Shostakovich Ensemble

Shostakovich Ensemble
Christoffer Sundqvist – clarinet
Filipe Ribeiro – piano
Lars Anders Tomter – viola
Robert Schumann – Trio Märchenerzählungen Op. 132
Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Benjamin Britten – Lachrymae for Viola and Piano
Max Bruch – Trio Pieces Op. 83 (Selection: Nachtgesang / Allegro con moto / Rumaenische Melodie / Allegro agitato)

Famous Soloists in Chamber Ensemble Shostakovich

Chamber ensemble Shostakovich, established in 2006, quickly gained international fame, regularly records for MEZZO and has been constantly receiving top distinctions from the specialized press (5 Diapason d’Or, maximum 5 stars from Das Orchester among them) for the world’s first recording of Dmitri Shostakovich’s Complete Chamber Music for Piano and Strings. This ensemble is created as a platform for interaction of excellent musicians by Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, one of Portugal’s leading pianists. Born in Porto, he had studied in various countries, finally completing his Doctor’s Degree from Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow. The ensemble comes to Varna as a trio. Lars Anders Tomter, often referred as The Giant of Nordic Viola has built a remarkable international career that started back in 1984 when he won the Special Prize for best interpretation of Bartok’s concerto in Budapest, followed by victory at Maurice Vieux International competition in Lille. Tomter has performed under the baton of Vladimir Ashkenazy, Penderecki, Jukka-Pekka Saraste in most of the finest concert halls such as Vienna Musikverein, New York Carnegie Hall, London Wigmore Hall. He is a regular guest at festivals like Verbier and BBC Proms, Professor at the State Music Academy in Oslo and Copenhagen. The third member of this project is Chistoffer Sundqvus, first clarinet of the Finish Radio Symphony Orchestra, who is considered to be an ambassador of the new Scandinavian music, having won several prizes and a nomination for Grammy. Having been a fine chamber musician, he also teaches at Sibelius Academy. From Lisboa to Oslo and Helsinki, these three superb instrumentalists are coming to Varna with in interesting program that includes pieces by Schumann, Bruch, Britten and Poulenc.

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