Original piano works, improvisations and romantic masterpieces shared in the spirit of the 19th century salon.
Scaramouche (a suite for two pianos), Darius Milhaud
Vallée d'Obermann, Franz Liszt
Original Works, Clemens Teufel
Chopin Études Op. 10 Nos. 3 & 12, Op. 25 No. 1 (with Improvised Preludes), Victoria Tzotzkova
Original Works and Improvisations, Christos Vayenas
Métamorphoses: C'est ainsi que tu es, Francis Poulenc
Les Berceaux, En Sourdine, Gabriel Fauré
Clemens Teufel has been lauded for his "incredibly sensitive playing", and described as a “red-hot German pianist.” His education was influenced by both the German and Russian piano traditions, studying at the University of Music "Franz Liszt" in Weimar under Professor Peter Waas, and completing his graduate studies as a student of Professor Lev Natochenny at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. He now performs and provides masterclasses across the globe, including performances at the Newport Music Festival, the Cité des arts in Paris, and the Beijing Conservatory. Clemens' recent interest is in the American piano music of Howard Hanson, George Gershwin, and Amy Beach. He recorded his first solo album, American Masters, now available at iTunes, Spotify, and other major streaming services.
Praised by the New York Concert Review as a "unique musical personality" and a pianist with a “golden tone,” Victoria Tzotzkova has performed widely as both a recitalist and chamber musician, notably at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall, The Miller Theater, Bechstein Piano Center, The Iridium, the Bulgarian Consulate General in New York, and at numerous other venues in the US, France, Germany, Switzerland, the UK, and her native Bulgaria. Growing up, Victoria studied at the National Music School in Sofia, performing regularly and making several recordings for the National Television and Radio. She later continued her studies at the Manhattan School of Music with Ms. Rosetta Goodkind, and has also worked with Alexis Weissenberg, Philippe Entremont, Philippe Bianconi, Emile Naoumoff, Herre-Jan Stegenga, Jacob Lateiner, Peter Takacs, Patricia Zander. Raised in classical performance traditions, Victoria now also experiments with improvisation in Romantic and contemporary idioms, performs new music, and works on collaborative performance projects.
An autodidact, Christos Vayenas intuitively creates music that echoes the Romantic and Symbolist languages of the past, placing him in a unique position among contemporary pianists—neither an improviser of jazz, nor a performer of the classical repertoire, he is driven by a spirit more akin to the pianist-composers of the 19th century; many of whom principally created and performed their own music. In addition to his pianistic activities, Christos is also the director of Groupmuse Boston, an online social platform that seeks to redefine the cultural context of classical music by connecting young musicians with local communities through chamber music house concerts.
Lyric mezzo-soprano Emma Sorenson is a featured Emerging Artist with the Boston Lyric Opera, and recently made her debut with Chicago's Fringe Opera as Isabelle Eberhardt in Missy Mazzoli's acclaimed new work Song from the Uproar: the Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt. Critics have praised Emma as a "striking and graceful presence, singing with an attractive, flexible voice that brought strong dramatic engagement throughout..." Ms. Sorenson is the Winner of the 2019 The Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions in the St. Louis district, and previously won the Ileana Ingraham Encouragement Award at the auditions in the Kansas City district.