This year, the Valldemossa Chopin Festival Association presents a series of four concerts that music lovers cannot miss. Bulgarian violinist Vasko Vassilev and pianist Michel estelrich will open the festival on August 8 by presenting their recorded work dedicated to the works of Frédéric Chopin, for violin and piano by great violinists and composers.
One more year, the Cartoixa de Valldemossa will be, during the month of August, the exceptional setting of musical evenings dedicated to the music of Chopin. This is how the Chopin Festival returns with a program with internationally renowned pianists, who will give four concerts on Sundays from August 8 to 29. The first will be conducted by violinist Vasko Vassilev and pianist Miquel Estelrich, who will perform works by the Polish composer for violin and piano which they recently recorded on a CD.
The second date for music lovers is August 15th. Claudio constantini will perform under the starry sky of the Serra de Tramuntana. The 2021 Chopin Festival poster is complemented by concerts on August 22 and 29, with performances by Nikolay Khozyainov and François Dumont respectively.
All performances will start at 22:00 and tickets can be purchased through the ticket.ib portal, with prices at 30, 20 and 10 euros. The concerts will take place at the Plaza de la Cartoixa de Valldemossa. The festival management will take all exceptional preventive measures in view of the current COVID pandemic situation, following the directives of the health authorities.
Born in Sofia and started learning the violin at the age of five. The Bulgarian government sent him to the Moscow Conservatory for further training and from there he went to the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music in London.
He has won numerous prestigious violin competitions, including the Jacques Thibaud Competition in Paris and the Paganini Competition in Gènova. Vassilev was the Principal violin at the Royal Opera House in London since the age of 23 he has been a regular guest violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and others. He has performed in over 20 countries and worked with musicians such as Plácido Domingo, Sting, Ronnie Wood and Erasure during his career. Vasko Vassilev is the founder of the musical group Laureate and has had a long recording career.
Born in Palma (Mallorca), he is professor of piano and founder of the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands, of which he was also director. His intense and varied pianistic activity has led him to perform in major renowned theaters such as the Kennedy Center in Washington, the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid, the Victoria Eugenia Theater in San Sebastián, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona. , the Palau de la Música de Valencia, auditoriums in Madrid, Zaragoza, Santander, Italy, Portugal, Austria, France, Italy, Germany or China, either as a soloist with the orchestra, soloist or chamber music. He owns recorded 14 CD and has produced 16 books with works for piano, voice and piano, and for piano and orchestra for Frédéric Chopin, Baltasar Samper, Jaume Mas Porcel, Joan Maria Thomàs, Miquel Capllonch, Antoni Parera Fons, among other composers. He is regularly invited to participate in Paris International Summer Sessions at the École Normale de Paris, Alfred Cortot, as well as in universities in Taiwan and China. He holds a doctorate from the University of the Balearic Islands and pianist of the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra since its founding in 1989.
Pianist, bandoneonist and composer, Claudio Constantini pursues a diverse career that he has developed across five continents. Born in Lima, he began his piano studies at the National Conservatory of Peru under the tutelage of his father, Gerardo Constantini. He then obtained his higher degree in Finland, his Masters in Holland and a diploma in Paris. His original style is defined by his strong classical roots, combined with a relentless passion for certain popular musical genres, such as Latin American music and jam sessions play a key role. He has performed in some of the most important theaters in the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Festpielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Los Angeles Opera, the Munich Opera, the Palace of Arts of Barcelona and the Royal Theater of Madrid, among which the others. He has made a total of six recorded productions, all received with good screening and reviews. His book America (IBS Classical, 2018) gave him a nomination for Latin Grammy’s in 2019, in the Best Classical Album category, and 20th Century Tango (IBS, 2020) received the silver medal at the Global Music Awards.
Laureate of the Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition and Queen Elisabeth Competition, François Dumont has performed as a soloist with the Teatre Mariinsky Orchestra, the Orchester de Cleveland, the Orchester National de Lyon, the Orchester National de Lille, the Orchester National de Lorraine, the Orchester National du Lion, the ‘Colombian Symphony Orchestra, the Siecles Orchestra and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra among others, under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, François-Xavier Roth, David Reiland, Alexander Sladkovsky, Antoni Wit or Jesus López Cobos. Dumont has performed in venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, the Festival Rock d’Anthéron, the Piano aux Jacobins Festival in Toulouse, the Chopin Festival in Nohant and its European Festival in Warsaw, the Chopin Festival in Geneva, the Musika Music Festival, the Bilbao Philharmonic Society, the Kennedy Center and the University of Winterfell in Washington. He tours regularly in Japan and China. His recordings include the complete Mozart sonatas, the complete piano music by Ravel, two recitals by Chopin, the nightlife of Chopin, Moussorgsky and Bach. Dumont was only 14 when he began his studies at the Paris Conservatory with Bruno Rigutto. He then studied at Theo Lieven Piano Foundation with William Grant Naboré and at the Lake Com International Piano Academy with Dmitry Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong.
Nicolay Khozyainov was born in Blagoveshchensk in 1992, a city in the Russian Far East. He moved to the capital to continue his studies at the Central Music School, where at the age of seven he made his stage debut with Handel’s Piano Concerto at the Moscow Conservatory. He continued his graduate studies at the PITchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, from which he obtained a Medal of Honor. He currently lives in Germany, where he is pursuing graduate studies at the Hanover Hochschule fur Musik under the direction of Professor Arie Vardi. He has performed in the largest venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Kennedy Center in Washington, Wigmore Hall in London, the Louvre and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Champs-Élysées, Zurich Tonhalle or Palazzo Quirinale in Rome among many others. Khozyainov has performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Russian Philharmonic, among others. The Accord record company released in 2011 Khozyainov’s first CD with works by Chopin and Liszt. In 2012, he recorded his second CD Chopin published by the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, followed by a double CD recording with JVC Victor with works by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. His last record was released in 2014 and includes a selection of pieces by Ravel, Chopin and Liszt.