Legend Stephen Kovacevich with a concert in Sofia

Photo: Sofia Philharmonic Stephen Kovacevich

The legendary pianist Stephen Kovacevic will open the Autumn 2021 Season of Sofia Philharmonic on 16 September in Bulgaria Hall under the baton of Adrian Prabava.

With an international career spanning more than 6 decades, Stephen Kovacevic has long been recognised as one of the most searching interpreters - "A musician completely absorbed in his craft, his interpretations are like no one else’s and always emanate directly from the heart: musical messages of wisdom, peace, resignation, and hope” (The Washington Post).

Kovacevic is known for never being afraid to take both technical and musical risks in order to achieve maximum expressive impact. He plays with the largest orchestras, performs regularly in Europe, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand and is a regular guest at prestigious festivals around the world. He is a traditional guest at the festival of his ex-wife Martha Argeric. In the documentary Bloody Daughter, their daughter, Stephanie Argerich, said: "My mother always says my father is the love of her life. She fell in love with him when she heard him play Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto."

Born in Los Angeles, Kovacevic laid the foundations of his career as a pianist at the age of 11. After moving to England to study with Myra Hess, he made his European debut at Wigmore Hall in 1961.

Over the course of his extensive career, Kovacevic has forged many long-standing artistic partnerships, such as with the late Sir Colin Davis, with whom he has made many outstanding recordings, including the legendary Bartok's Piano Concerto No.2 with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Another such long-term affiliation is his professional partnership with Martha Argeric, with whom he regularly performs in duo on the world's leading concert stages. Recent and forthcoming highlights for the Argerich-Kovacevic Duo include recitals at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Paris Philharmonic, Victoria Hall (Geneva), the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and the Wigmore Hall (London).

Stephen Kovacevic enjoys regular artistic collaborations with such violinists as Nicola Benedetti, Renaud Capuçon and Alina Ibragimova; cellists Gautier Capuçon, Steven Isserlis and Truls Mørk; flautist Emmanuel Pahud etc.

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