Stefan Hadjiev, violoncello
Veneta Neynska, piano
Well known and much loved by the Bulgarian audience, Stefan Hadjiev and Veneta Neynska have prepared a new program to the delight of their admirers which have been inspired by the master of song - Franz Schubert.
Stefan Hadjiev was born in Sofia and started playing the cello at the age of six. Soon after that, he entered Lyubomir PipkovNational School of Music in Sofia, where he studied with Daniela Cherpokova.
In 2001, Stefan was awarded a full scholarship to continue his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London in the class of Profеssor Stefan Popov. During his time as a student at Guildhall, Stefan participated in workshops and masterclasses of Sir Colin Davis, Lynn Harrell, Ralph Kirshbaum, Melos Quartet, and others.
Ever since his graduation in 2007, Stefan enjoys a busy and variable freelance career as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. He has regularly played as a soloist and principal cellist of Southbank Sinfonia, London and International Mahler Orchestra, Berlin. Stefan has also performed at some of the most acclaimed chamber music venues in London such as Wigmore Hall, Southbank Centre, Barbican and King’s Place, as well as toured widely across UK, Europe and South America. In 2009, Stefan was honored to perform for HRH Prince of Wales at the St James’s Palace. He took part in productions of Royal Opera House and English National Theatre.
Stefan’s plans for the upcoming concert season include a soloist debut with the Staatsorchester Kassel with performance of the second cello concerto by Shostakovich and recordings for his first CD with music for unaccompanied cello.
Veneta Neynska did her undergraduate studies with the world renowned pianist John Perry at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She earned her Master’s degree with Joan Havill in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Veneta has participated in masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal and Dominique Merlet.
She has been awarded numerous prizes in many competitions among which First Prize at the 7th Piano Competition in Larnaca, Cyprus; Second Prize at the Christopher Duke competition in Watford, UK; First Prize at Beethoven Hradec, the Czech Republic; Third Prize at the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland. Veneta has been a guest to the prestigious Bulgarian music festivals Apollonia and Piano Extravaganza and has been a soloist to such orchestras as the Lodz Philharmonic and Philharmonia Ostrava.
Currently, Veneta serves as an Artistic Director and primary creator of all of Modo Bulgaria’s projects.
Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Sonata for Cello and Piano
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux
Banjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Cello Sonata, op.65
I. Dialogo. Allegro
II. Scherzo-Pizzicato. Allegretto
III. Elegia. Lento
IV. Marcia. Energico
V. Moto perpetuo. Presto
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano in A minor, D. 821
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio in E major
III. Allegretto in A major