LIEGE – Tuesday 31 mai 2022 - 20h – Ekaterina FROLOVA, violin & Vesselin STANEV, piano

Place du 20-août, 16

Gabriel Fauré: Sonata for violin and piano n°1 in A major, Op. 13
Edvard Grieg: Sonata for violin and piano n°3 in C minor, Op. 45
Franz Liszt: Grand Duo concertant sur la Romance de M. Lafont "Le Marin" S 128
Eugène Ysaÿe: Au Rouet
Caprice d'après l'Etude en forme de Valse de Camille Saint-Saëns

Ekaterina Frolova was born in St. Petersburg. She studied with Michael Frischenschlager at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna and Pavel Vernikov at the Conservatory of the City of Vienna. She had Master classes with Zakhar Bron, Igor Oistrach, and others. She wins Awarded prizes at the Louis Spohr Competition in Weimar (1998), the Premium Yuri Temirkanov in St. Petersburg (1999), the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (2002), and the Fritz Kreisler Competition in Vienna (2010). She has performed with orchestras in China, Russia, Germany, Finland, Slovenia, and Switzerland. She was Invited to perform at the Kissinger Summer, the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, and the International Orpheum Music Festival in Zurich. Since the fall of 2015, she is a member of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Ekaterina Frolova plays an instrument built by Nicola Gagliano in 1755.

Vesselin Stanev was born in Varna, Bulgaria. At the age of ten he began his training at the Music Academy of his native city, transferring in 1981 to the Academy of Music in Sofia. Starting in 1983 he studied with Dmitri Bashkirov at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, where he obtained his soloist diploma in 1988. He subsequently went to Paris to study with Alexis Weissenberg; from 1992 to 1995 he took classes for advanced students at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. In London Peter Feuchtwanger became a mentor from whom he has gained valuable inspiration.Within a short timespan Vesselin Stanev earned an outstanding reputation as a musician, as attested by his distinctions at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow and at the Concours Marguerite Long - Jacques Thibaud.Vesselin Stanev’s career has taken him to such major concert venues in Europe as Wigmore Hall in London, the Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as to the Nordic countries, Southeastern Europe, Russia, and Japan. He has enjoyed successful collaborations with such conductors as Paul Daniel, Alexander Lazarev, Hubert Soudant, David Zinman, and others. He also performs regularly as a chamber musician in a duo with the violinist Ekaterina Frolova.Vesselin Stanev has recorded six CDs for the Bulgarian label Gega New including works by Schumann, Brahms, Liszt, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. His first CD for Sony Classical comprises early works by Alexander Scriabin. For the RCA label he has also made two recording projects of music by Franz Liszt: the "Etudes d'exécution transcendante" in 2010 and, in 2014, a program titled "Music and Myth."

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