November 2, 2011 - 7:30PM
Principal Players Series - The New Generation Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street
(between 5th & Madison Aves)
Roman Simovic - Concertmaster London Symphony Orchestra
(Only New York appearance in 2011)
Roman Simovic - Concertmaster London Symphony Orchestra
Tatiana Goncharova - Piano
Karol Szymanowski Sonata in D minor for Violin and Piano, Op. 9
Aram Khachaturian Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 29
Eugène Ysaÿe Poème Elégiaque, Op. 12
Leos Janacek Sonata for Violin and Piano, JW 7/7
Watch Roman and Tatiana perform for the Lyric on March 18, 2009
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS: Roman Simovic
Currently serving as concertmaster London Symphony Orchestra, Roman Simovic has been described as a “supreme violinist” (Vecernji List, Croatia), praised for his “exceptional musicality’’ (Glos Konkursowy, Poland) and “far from being otherworldy ” (The Times, London), proclaimed by the celebrated violinist Schlomo Mintz to be a “rare, grand talent with great potential and unlimited abilities…’’
Roman Simovic’s brilliant virtuosity and seemingly-inborn musicality, fueled by a limitless imagination, has taken him throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Israel, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Canada, USA and South America, performing on many of world’s leading stages including the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Grand Opera House in Tel-Aviv, Victoria Hall in Geneva, Rudolfinum Hall in Prague, Barbican Hall in London, Art Centre in Seul, Grieg Hall in Bergen and the Rachmaninov Hall in Moscow, to name a few.
Quickly garnering a reputation on the international music scene, Roman Simovic has been awarded prizes at numerous international competitions among which are the International Violin Competition "Premio Rodolfo Lipizer" (Italy) where along with a Gold Medal he was awarded twelve special prizes, Sion-Valais International Violin Competition (Switzerland), International Yampolsky Violin Competition (Russia) and the Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition (Poland), placing him among the foremost violinists of his generation.
As soloist, Simovic has appeared with the London Symphony orchestra, Johannesburg philharmonic (South Africa), Cape Town philharmonic (S. A.), Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (Hungary), Camerata Bern (Switzerland), Camerata Salzburg (Austria), CRR Chamber Orchestra (Turkey), Kiev Philharmonia, Lvov Philharmonia, Macedonian Philharmonia, Moskovia Chamber Orchestra (Russia), Orchestra Philharmonica Minas Gearis Brazil, Poznan Philharmonia, Prague Philharmonia, Radio-Television Serbia Orchestra, Rijeka Opera Symphonic Orchestra, Seul Simfonietta (Korea), Southeast Europe Symphonic Orchestra and Thailand Philharmonia, among many others.
A sought-after artist, Roman Simovic has been invited and continues to perform at various distinguished festivals such as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival in Croatia, “Kotor Art” Festival in Montenegro, the BEMUS and NOMUS Festivals in Serbia, “Sion Valais” Festival in Switzerland, Norway’s Bergen Festival, “Moscow Winter” Festival in Russia, Sancepolcro Festival in Italy, “Campus de Jordao” in Brazil and the Portogruaro Festival in Italy, "Granada music festival" in Spain, collaborating with such renowned artists as Schlomo Mintz, Antonio Pappano, Kristian Jarvi, Francois Leleux, Itamar Golan, Janine Jensen and Julian Rachlin.
Aside from being an active soloist, and orchestral player, Roman Simovic is an avid chamber musician, and is a founding member of the distinguished Rubikon String Quartet with which he continues to record and tour. This year Roman will start teaching at prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Roman Simovic has recorded extensively for numerous Radio-Television networks in Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Thailand, Seoul, Istanbul, Croatia, and others. As an educator, he has presenter master-classes in the US, UK, South Korea, Israel, France, Serbia and Montenegro. Roman Simovic plays a "J. B. Guadagnini" violin which was generously given to him on loan from Jonathan Moulds, Bank of America's president.
Tatiana Goncharova An inspiring soloist and ensemble partner, Russian-born pianist Tatiana Goncharova has performed throughout the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. Praised by the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “exceptional musicianship,” and hailed by the Washington Post as “a musician on the threshold of a brilliant career,” Ms. Goncharova has appeared at such noted venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Kravis Center, Ravinia, Caramoor, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.
Frequent collaborations with international artists have taken Ms. Goncharova to such renowned venues as Aspen Music Festival, Japan’s Miyazaki Music Festival, the Mostly Mozart Festival in Lincoln Center, National Hall in Taipei, Colden Center for the Arts, Singapore Sun Festival, Montpellier Music Festival in France; at the Appalachian Summer Music Festival and the Great Composers Festival in Canada she performed a duo-recital with one of the world’s most celebrated violinists, Pinchas Zukerman. In May 2003, Ms. Goncharova performed again in recital with Mr. Zukerman, in Tokyo for the Empress of Japan. Her performances were broadcast by Radio France, New York's WNYC and WQXR, nationally on PBS and NPR’s Performance Today, and in Japan.
A resident artist of the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York, she founded the TAGI ensemble (formerly known as the New York Lyric Chamber Players) with Francesco Mastromatteo, Igor Begelman and Grigory Kalinovsky. The highlights of the group’s recent seasons include performances and masterclasses at Asheville Chamber Series, Universities of South and Western Carolina, Sevenars, Bentley College, Howland Music Center, Emelin Theater, Lukas Foss’s Festival of the Hamptons, and the Lyric Chamber Music Society.
Ms. Goncharova is on the faculty of Pinchas Zukerman’s National Arts Center Young Artists Program in Canada, the pre-college division of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, the Zukerman Performance Program; she was also formerly at the Perlman Music Program, Fordham University, and the Illona Feher Festival in Israel. She is involved with a number of educational projects through her affiliation with Astral Artistic Services and the Piatigorsky Foundation, which allows her to perform classical music in less traditional settings.