Piazzolla's signature works ignite passions in Sofia

Photo: Sofia Philharmonic Stoyan Karaivanov

On 24 June at 7pm in Bulgaria Hall, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra will pay tribute to the great Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla.

The concert will feature his signature works, such as Michelangelo 70; Concerto for Bandoneon, Piano and String Orchestra - Aconcagua; Adios Nonino and Libertango. Conductor of the evening will be Konstantin Ilievski and the soloists will be bandoneonist Stoyan Karaivanov and pianist Doğaç Bezdüz (Doach Bezduz) - students at New Bulgarian University. The Bullfighter's Prayer by Joaquin Turina completes the passionate programme of the evening.

Astor Piazzolla, named El Gran Ástor (The Great Astor) in his homeland, remains in the history of music as “the great moderniser of Argentine tango”. In a unique way, he raises tango from “street music” to music performed in concert halls. The language of his “tango nuevo” is revolutionary and specific, it includes elements of jazz and classical music, mixing them with street effects and motifs from French chanson.

The bandoneon is a favourite instrument of Stoyan Karaivanov, who has won a number of awards from national and international competitions in accordion and bayan. Starting in the autumn of 2020, he began his education in bandoneon with Prof Fabio Furia at the Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Conservatory in Cagliari, Italy. He specialised in genre music with Prof Jacques Mornet in France. In 2019, he began his education in bayan at New Bulgarian University. He has participated in masterclasses with some of the most prominent and established teachers in bayan and accordion.

Doğaç Bezdüz (Doach Bezduz) was born on 23rd July in 1999 in Mersin, Turkey. In 2006, he started his music education at the State Conservatory of Mersin University as a student in the piano class of Marina Cincaradze. He worked at the Mersin and Ballet as a choir accompanist. In the period from 2013 to 2015 he studied at the Ankara High School of Music and Performing Arts at Bilkent University in the class of Prof Gulnara Aziz. He has actively participated in masterclasses of distinguished pianists such as Muhittin Durruoglu, Ozgur Aydin, Emre Elivar, Daniel Blumenthal, J.C. Van den Eynden, Miroslav Dacic, Martha Gulyas, Arturo Pizarro, Vincenzo Balzani, Gokhan Aybulus, Gulsin Onay, Ludmil Angelov, Antonio Di Cristofano. He also regularly works with Tsvetelina Tunteva - lecturer at the Adana State Conservatory. In 2017 he completed his high school education at the Mersin Conservatory. In 2018 he was accepted as a student at New Bulgarian University in the piano class of Prof Ludmil Angelov. Currently he is studying conducting in the conducting class of Maestro Nayden Todorov at New Bulgarian University in Sofia.

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