Upcoming Events

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 7:30 PM
    • Orpheum Theater, New Orleans

    Nature's Awakening with Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony

    featuring Ziang Xu performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.1


    Thursday, February 27, 7:30 PM, Orpheum Theater|New Orleans

    Friday, February 27, 7:30 PM, Columbia Theatre|Hammond


    TICKETS + INFORMATION at https://www.lpomusic.com/online/article/natures-awakening


    CONCERT INFO
    Guest Conductor Earl Lee returns for a program that will herald the start of spring. Opening, we’ll evoke feelings of nostalgia with Ives’ Symphony No. 3, “The Camp Meeting,” where the audience can reminisce on the classical European style of music with childhood hymns and bells. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1 will be brought to life by the 2018 MASNO International Piano Competition Winner, Ziang Xu. The LPO will close the program paying homage once again to master composer Beethoven with a piece befitting of the overall theme, Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral.”


    This concert is presented in partnership with the New Orleans International Piano Competition as part of the 1st Prize.



    • 15 Mar 2020
    • 2:30 PM
    • University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center
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    The renowned Bulgarian Duo of cellist Lachezar Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov perform Beethoven: Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano in honor of the composer's 250th birthday.

    Valkov has performed numerous times in New Orleans since having won 1st Prize in the 2012 New Orleans International Piano Competition, but this concert will be the New Orleans debut for the acclaimed duo.

    General admission tickets are $30 and include a light reception.

    Concert seating is not assigned. 


    Program

    Complete Sonatas for Cello and Piano, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)

    Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 5/1

    Adagio sostenuto - Allegro

    Rondo. Allegro vivace 

    Sonata No. 4 in C major, Op. 102/1

    Andante - Allegro Vivace

    Adagio - Tempo d’Andante - Allegro Vivace

    - - - - -INTERMISSION (15 min.)- - - - -

    Sonata No.2 in G minor, Op. 5/2

    Adagio sostenuto e espressivo - Allegro molto piu tosto presto

    Rondo. Allegro

    Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 102/2

    Allegro con brio

    Adagio con molto sentimento d’affetto

    Allegro - Allegro fugato

    - - - - -PAUSE (7 min.) - - - - - 

    Sonata in A major, Op. 69

    Allegro am non tanto 

    Scherzo. Allegro molto

    Adagio cantabile - Allegro vivace 

    About the Program

    During the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons the award-winning Kostov-Valkov Duo will be presenting Ludwig van Beethoven’s 5 Sonatas for Piano and Violoncello. Written in three distinct styles, the five sonatas are considered some of Beethoven’s finest in his chamber music output. Unlike the String Quartets and the Violin Sonatas, the Cello Sonatas can be performed in one evening. They are written in the span of 25 years and are quite unorthodox in their formal structure and instrumental characteristics. In the two early Sonatas op.5, the piano is the main protagonist, while the cello is taking a more supporting role. The later works - the A major sonata op. 69, and the two sonatas op. 102 are true duet pieces, in which both instruments play equal roles. 

    Kostov-Valkov Duo’s performance will not follow the chronological order of the compositions, but rather juxtapose an early sonata with a later one, and ending the concert with the joyous Sonata in A major op. 69. There will be one intermission and one short pause before the last work. Total timing of the concert with two pauses is 2 hours and 25 minutes.



    About the Artists

    Cellist Lachezar Kostov and pianist Viktor Valkov have performed together for more than 15 years and have appeared at concert venues in the USA, Germany, Italy, and Bulgaria. In 2002 they were named winners of the “Grand Prix of the Music and Earth Competition” in Sofia, Bulgaria. After their early success the Duo performed a series of thematic concerts devoted to the music of Hungary, France, Germany, and Russia. Prior to establishing themselves in the USA Kostov and Valkov appeared in several European festivals, such as “Russian Music Days” in Dortmund, Germany.

    The Duo’s first major performance in New York City was sponsored by the “Bulgarian Treasures” foundation and took place in Weill Recital Hall in 2008. Following their critically acclaimed debut at New York’s Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2009, the Duo has received high accolades for their inspired and unique performances. Critic Harris Goldsmith described them as “prodigiously skilled protagonists” and praised their “formidable virtuosity”. Devoted to rediscovering rarely performed works from the cello and piano repertoire, they perform compositions by Dmitri Kabalevsky, Camille Saint-Saens and Nikolay Roslavets, as well as many arrangements and transcriptions from the violin, viola, and piano repertoire. Some of the most successful arrangements performed by the Kostov-Valkov duo are Robert Schumann’s Violin Sonata in A minor, the Hungarian Dance No.5 by Brahms, Roslavets’ Viola Sonata, and the famous Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Franz Liszt. In 2010 Mr. Kostov and Mr. Valkov toured several German cities including Hasselburg, Waldorf, and Bad Saeckingen, performing to sold-out halls in celebration of the 200th birth anniversaries of Chopin and Schumann.

    In October 2011 the duo entered the Fifth Liszt-Garrison International Piano and Duo Competition of the American Liszt Society at Baltimore-Washington, USA. The Kostov-Valkov duo was unanimously awarded the First Prize, as well as Best Interpretation Awards for the Performance of a Work by an American composer for John Corigliano’s “Phantasmagoria”, and for the Performance of a Work by Franz Liszt for their own arrangement of the composer’s “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2”.  In addition to several concert engagements, the Lachezar Kostov & Viktor Valkov duo received the event’s special 2011 FRANZ LISZT AWARD for “Exceptional Performance on the Franz Liszt Bicentennial Year Celebration”.

    In 2013 the Kostov-Valkov Duo made appearances in several US states, including Maryland, Washington, and Texas. A Japanese tour in 2014 took them to Tokyo, Kanaya, and Okayama.

    The Kostov-Valkov Duo have so far released two recordings. The first one, published by NAXOS in 2010, received favorable reviews by the American Record Guide, Strad Magazine, and others, and  features the complete music for cello and piano of Nikolay Roslavets. Their second recording came out of Navona Records in 2015, and includes their own transcriptions virtuosic piano pieces by Franz Liszt.

    In Germany the duo is represented by the Pro-Piano Management.

    • 18 Jul 2020
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • Loyola University, New Orleans

    As part of the New Orleans Keyboard Festival, NOPI is an intensive solo performance program for advanced and intermediate college, high school, and junior high school pianists. Participants receive private lessons, perform in master classes, attend lectures and discussions, have competition opportunities, and perform in the Showcase Recital. This year, the New Orleans Piano Institute takes place concurrently with the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition. NOPI students will also be invited to attend all of the rounds of the New Orleans International Piano Competition as a part of the institute which is included in tuition.

    For more details about the New Orleans Piano Institute including application information, please visit the NOPI section of this site. 

    All NOPI masterclasses, competitions and performances are open to the public and free of charge to attend. A detailed schedule will be posted in June.

    • 19 Jul 2020
    • 26 Jul 2020
    • Loyola University, New Orleans

    Twelve of the worlds most talented up-and-coming pianists are invited to New Orleans for a week of magnificent piano playing as semifinalists competing for performance and cash prizes totaling over $35,000. The goal of the biennial competition is to provide opportunities for the most gifted and communicative musicians to further their careers and to offer to the community an opportunity to discover the world’s finest pianistic talents. To this end, the 28th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC) will be held concurrently with the annual summer New Orleans Keyboard Festival (NOKF) and Piano Institute (NOPI).

    Details about the 28th New Orleans Int'l Piano Competition are located in the NOIPC section of this site. 


    Tickets will be available starting June 1.


    Applications are currently open and available on getacceptd.com/noipc.





Past Events

11 Feb 2020 Ziang Xu performs at Merkin Hall, NYC
08 Dec 2019 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Gloriana Wolf with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
03 Nov 2019 NOCTURNE XVII
13 Oct 2019 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Chris Jung with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
28 Sep 2019 Our Home Louisiana: A celebration of the musical, visual, and culinary arts of Louisiana
21 Jul 2019 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
20 Jul 2019 New Orleans Piano Institute
10 May 2019 Sentimental and Stirring: Piano Music of Gottschalk performed by Peter Collins
09 Apr 2019 Marianna Prjevalskaya at New York's Merkin Hall
30 Mar 2019 Concerto Showcase X
23 Mar 2019 Out of This World featuring Xiahoui Yang
30 Jan 2019 Sung Chang Returns to New Orleans
09 Dec 2018 NOPI Concerto Competition Winner Bryant Li with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
02 Dec 2018 NOCTURNE XVI
07 Nov 2018 Baroque and Beyond: Les Arts Musicaux
05 Oct 2018 Courtney Bryan in Concert
22 Jul 2018 New Orleans Keyboard Festival Guest Artist Recital
22 Jul 2018 27th New Orleans International Piano Competition
21 Jul 2018 New Orleans Piano Institute & Keyboard Festival
12 Jun 2018 A Tricentennial Salute: Piano Music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Friends
07 Apr 2018 The Golden Age of French Music with Philippe Bianconi
25 Mar 2018 Salon Concert: A Centenary Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
11 Jan 2018 Xiaohui Yang in a Salon Concert Event
09 Jan 2018 Festival PiaNOLA featuring Xiaohui Yang
05 Nov 2017 NOCTURNE XV
15 Oct 2017 Masafumi Nakatani with the N.O. Civic Symphony
27 Sep 2017 Flavors of Cuba
26 Sep 2017 From Cuba to New Orleans
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
23 Jul 2017 New Orleans Piano Institute
12 Mar 2017 GREAT SCOTT! - Joplin in the Quarter!
23 Feb 2017 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra
08 Jan 2017 Concerto Showcase IX
07 Jan 2017 Acclaimed American Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott in a special Salon Concert Event
03 Jan 2017 Festival PiaNOLA + CONCERTO SHOWCASE IX
20 Nov 2016 NOCTURNE XIV
23 Oct 2016 2016 N.O. Piano Institute Concerto Competition Winner Anna Waldron with the New Orleans Civic Symphony
23 Oct 2016 Classical guitarist Pavel Steidl of the Czech Republic in Salon Concert
22 Oct 2016 2014 NOIPC Gold Medalist Marianna Prjevalskaya performs with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra.
24 Jul 2016 New Orleans Piano Institute and Keyboard Festival
24 Jul 2016 26th New Orleans International Piano Competition (NOIPC)
15 Mar 2016 Angela Hewitt Salon Concert
10 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with LPO
08 Jan 2016 Marianna Prjevalskaya with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
03 Jan 2016 Viktor Valkov
07 Nov 2015 Taste of Brazil SOLD OUT
25 Oct 2015 Emma Lo Performs Mozart's D minor Piano Concerto
27 Sep 2015 Nocturne XIII
24 Jul 2015 New Orleans Keyboard Festival
19 Jul 2015 New Orleans Piano Institute
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