6 September, 21.00
Pinacoteca Civica - Palazzo Volpi, Como
+Dinner at Ristorante Caffé Teatro
Lilia Donkova (violin), Gonçalo Pescada (accordion)
T. J. Kyllönen: Dreamtrain (Unelmajuna)
N. Paganini: Cantabile
B. Bartok: Rumanian Dances
G. Gershwin: Summertime, The man I love, I got rhythm,
A. Piazzolla: Violentango, Melodia en Lá menor, Adios noniño, Oblivion, Libertango
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Born in Sofia, grand-daughter of one of the most famous Bulgarian composers and pedagouges – Bentzion Eliezer. She studied at the National Music School of Bulgaria.
In 2004 Lilia graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London with Bachelor’s Degree and Postgraduate Diploma where she studied 5 years with Prof. Lydia Mordkovich. She received a special award for her final recital.
During her studies Lilia won several competitions. Already at the age of only 8, she was awarded 1st prize at the “Talented Young Musicians” Festival in Sofia, Bulgaria.
She was also a prize-winner of Kotzian Violin Competition (1990) in Prague and Estoril Competition – Portugal (1996)
At the Royal Academy, Lilia was given a number of awards and scholarships including Barbara Kesterton Award, the Belmoore Woodgate Award, the Picker Trust Award, the John Mundy Award and the 1st prize of Winifred Violin Prize for best interpretation of music by Bach and Paganini.
Lilia performes regularly as a soloist and chamber musician, having played at the International Music Festival of Estoril in Portugal, Festival Iberico in Spain, Genius of the Violin Festival in London, Cremona Exhibition of Stradivarius Violins in Italy, where she played a Stardivarius violin from the Royal Academy’s Collection, Nancymphonies Festival - France, Classic Stars in Germany, Sofia Music Weeks Festival - Bulgaria, Kotor Art Festival - Montenegro and others.
Lilia has also performed at prestigious venues such as the Isaac Stern and the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall - New York, Purcell Room at the Queen Elizabeth Hall - London, Verdi Hall - Milano, Teatro Filarmonico – Verona, Smetana Hall – Prague and others.
In 2009 Lilia recorded her first CD - Cantabile which includes some of the most famous pieces written for violin and piano.
In 2008 she gave a Master - class at the Miami University - USA.
Lilia is currently a soloist of the Cascais & Oeiras Chamber Orchestra in Portugal and a violin teacher at the Cascais Conservatory of Music and St. Julian’s School.
She plays on Italian violin by E. Marchetti 1901 and Italian bow by E. Slaviero.
Gonçalo Pescada, acclaimed by the press as "one of the greatest Portuguese accordionists of today", is considered one of the greatest talents of his generation.
He began his musical studies at age 8, in the Algarve, and later continued his education in Lisbon (Instituto Musical Vitorino Matono), Castelo Branco (School of Applied Arts) and France (Centre National et International de Musique et accordion).
Among others, he won the 1st Prize at the National Competition of Accordion (Alcobaça, 1995). With the 1st prize at the Concurso Estoril (Portugal, 2006), Gonçalo Pescada has seen his career take a turn international, performing recitals in Spain, France, UK, Germany, Italy and Bulgaria.
He has performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Algarve, OrchestrUtopica, Esart Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra of Cascais and Oeiras, Beiras Philharmonic Orchestra, Metropolitan Academic Orchestra, Ensemble Estoril and Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, under the baton of great conductors Cesario Costa, Osvaldo Ferreira , Michael Zilm, Nikolay Lalov, Susanna Pescetti and Jean Marc Burfin, among others.
He was invited to take part in festivals enormous prestige as the 33th Festival of Estoril Music, Belém, 30 th International Festival of Music in Povoa de Varzim and salt as the Grand Auditorium Belém, Bulgaria Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall.
His program includes complete orchestral works of reference, such as Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas and Astor Piazzolla's Concierto Aconcagua, Rossiniana Vladimir Zubitsky, Sieben Worte Sofia Gubaidulina, Yakov Lapinsky Spring Concert and the Concerto for accordion and orchestra by the composer Christopher Silva Portuguese. In Portugal, all of these works have been presented in the first run.
He has recorded for radio and television, especially for the RDP Antena 2, RTP Radio and the Bulgarian National Television.