Violist Milena Inés Pajaro-van de Stadt makes her début with the MusicaNova Orchestra playing the "Viola" concerto by Sir Edward Elgar - actually Elgar's Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, transcribed for the viola by Lionel Tertis.|
A member of the Dover Quartet, a renowned ensemble of young players with impeccable musical credentials, New York native Milena currently lives in Philadelphia, but her family are residents of Paradise Valley. An undergraduate at the Curtis Institute of Music, she received her Master's of Music from Rice University in May 2013. A violinist and trombonist in her early years, Milena was drawn to the viola by its "lower, darker, more human sounds," and fell in love with it when she began playing the instrument in a string quartet as a high school junior.
Milena is the First Prize winner of the 2010 Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition. In addition to appearances as soloist with the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Jacksonville Symphony, and the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra, she has performed in recitals and chamber music concerts throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including an acclaimed 2011 debut recital at London's Wigmore Hall. With the Dover Quartet she is a winner of the Gold Medal and Grand Prize in the 2010 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.
Also on the program are an overture by a new and aspiring composer selected by MusicaNova Conductor Warren Cohen, and Johannes Brahms' Quartet in G Minor arranged for Orchestra, also called "Brahms' Fifth Symphony."
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