Sunday November 10 at 3.00pm
Mina Miletić, Piano
Dimitar Burov, Violin
Beethoven: Sonata in A Major Op 47 ‘Kreutzer’
Andante con variazioni
Shostakovich: 10 Preludes from Op34,
transcription: Dmitri Tsyganov
Mina Miletić was born in Belgrade to parents of Serbian and Bulgarian heritage. After attending the Belgrade University, she was awarded an E. Power Biggs scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Paul Lewis and Colin Stone. Prize-winner of many awards, Mina established her career regularly appearing in recital, as a chamber musician and concerto soloist in concert halls across Europe, Asia and the USA. Mina also completed a doctoral thesis on ‘Interpretation of Impressionistic Piano Music’. She was the Honorary Secretary of the Beethoven Piano Society of Europe (2004-2009) and is an active contributor and reviewer for the ‘Arietta’ Journal. She has given master-classes in Armenia, Serbia, USA and UK; and is regularly engaged as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions. Mina is passionate about education and learning and she currently teaches piano at Eton College, Harrow School and Junior Guildhall.
A versatile personality, Mina Miletić shows interests in various forms of artistic expression. She has won prizes in literary competitions and has published short stories in several anthologies. In February 2009 Mina was named Belgrade Ambassador of Ecology and in July 2009 was voted in the ‘Top 10 Most Successful Young Serbs in the World’. Further details may be found on her web-site: www.minamiletic.co.uk
Dimitar Burov comes from a musical family where he began violin lessons at the age of six with his mother, a distinguished violin teacher. Later he attended the State Music School in Varna studying under Dimitar Raychev. During this time he won second prize at the National Violin Competition “S. Obretenov” and first prise at the “National Festival for Young Talents” in Sofia. He made his debut as a soloist with the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra under Ivan Marinov playing Mozart’s Violin Concerto in A-Major and also recorded a live broadcast for Varna Radio.
In 1984 he was accepted at the National State Conservatoire in Sofia where he studied violin with Professor Anton Hadjiatanassov and chamber music with Professor Zeni Zaharieva. During his studies there Dimitar gave many concerts and represented the Conservatoire in venues both at home and abroad, including visits to France, Germany, Hungary, Finland and Russia. He performed as a soloist with many of the major orchestras throughout the country and recorded for Sofia Radio. His recording of the Chausson’s “Poème” was hailed as “highly expressive and powerful”. In 1987 he won first prize at the National Violin Competition “N. Simeonova.” He obtained Bmus with distinction following which he was invited to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto in G-Major with the Sofia Radio Orchestra under Plamen Dzurov.
In 1988 Dimitar was awarded a full scholarship from the British Council to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Professor Yfrah Neaman. During his time at the Guildhall he also participated in master classes with distinguished musicians such as Georgy Pauk, Rosa Fine, Ida Haendel, Erich Gruenberg, David Takeno and others. He completed the Advanced Solo Study Course in 1991 with distinction.
Since then Dimitar has established a busy career as a performer and a teacher.
As a soloist and chamber musician he is highly in demand and has performed in major venues and festivals throughout the UK and abroad, including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, St. John’s Smith Square, St. James’s Piccadilly, St. Martin in the Fields, Windsor Music Festival, Chichester Music Festival, Nitra Summer Festival, Istanbul Spring Festival and many others.
His international engagements have taken him to France, Germany, Finland, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong. He regularly performs in his home country Bulgaria at venues like the Varna Summer festival, Sofia Music Weeks and others. He is particularly inspired by violinist and colleague Mincho Minchev with whom he sat as a member of the jury for the First Varna Summer Violin Competition and also for ‘Pancho Vladigerov International Competition. In 2016 Dimitar was nominated for the highly acclaimed ‘Chrystal Lyre’ award in Sofia.
Dimitar has collaborated with many fine musicians including pianists Angela Hewitt, Ian Brown, cellists Mat Lindstrom and Leonid Gorohov, violinists Jack Libeck, Krzysztof Smietana, Andrew Haveron and chamber groups like the Chillingirian String Quartet, Molto Musica Ensemble, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the London Mozart Piano Trio with whom he recorded the Shostakovich Piano Quintet, a CD whish was selected as the CD of the month by Classic Music Magazine in June 2008.
As a teacher Dimitar has taught at Lancing College, North London Collegiate School and Purcell School (from 1994 to 1998). In 1998 he was appointed as full time Head of Strings at Harrow School, a busy and dynamic position which occupies him teaching violin and viola, coaching chamber music and conducting a string orchestra. Many of his pupils have been accepted at the RCM and RAM. He has given master classes in Bulgaria, France, Slovakia, Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, China and Hong Kong.
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