Stefan Milenkovic & Edin Karamazov

Wednesday, September 30th 8PM
Kolarac Hall

Stefan Milenković, violin
Edin Karamazov, guitar
Ticket prices: 900, 1200, 1500 dinars

Franz Schubert
(1797-1828)
SONATA “ARPEGGIONE” in A minor, D. 821 (1824)
Arr. Edin Karamazov
Allegro moderato
Adagio
Allegretto

Dušan Bogdanović
(1955)
BALKAN MOSAIC (2000)
First performance of the arrangement for violin and guitar
Мorning dance
Lament
Dance from Vranje
Macedonian dance
Wide dance
Tiny knit

Intermission

Ravi Shankar
(1920-2012)
L’AUBE ENCHANTEE (1990)

Astor Piazzola
(1921-1992)
HISTOIRE DU TANGO (1986)
Bordel 1900
Café 1930
Night Club 1960

 

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Stefan Milenkovich is a unique artist with an exceptional long term creativity and professionalism. His eclectic musical and life philosophy explores global human and musical heritage and he is able to establish direct contact with the audience and provide fun, cohesive and energetic performances.
As a musician with broad stylistic interests, Milenkovich has played with the rock band Gorillaz on one of the world’s most recognizable stages – at the Appolo Theatre in Harlem, in New York, with lute player Edin Karamazov, with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, where Milenkovich explored dimensions of improvisation and switched between acoustic and electric violin. Milenkovich collaborated with numerous orchestras that include Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo and Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, under the baton of conductor masters such as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Daniel Oren and En Shao.
Stefan Milenkovich recorded several CDs, on which predominates classical music. He is committed also to educational work, carried out in U.S. and Europe. His musical career is crowned with international humanitarian work for which he received many awards. He participated on numerous UNESCO gala concerts and was active as a first ambassador for children during Balkan wars in the early nineties.

 

Edin Karamazov was born in 1965 in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. A protégé of Sergiu Celibidache, he began his musical career as a classical guitarist before taking up the Baroque lute, which he studied with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basle, Switzerland.
Karamazov made his solo debut as a lutenist in 1998, stepping in at the last minute for the legendary Julian Bream. Since then he has established himself as today’s most exciting and charismatic player of the lute. His thrilling virtuoso performances on the lute and guitar, with a repertoire that ranges from 16th-century classics to the music of today, have garnered rave reviews and unprecedented critical acclaim in Europe and America. As a soloist he has performed and recorded with leading international early music ensembles and artists including the Hilliard Ensemble, Hespèrion XX, Andreas Scholl as well as Sting. A consummate interpreter and master technician on numerous early and contemporary stringed instruments, outstanding recital artist Edin Karamazov has appeared at numerous major venues, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, London’s Wigmore Hall, Berlin’s Philharmonie, and Vienna’s Konzerthaus, among many others. Looking back to his early days, he continues to enjoy giving impromptu performances on the street.
His discography for Decca includes the CDs A Musicall Banquet – a collection of lute songs with Andreas Scholl and Wayfaring Stranger – folksongs with Andreas Scholl. The highly successful album Songs from the Labyrinth with Sting, released on Deutsche Grammophon, has not only made him a household name far beyond the confines of the early-music world but also launched a new “lute renaissance” for the 21st century. His latest recording for Decca has been released to great acclaim: The Lute is a Song comprises solo works by J. S. Bach, Leo Brouwer, Zamboni and Domeniconi as well as arias by Handel with Andreas Scholl, Purcell with Renée Fleming, a traditional Macedonian song with Macedonian singer and songwriter Kaliopi, and a work by and with Sting.
Edin Karamazov plays several plucked instruments of various cultures and epochs and remains committed to exploring the use of lutes in modern music and contemporary improvisational contexts. In addition to his solo career he enjoys accompanying singers in different styles and backgrounds.

 

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