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April 2006 Concert

The Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta's April 2006 concert featured Dimitar Moskovsky & Friends, which includes Dimitar Moskovsky, Clarinet; Lauren Franklin, Cello; and Maria Slabasheva, Piano.


Dimitar Moskovsky & Friends presented the following program:

"Trio for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano" K. 498 "Kegelstatt" by W. A. Mozart




"Fantasy Trio" Op. 26 for Clarinet, Violoncello, and Piano by Robert Mueczynski

Allegro energico

Andante con expressione

Allegro deciso

Introduction and Finale

Suite from "Carmen" by George Bizet


La fleur que tu m'avais (Flower song)

Chanson boheme (Gypsy dance)

"Trio for Clarinet, Fioloncello, and Piano" in A minor, Op. 114 by J. Brahms



Andantino grazioso



Artist' Biographies

Dimitar Moskovsky, Clarinet

Clarinetist Dimitar Moskovsky recently performed two chamber music concerts as a member of VARRIANTTI Ensemble in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D. C. He also performed three solo recitals on Hilton Head Island, SC, last October. Dimitar was co-organizer and performer in the Bulgarian musical project Destination 43' North 23' East. Dimitar performed a chamber recital at Carnegie's Weil Hall in February 2003, as part of the Musical Treasures from Bulgaria series. He has appeared as soloist of the Juilliard Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble, both in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. Dimitar has soloed with the International Chamber Orchestra in California with Mozart's Clarinet Concerto.

Dimitar has three appearances in Carnegie Hall as a member of the Juilliard Orchestra, under conductors Sir Roger Norrington (serving as principal clarinetist), Charles Dutoit, and Jaha Ling. He has also worked with conductors Sergiu Comissiona, Gerard Schwartz, Robert Spano, James Conlon, James DePriest, Hugh Wolff, Larry Rachleff, Jorge Mester, George Manahan, and Reinbert DeLeeuw. Dimitar held the principle clarinet position at the Haddonfield Symphony, New Jersey, for four seasons (2000 - 2004), under music director Rossen Milanov.

Dimitar received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Juilliard, as a student of Charles Eidich. He is a recipient of a series of awards and scholarships, some of which include International House's Artist-in-Residence Scholarship, the William J. Henderson Scholarship, the Michtom Scholarship, the Marjorie and John Lewis Scholarship, the Hachig Kazarian Scholarship, and the St.Cyrill and Methoduis International Foundation Music Scholarship. Dimitar also received the Outstanding Musician of the Year Award of the Idyllwild Arts Academy. Dimitar was awarded both Second Prize and the Special Prize for best interpretation of the required piece (Martinu Sonatina) at the Concertino Praga International Radio Competition for Young Musicianas (Czech Republic), at the age of 16. Other competition prizes include First Prize, Young Artist Competiton (Idyllwild, CA); Second Prize, First National Academic Competition for Musicians (Plovdiv, Bulgaria); Second Prize French Music Competition (Sofia, Bulgaria; and Special Prize at the Fourth National Competition for Czech and Slovak Music (Varna, Bulgaria).

Lauren Franklin, Cello

Cellist Lauren Franklin received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in cello performance from the Mannes College of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, respectively. A native of Jacksonville, FL, she made her solo debut with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the age of 16 and has since performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the East Coast and in Europe. Her chamber music coaches have included such musicians as Ruth Laredo, Sylvia Rosenberg, Lucie Robert, and David Soyer.

A scholarship recipient both at Mannes College and the Manhattan School, Lauren's private teachers have included David Soyer, Marcy Rosen, and David Gerber. Beginning in the fall, Lauren will be working with Campus Crusade for Christ as a campus minister at The Juilliard School, and will also be organizing and performing on various community outreach concerts throughout the New York metro area.

Maria Slabasheva, Piano

Pianist Maria Salabasheva made her recital debut at Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2005, presented by St. Cyrill and St. Methodius International Foundation. She also performed Stravinsky's Concerto for Piano and Winds as soloist of the Manhattan School Wind Ensemble under music director and conductor Mark Gould. Other accomplishments include the 2004 Manhattan School of Music Roy M. Rubinstein Award, a Diploma and a Golden Cup at the 17th International Spring Festival for Friendship and Arts in Piong-Yang, North Korea (1999), the First Place at the 15th Svetoslav Obretenov Competition in Provadia, Bulgaria (1998), as well as the First Prize at the Second Carl Filtsch Competition for Pianists and Composers in Sibiu, Romania (1997).

Maria has appeared in solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and the United States as well as soloist with symphony orchestras in Bulgaria, Macedonia, Spain, and North Korea. She has premiered works by composers from Ireland, Luxemburg, Spain, China, and the United States. In addition, she has recorded for Bulgarian National Television and Radio. In 2001, she recorded a CD of Mozart's Piano Concerto in C minor, K. 491, with the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra. Maria received her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, as well as a second Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, New York, as a student of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky.


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