Παρασκευή, 3 Ιουνίου 2016

Violin & Piano Duo: George Hlawiczka, Theodosia Ntokou on a tour in China

Theodosia Ntokou (piano) and George Hlawiczka (Violin) will be performing on a huge tour in China of eighteen concerts in the biggest concert halls of the country. 
China tour: 8th of June to 4th of July 2016

Here is the program of the tour

I. Stravinsky: Suite Italienne
G. Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (arr. Heifetz)
M. Ravel: Sonate No.2 in G Major

E. Grieg: Sonate in C Minor No. 3
M. De Falla: Suite Populaire Espagnole
Rossini: Figaro Paraphrase
Kreisler: Tambourin Chinois
                Dance Espagnole
C. Debussy: Beau Soir
G. Bizet: Carmen Fantasy(arr. Waxman)



Classically-trained pianist Theodosia Ntokou, born and raised in Greece, gave her first solo recital at the age of twelve and went on to graduate with honors from the National Conservatory of Athens under the direction of professor and director of the Conservatory, Mr. Aris Garoufalis. She continued her studies with Hungarian pianist Laszlo Simon at the Universität der Künste Berlin and simultaneously received her Postgraduate Degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. Theodosia then moved to America where she completed her Master's Degree with Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya at the famed Juilliard School in New York City and went on to earn her assistantship at the prestigious University of Hartford-The Hartt School.

While studying in New York City, Theodosia became the first prize winner of the Young Artists International Piano Competition (2006) and the Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition (2007), which led to her debut at Carnegie Hall (2006, 2008) and the Berliner Philharmonie (2007). Theodosia has also performed in halls over the world including Germany, France, Greece, Italy and across the U.S. and Asia. In 2008 she received the Evelyn Bonnar Scholarship Award.
Theodosia Ntokou has also performed in many festivals across Europe such as the prestigious Project Martha Argerich, the Crans-Montana "Les Sommets du Classique" and The Festival of Busko Zdrój in Poland and has collaborated with many orchestras such as the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Berliner Symphoniker, the National Orchestra of Greece, and the Blutenburg Kammerphilharmonie of Munich among others.
Theodosia is a protégé of the living legend Martha Argerich and has been under her guidance for the last four years.

George Hlawiczka is Artistic Director of I Maestri, an orchestra he foundedin 2001 in London, and organizes an extensive concert series in London. 
He has taken I Maestri on tour to Montenegro, Greece, where he performed Respighi's Concerto Gregoriano at the Patmos Religious Music Festival, to Sicily and Portugal. Most recently he played Beethoven's Triple Concerto in Lisbon. This summer he will conduct I Maestri in Verdi's Falstaff at Berbiguieres Chateaux in France. Further tours include Greece this August and SIcily next May.
He has also conducted the Vaasa Symphony, Verona Philharmonic, Pilsen Radio Philharmonic, Brasov Philharmonic and Moscow Symphony Orchestras and participated in the 2001 Sibelius Symposium Pilsen in the Czech Republic.
As a violinist George Hlawiczka was a member of the English Chamber Orchestra from 1999-2008 and now pariciates in project with the Les Arts opera with Lorin Maazel and Zubin Mehta. He is an active chamber musician, performing with pianists Karin Lechner, Luis de Moura Castro, Ratimir Martinovic, cellists Jian Wang, Luis Zorita, Alexandre Debrus, violinists Sarah Chang, Dmitri Sitkovetsky, violists Nobuko Imai, Maxim Rysanov and clarinetists Joan Enric Lluna. He has performed at the Norfolk Chamber Music and the Aspen Music Festival, Colorado, with the Lincoln Centre Jupiter Players in New York and recorded for Radio Scotland, Germany and Luxemburg. He toured Germany with the Budapest Chamber Orchestra, performing Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'. He just returned from Mumbai where he played chamber music with Dmitri Sitkovetsky and friends and has been invited to lead the Symphony of India for the next two years in their September and February season and tours
Future concerts include recitals in Hartford, USA with Luis de Moura Castro and in Maastricht with Peter Coelen. He also participates in chamber concerts as in May when he will perform Dvorak quartet and Bartok Contrats in Lisbon with the Darcos Ensemble. 
He has performed several concertos, including Berg, Beethoven, Brahms, Prokofiev, Bartok, SIbelius and Respighi. He will record the Respighi and Skalkottas Violin Concerto, both of which are neglected masterpieces. In June he will also perform Walton's Violin Concerto in a concert to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
George Hlawiczka studied conducting with Lawrence Leonard, Jorma Panula and David Zinman and Murray Sidlin and was a Fellow at the Academy of Conducting in Aspen between 2000-2003. He has taken masterclasses with Sir Neville Marriner, Ivan Fischer, James Conlon and Michael Stern.
He graduated from the Utrecht Conservatoire, studying the violin with Wiktor Liberman and Philippe Hirshhorn before completing the Advanced Soloists' course with Yfrah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

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