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Viola and Piano Dialogues

Viola and Piano Dialogues

2020 November 8, Sunday, 16.00
Museum of Applied Arts and Design, Vilnius

The concert moves to November 7, 2021. Tickets remain valid.

ŪLA ULIJONA ŽEBRIŪNAITĖ (viola; Lithuania, Italy)
NIKOLAI BOGDANOV (piano; Ukraine, Italy)
Viola and Piano Dialogues

ARCANGELO CORELLI – La Follia, variations for viola and piano in D minor, Op. 5 No. 12
JIEVARAS JASINSKIS – Paraphrase Ulijona for viola and piano
VALENTIN SILVESTROV – Three pieces for piano from Bagatellen
FRANZ SCHUBERT – Sonata Arpeggione in A minor, D. 821

Violist Ūla Ulijona Žebriūnaitė lives in Turin (Italy) where she has served as the principal viola of the prestigious Italian Radio and Television (RAI) Orchestra for more than a decade. Žebriūnaitė is a regular participant of the Kronberg Festival, has appeared in Lockenhaus, Gstaad, Verbier, Aspen and other festivals, gives concerts with the EST String Trio and the Salon Orchester Ensemble, is a faculty member at both the G. Verdi State Conservatory in Turin and the V. Baravalle Institute of Music in Fossano. The violist is a rare guest on the National Philharmonic stage, however her concerts always leave deep impression and keep the audience wondering what this daring and resourceful musician, overstepping the boundaries of established concert norms, will bring next time.

This time, connoisseurs of Žebriūnaitė’s talent will hear chamber music. The viola player collaborates with Ukrainian pianist Nikolai Bogdanov, living in Italy. He is a winner of international competitions, a scholarship holder of the Master dei Talenti of the Turin CRT Foundation, an associate professor at the V. Baravalle’s Music Institute in Fossano and the A. Casella Music Institute in Novi Ligure. In addition to giving solo concerts he also collaborates with chamber ensembles and appears as a soloist with orchestras of various countries.

“I met pianist Nikolai Bogdanov in 2010, we both teach at the Institute of Music in Fossano. As soon as we got acquainted, we both felt sincere and warm connection – as it happens between two musicians who have lived abroad for many years, but still feel incomers. Nikolai and I are peers, we share the feeling of longing for home, similar childhood memories, we always congratulate one another on the occasion of our national holidays. Therefore, the idea to organize concerts together in Lithuania was born naturally. By the way, we will also perform in Ukraine. The programme is not accidental: we wanted transparent, vibrant and beautiful music as a refreshment, a revival after a long-lasting pandemic that took many lives, especially in Italy. We are preparing for the concert with excitement, because every return to the homeland is not only pleasant, but it also requires to be very responsible, as if every time we are taking an artistic exam”, says Ūla Ulijona about the duo’s concert.

The concert programme is very wide stylistically: from an almost acrobatically virtuoso variations La Follia (meaning “bizarreness” or “musical prowess”) by Italian Baroque genius Arcangelo Corelli to contemporary composers – the renowned Ukrainian Valentin Silvestrov, and Lithuanian trombonist and composer Jievaras Jasinskis. By the way, the latter’s new composition Ulijona, a paraphrase of a famous Lithuanian folk song, is dedicated to Ūla Ulijona. The highlight of the programme is the Sonata Arpeggione by the immortal Franz Schubert, written for piano and arpeggione, a six-stringed instrument from the 1820s that combined the features of guitar and cello. Unfortunately, the arpeggione’s gentle sound contributed to its short life, as it could not compete with the louder instruments of violin family; it was poorly heard in the new, larger concert halls. The sonata performed on the viola will evoke the subtlety of the extinct instrument and Schubert’s work, as well as the unlimited technical possibilities of the instruments.

Ticket prices
8 Eur

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