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Meet our piano participant Kaiyan Qian

Kaiyan Qian who comes from Shanghai China, is now taking her master degree on California State University Northridge, her major is piano performance. She started learning piano at age 9 and have taken part in several piano competitions and summer programs in China. Working with Vidin sinfonietta at the IMA is her first time to…
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Distinguished conductor Vera Volchanski joins the faculty

Vera Volchansky, described as a conductor of “impeccable taste…whose artistic ability transforms a performance into a meaningful event,” has worked with orchestras and various instrumental and choral ensembles in the United States as well as Europe and Russia.  She most recently led four staged performances of Lucia di Lammermoor with Vocal Productions NYC, and on…
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Spotlight on resident composer David Brown

Aspiring to art that is equal parts intellectual and beautiful, Philadelphian composer David Matthew Brown synthesizes modality, quartal and quintal harmony, dense polyphony, distinct melody, and a keen sense of direction to create “that which he most wants to hear.” His compositions have been performed, commissioned and/or recorded by The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra,…
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Participant Spotlight – Alan Murray

  International Musicians Academy welcomes long time friend Alan Murray.  Maestro Marinescu – Artistic Director – has collaborated with Mr. Murray on several occasions in concerti by Mozart and Saint-Saens.  In Vidin Alan Murray will perform Piano Concerto no. 2 by Saint-Saëns, as well as Chopin 2nd.   Alan brings to his artistry a very…
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Food facts

Bulgarian food is tasty, fresh and hearty. Bulgaria is famous for its quality vegetables and dairy products and its variety of mild spices. Pork and chicken are the most common forms of meat, though seafood, fish and veal dishes are also popular and lamb has a special traditional place in Bulgarian cooking.  On a recent…
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Vidin Visit

My first visit to Vidin, Bulgaria, was a quick 14-hour jaunt in the middle of January. The day before I had a concert in Bacău, Romania, in which I was a soloist in Prokofiev’s Symphony Concerto (conducted by Ovidiu Bălan) and I conducted Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5. Following the marathon performance, I took a night train to…
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