Stefan Hadjiev, violoncello
Veneta Neynska, piano
London-based violinist Emil Chakalov will make his debut at the Motif concerts, joining the brilliant duo of cellist Stefan Hadjiev and pianist Veneta Neynska. The trio will perform the grandiose Trio élégiaque No. 2 by the Russian colossus Sergei Rachmaninov, together with Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio No. 2. Two large-scale works that carry elegiac depth and give rise to deep philosophical reflections. In one of his latest works, Schubert examines love, life and death, and in his work Rachmaninov codifies his respect and reverence for another great name in Russian music, Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. The program offers music of the highest caliber that will come to life under the hands of the renowned musicians. Motif: Elegy is a concert that cannot leave indifferent true music lovers looking for valuable music and discerning performances.
Emil Chakalov has been a soloist with the London Concertante Ensemble in the St. Martins in the Fields as well as with major Bulgarian orchestras like the Sofia, Varna, and Pleven Symphony Orchestras. He has toured Spain performing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto. Emil has performed many times at the Varna Summer International Music Festival, broadcasted on Bulgarian National TV and Radio and he has given solo recitals in Bulgaria, Spain, England and Austria.
The violinist is a graduate of the Bulgarian State Academy of Music, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Trinity College of Music, London. He has been successful in a number of competitions, including the Trinity College Music Scholarship, Vladigerov International Violin Competition, British Council Scholarship, Yamaha Competition.
His teachers include world-renowned violinists Vasco Vasilev (leader of the Royal Opera House Orchestra, Covent Garden), Prof. Yfrah Neaman, Prof. Dora Ivanova. Emil has participated in courses given by Yfrah Neaman, Mincho Minchev, Sasho Gavrilov, the Takacs Quartet, Andras Kiss, Vania Milanova and Sir Colin Davies.
Stefan Hadjiev has distinguished himself as a versatile, innovative soloist and chamber musician in the international concert scene. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Stefan has always looked beyond the main-stream and standard definitions of music-making and has dedicated himself to a very varied repertoire, with the aim of removing the boundaries between musical genres.
Recent engagements include a critically acclaimed performances as a soloist with the Stuttgart Philharmoniker, Staatorchester Kassel, Neue Philharmonie Munich and others. As a chamber musician and soloist Stefan has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe such as Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Tohnhalle Zurich, Philharmonie Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, Herkulessaal Munich, and others.
Stefan has always had a strong interest in other musical genres and areas in art as he takes part in various cross-genre and cross-art projects. His band/string quintet Wooden Elephant takes iconic electronic-based albums in their entirety and reimagine them as singular long-form compositions. The group has performed in some of the most exciting music festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Antigel Geneva, Schleswig-Holstein and many others. Apart from that Stefan has produced music for theatre and dance. He is also a co-founder of 180° - one of the most innovative festivals in Sofia for experimental music and interdisciplinary arts.
Veneta Neynska began her musical career in her native country of Bulgaria at the National School of Music. After graduating (in the class of fellow Bulgarian pianist Lyubov Shisheva) with the highest honors, she moved to the USA and studied with world-renowned pianist John Perry at USC Thorton School of Music. Following her undergraduate studies, Veneta was awarded a full scholarship to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London where she had the opportunity to study with Joan Havill, as well as perform in master-classes with internationally-renowned pianists Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal, and Dominique Merlet, who all individually played an important role in her development as a musician. Just as valuable to her development as a world-class pianist is her musical relationship with Bulgarian pianist Gina Tabakova.
Veneta has won the first prize at the Beethoven Hradec Competition in Czech Republic that subsequently lead to a successful performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No.3 with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra under Jakub Zidek. Further to this, she received an invitation to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the competition, where she performed Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with violinist Jan Mracek and cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot under the baton of Rostislav Hališka. Veneta’s most recent achievements include winning third prize at the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland where she performed Tansman’s Second Piano Concerto with Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra and Swiss conductor Luca Pfaff. Furthermore, she has recently made her debut at the prestigious Bulgarian festivals “Apollonia” in Sozopol and “Piano Extravaganza” in Sofia.
Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)
Trio No. 2 in E-flat major for piano, violin, and violoncello, D. 929
II. Andante con moto
III. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
IV. Allegro moderato
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943)
Trio élégiaque No.2 in D minor, Op.9
I. Moderato—Allegro vivace
II. Quasi variazione. Andante
III. Allegro risoluto—Moderato