they perform compositions by Dmitri Kabalevsky, Camille Saint-Saens and Nikolay Roslavets, as well as many arrangements and transcriptions from the violin, viola, and piano repertoire. Some of the most successful arrangements performed by the Kostov-Valkov duo are Robert Schumann’s Violin Sonata in A minor, the Hungarian Dance No.5 by Brahms, Roslavets’ Viola Sonata, and the famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Franz Liszt. In 2010 Mr. Kostov and Mr. Valkov toured several German cities including Hasselburg, Waldorf, and Bad Saeckingen, performing to sold-out halls in celebration of the 200th birth anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann.

    In October 2011 the duo entered the Fifth Liszt-Garrison International Piano and Duo Competition of the American Liszt Society at Baltimore-Washington, USA. The Kostov-Valkov duo was unanimously awarded the First Prize, as well as Best Interpretation Awards for the Performance of a Work by an American composer for John Corigliano’s “Phantasmagoria”, and for the Performance of a Work by Franz Liszt for their own arrangement of the composer’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”.  In addition to several concert engagements, the Lachezar Kostov & Viktor Valkov duo received the event’s special 2011 FRANZ LISZT AWARD for “Exceptional Performance on the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Year Celebration”.

    In 2013 the Kostov-Valkov Duo made appearances in several US states, including Maryland, Washington, and Texas. A Japanese tour in 2014 took them to Tokyo, Kanaya, and Okayama.

    The Kostov-Valkov Duo have so far released two recordings. The first one, published by NAXOS in 2010, received favorable reviews by the American Record Guide, Strad Magazine, and others, and  features the complete music for cello and piano of Nikolay Roslavets. Their second recording came out of Navona Records in 2015, and includes their own transcriptions virtuosic piano pieces by Franz Liszt.

    In Germany the duo is represented by the Pro-Piano Management.


Past events

03 Nov 2019 NOCTURNE XVII
13 Oct 2019 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Chris Jung with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
28 Sep 2019 Our Home Louisiana: A celebration of the musical, visual, and culinary arts of Louisiana
21 Jul 2019 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
20 Jul 2019 New Orleans Piano Institute
10 May 2019 Sentimental and Stirring: Piano Music of Gottschalk performed by Peter Collins
09 Apr 2019 Marianna Prjevalskaya at New York's Merkin Hall
30 Mar 2019 Concerto Showcase X
23 Mar 2019 Out of This World featuring Xiahoui Yang
30 Jan 2019 Sung Chang Returns to New Orleans
09 Dec 2018 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Bryant Li with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
02 Dec 2018 NOCTURNE XVI
07 Nov 2018 Baroque and Beyond: Les Arts Musicaux
05 Oct 2018 Courtney Bryan in Concert
22 Jul 2018 New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recital
22 Jul 2018 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition
21 Jul 2018 New Orleans Piano Institute & Keyboard Festival
12 Jun 2018 A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends
07 Apr 2018 The Golden Age of French Music with Philippe Bianconi
25 Mar 2018 Salon Concert: A Centenary Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
11 Jan 2018 Xiaohui Yang in a Salon Concert Event
09 Jan 2018 Festival PiaNOLA featuring Xiaohui Yang
05 Nov 2017 NOCTURNE XV
15 Oct 2017 Masafumi Nakatani with the N.O. Civic Symphony
27 Sep 2017 Flavors of Cuba
26 Sep 2017 From Cuba to New Orleans
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute
12 Mar 2017 GREAT SCOTT! - Joplin in the Quarter!
23 Feb 2017 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
08 Jan 2017 Concerto Showcase IX
07 Jan 2017 Acclaimed American Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in a special Salon Concert Event
03 Jan 2017 Festival PiaNOLA + CONCERTO SHOWCASE IX
20 Nov 2016 NOCTURNE XIV
23 Oct 2016 2016 N.O. Piano Institute Concerto Competition Winner Anna Waldron with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
23 Oct 2016 Classical guitarist Pavel Steidl of the Czech Republic in Salon Concert
22 Oct 2016 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
24 Jul 2016 New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival
24 Jul 2016 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC)
15 Mar 2016 Angela Hewitt Salon Concert
10 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with LPO
08 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
03 Jan 2016 Viktor Valkov
07 Nov 2015 Taste of Brazil SOLD OUT
25 Oct 2015 Emma Lo Performs Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto
27 Sep 2015 Nocturne XIII
24 Jul 2015 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
19 Jul 2015 New Orleans Piano Institute
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