Three young virtuosos visit Sofia Philharmonic

Photo: Sofia Philharmonic Tedi Papavrami

On 10 June, the Sofia Philharmonic is welcoming three remarkable musicians. Virtuoso French violinist Tedi Papavrami is set to perform Violin Concerto No. 3 by Saint-Saens. The young and rising star of Russian music Abisal Gergiev, son of superstar conductor Valery Gergiev, will be the soloist of Piano Concerto by Scriabin. Conductor Zaurbek Gugkaev will complete the programme with an audiences' favourite - the Romeo and Juliet fantasy-overture by Tchaikovsky.

Tedi Papavrami has won countless awards in his long career, which started when he was just five years old. The French violinist of Albanian descent was proclaimed a wunderkind as he started giving concerts at eight and graduated from the Paris Conservatory at 15 as first-prize winner among violin performers. Papavrami has played for audiences across Europe as well as in South Africa, Turkey, Japan and Israel, sharing the stage with renowned orchestras such as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bamberger Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc. He has played under the baton of famous conductors such as Kurt Sanderling, Antonio Pappano, Christopher Hogwood, Armin Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Jean-Claude Casadesus, etc. Besides being an extraordinary performer, Tedi Papavrami has other interest in the world of arts. Since 2002, he has been the official translator into French of works by Albanian dissident author Ismail Kadare, for the Fayard publishing house. As an amateur actor, he was offered a role in the French TV mini-series Dangerous Liaisons (2003) starring Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett and Nastassja Kinski. His debut autobiography, Fugue pour violon seul, was published in 2013 in a package with six CDs of his recordings. Papavrami plays an instrument made especially for him by luthier Christian Bayon.

Talented violinist Abisal Gergiev, son of superstar conductor Valery Gergiev, started taking music lessons at the age of four. In 2019, he graduated from the Secondary Special Music School of the St Petersburg State Conservatory and is currently a student at the New England Conservatory in Boston. His debut concert appearance was in 2016 with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra under the conduction of his father. He participated in the Contemporary Piano Faces International Festival in Saint Petersburg. He has also performed at the Musical Theater Basel. In 2018, he opened the Mikkeli Music Festival (Finland) with a recital. He often collaborates with conductor Zaurbek Gugkaev, a paternal cousin of his.

In 2011, Zaurbek Gugkaev graduated from the St Petersburg State Conservatory, where he studied opera and symphony conducting. He has worked with various orchestras in Saint Petersburg, such as the State Academic Symphony Orchestra, the St Petersburg State Capella Symphony Orchestra and the St Petersburg Children-Youth Philharmonic. At the Mariinsky Theatre, Gugkaev conducts operas from the classical European repertoire in addition to symphony concerts.

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