The Tenri Cultural Institute welcomes back "Bulgarian-born piano dynamo" Tania Stavreva with a 40min solo piano set of music featuring original new works by Tania Stavreva, including a world premiere in Bulgarian rhythms, also works by master composers Bela Bartok, Veselin Stoyanov, Pancho Vladigerov, Alberto Ginastera, Federico Mompou, Alexander Vladigerov and others.
Tania Stavreva, Biography:
Described by the music critics as "exceptional, entrancing, fun!" (Harry Rolnick, ConcertoNet.com), "a fully formed and fearsomely talented pianist" (Steve Holtje, CultureCatch.com) and "bold, dynamic, magnificent" (Harris Goldsmith, NY Concert Review"), "Bulgarian-born piano dynamo" (Steve Smith, Time Out NY) Tania Stavreva is internationally renowned for her "superior technical abilities", "unlimited virtuosity", "personal sensitivity difficult to find elsewhere", and "huge dynamic range" combined with "demanding and diversified" programs. Her "masterfully delivered" (San Francisco Chronicle) performance of the "White Lies for Lomax" by Mason Bates (Winner of the 3rd Van Cliburn American Composers International Competition), released on Innova Recordings "is a stunning display of intricate blues playing and a highlight of the recording". (Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz CD Review), where Ms. Stavreva is among artists such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Tania Stavreva made her Carnegie Hall debut in April 2009. She has performed also at many other top venues including Lincoln Center, Kaufman Center, Symphony Space, Kosciusko Foundation Auditorium, Steinway Hall, Embassy of Bulgaria in New York, and the CSV Cultural Center where she was featured live on NY1 News by NBC reporter Asa Aarons. She has performed also at the GRAMMY Museum Theater, Clive Davis Auditorium in Los Angeles, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Sanders Theater at Harvard University and the French Cultural Center in Boston, The National Ethnographic Museum in Bulgaria, Radio Plovdiv - Bulgarian National Radio Concert Hall, Cathedral San Lorenzo in Italy, Sala dei Notari (Italy), 1901 Arts Club in London, UK and the Ruinekerk in The Netherlands. In January 2013 her sold out Chicago recital debut was broadcast live on WFMT 98.7. Her concerts have been featured also on CBS New York and BBC Magazine. On June 12th, 2012 she was invited to perform at the Miles Davis/Edith Piaf Commemorative USPS Stamp Dedication Ceremony at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York where Ms. Stavreva was featured on CNN and shared the stage with the legendary bassist Ron Carter, the Miles Davis Family, Grammy-award winning songwriter Mike Stoller and legendary music producer George Avakian (Columbia Records).
In July 2011 Tania Stavreva performed for a first time body painted, connecting the music of Erik Satie to the work by artist Danny Setiawan. The multimedia collaboration was immediately featured on NY1 News TV, New York Daily News and Time Out NY. On May 10th, 2012 Ms. Stavreva collaborated with the internationally-acclaimed body painter and artist Derrick Little (Madonna, Shakira) at Galapagos Art Space in New York on another multimedia project titled Rhythmic Movement Multimedia. This time live music and live body painting were connected through abstract music-color synesthesia.
In 2009, invited by Amanda Palmer from the internationally-acclaimed band The Dresden Dolls, Tania Stavreva is one of the first pianists of her generation to perform modern classical music at such rock club venues as Webster Hall (New York) and Paradise Rock Club (Boston), making classical music accessible to younger and non-traditional audiences. She has also collaborated with legendary two times Grammy award winning drummers Will Calhoun (Living Color, B.B. King) and Dave Lombardo (John Zorn, Slayer, Fantomas).
Tania Stavreva is an active participant at many outreach programs and fundraising campaigns, supporting with her music institutions such as Dana Faber Caner Institute, NYU Hospital, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Centers for Alzheimer Care and many others. She is a graduate of the National Music School "Dobrin Petkov" in Bulgaria, where she studied with renown pedagogue Rositsa Ivancheva and also a graduate of the Boston Conservatory, where she was a full scholarship recipient and the winner of many competitions. She has been on the piano faculty of the Boston International Summer Music Festival "Youth & Muse", the Piano School of NYC, LIC Academy of Music and the Page Music Lesson Center where she was also the director and founder of the Page Music Piano Performance Program.
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