This season’s guest artists come to us from around the world—and right here in Tucson.
Zoran Stilin is a native of Zagreb, Croatia and a prize-winner of the former Yugoslavia National Cello Competition. He was a performing soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra, the Radio-Television Orchestra, Music Academy Symphony Orchestra, and Gaudemus Chamber Orchestra.
Zoran continued his studies in Switzerland, and later the University of Arizona, where he received a Master of Music under the direction of Gordon Epperson and Peter Rejto. During this time in Arizona is when Zoran first developed his skills as a restorer and maker of fine string instruments. He was a student of the late Karl Roy, German violin maker and one of the world’s leading authorities on violin making.
By combining his passion for music and fine instruments, Zoran offers a complete approach to instrument making and repair. His instruments and bows have won top awards at the Violin Makers Association of Arizona International Competition. He is a member of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra; principal cellist of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, with which he has performed as a soloist in previous years; and an active solo and chamber musician. In this concert, he will be performing on his latest-made cello.
Known for his deep and exciting performances, Pervez Mody enjoys a big reputation on the concert circuit. An exceptionally gifted child, he began learning the piano at the age of 4 with Feroza Dubash Labonne and Farida Dubash, teachers who profoundly influenced his musical interpretations and his understanding of classical music. Even in his youth he won a record number of competitions, prizes and distinctions and was in great demand as a concert performer. He then won a scholarship to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Margarita Fyodorava, who introduced him to the works of Alexander Scriabin. He undertook further studies with Fanny Solter and Miguel Proenca at the Karlsruhe University of Music. Since then he has appeared in concert across Europe and has performed on radio and television in India, England and Germany. He has made several CD recordings for Naxos, Thorofon and Antes, among others. He is presently recording the complete works of Scriabin on the Thorofon label.
Roberto Capocchi has played to critical acclaim throughout his native Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, as well as Canada and Belgium. He often plays and offers workshops at festivals in North and South America. Recent highlights include a tour with flutist Carol Redman; concerts and master classes for the Portland Classical Guitar Series, New Mexico Guitar Festival, and Springfield Guitar Society; and adjudicating for the Guitar Foundation of America New Mexico Symposium and for the New Mexico All-State Festival. Roberto Capocchi Plays Spanish Guitar Music is a solo 2010 CD with music by Isaac Albéniz, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Joaquín Turina and Francisco Tárrega. Tangos de Santa Fe: Matapolvos is a 2009 release of the music of Ron Strauss, where he plays the suite Tangos de Santa Fe with Carol Redman on flute and Pamela Epple on English horn. With violinist Ellen Chávez de Leitner, he released Duo Guadalupe: Music for Violin and Guitar in 2003.
Mr. Capocchi received music degrees from the Lins de Vasconcelos Conservatory and Carlos Gomes College in Brazil. He is a doctoral candidate in performance and music theory at the Bolton Guitar Studies Program at the University of Arizona, where he received a Master of Music degree in music performance. He is a recipient of the University of Arizona Dean’s Fund for Excellence, William Wolf Scholarship, and various travel grants. His teachers have included Thomas Patterson, Henrique Pinto and Sandra Costa (guitar instructors); Conrado Paulino and Kiko Moura (jazz and Brazilian music); and Ricardo Rizek (theory). Mr. Capocchi is on faculty at New Mexico Highlands University, United World College, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, New Mexico School for the Arts, and at Adams State University.
Kalin Ivanov is a prominent soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. Compared by the press to Rostropovich, Yo-Yo Ma, Piatigorsky and Jacqueline du Pré, he is quickly gaining recognition as an artist whose “dramatic urgency and expressive tone” (The Strad) is matched by “his deep, emotional, and poetic performing style” (Moscow North). A former music critic of the New York Times, Harris Goldsmith, states that “Ivanov presents himself as a player with a fine grained, luscious tone” (New York Concert Review). A winner of the C.W. Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition, he has performed in major centers in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, England, Russia, Caribbean Islands and the U.S. Mr. Ivanov’s solo performances include appearances with the top Bulgarian orchestras, as well as the Prague Sinfonietta, Moscow chamber orchestra “Cantus Firmus,” Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Virtuosi and Ensemble du Monde. He is also a founding member of the Forte String Quartet and New York Empire Trio. Mr. Ivanov is on the faculty at Brooklyn College/CUNY and Adelphi University. He also appears regularly on radio and television programs, leads cello and chamber music master classes and is a judge of international competitions in the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Ivanov records for MSR Classics and Gega New.
Edwin E. Soo Kim
Born in Korea, Edwin Eun Soo Kim began studying the violin at age 7 and won a local music competition a year later. He has since won several international competitions. After high school he moved to Vienna to continue his violin studies. He has soloed with numerous orchestras, performed recitals in Asia and Europe and released several recordings. His debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in 2007 was highly successful and he was invited back to perform the Mendelssohn, Dvorák and Tchaikovsky concertos. His debut with the Khachaturian concerto in Seoul was enthusiastically received. Currently, he is professor at Hanyang University in Seoul and lead soloist for the annual Lech Classic Music Festival at Lech am Arlberg, in western Austria.