Romanian Music Night at St. Paul's - Columbia University
Matei Varga & Friends
Join the Romanian Club at Columbia University for a night of Romanian Music at St. Paul’s Chapel with extraordinary Matei Varga and his guests pianist Iulia Marin and violinist Svetlana Tsoneva.
New York-‐based pianist Matei Varga is established as one of the leading young artists of his
native Romania. He has performed at major venues around
the world, among them Zankel Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre and Salle Gaveau (Paris), the Romanian Athenaeum and the Radio Hall (Bucharest), Royal Dramatic Theater (Stockholm), or Casals Hall (Tokyo). Mr. Varga is a prizewinner of numerous international competitions, including the Maria
Canals Competition in Barcelona, the Porto International
Piano Competition and the George Enescu Competition in
Bucharest. He also won the Dorothy Mackenzie Artist Recognition Award at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, the “Salon de Virtuosi” Career Grant and the Mannes Concerto Competition. All Music Guide wrote about his Naxos album
produced by Max Wilcox, with piano music by George Enescu, that it shows “a pianist fully on top of the rather punishing and never showy virtuosity required by
Enescu's music” and declared the recording a “standout”.
He holds a BA from the National University of Music in Bucharest, a Master of Music degree and a Professional
Studies Diploma from New York's Mannes College of Music.
Mr. Varga is a teacher at the Lucy Moses Music School in
New York City and the Project Manager of the Vendome Prize.
Romanian born pianist Iulia Marin has performed
recitals in New York (Carnegie’s Weill Hall), Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Ploiesti, Braila, Tulcea, Birlad, Sinaia and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana. Iulia has performed with
the Youth Orchestra "Dinu Lipatti", conductor Nicolae
Racu, "Sinfonia Bucuresti" Orchestra, conductor William
Kempster (Australia), the National Youth Orchestra, conductor Tiberiu Soare, Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra conductor David Marcian (Romania), and Shumen
State Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Stanislav Ushev
(Bulgaria) and Robert Gutter (USA). Iulia is several times prize winner in national and international piano
competitions: I Prize of “W. A. Mozart” International Interpretation Competition, 8th edition, “The Golden Lyre” Special Prize of the Jury, II Prize “Sofia Cosma”
International Piano Competition, Arad; Silver and Bronze
Medal at The World Piano Competition, Cincinnati USA, IIIrd Prize at the “Orange Contest for Young Musicians”.
Iulia is currently a candidate for the Bachelor of Music
degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studies with Phillip Kawin.
Violinist Svetlana Tsoneva made her Weill Recital
Hall at Carnegie Hall solo debut in February 2005. A
top-‐prizewinner in the “Svetoslav Obretenov” (Bulgaria, 1994), “Eugen Coca” (Moldova, 1997), “Young String Players” (CA, 1998 and 1999), and “Five Towns” (NY, 2005) violin competitions, she was chosen to participate
in radio show "From the Top", which broadcast her performance on radio stations across the nation and
brought her the "Best Choice of the Audience Award" in
1999. Ms. Tsoneva enjoys a versatile career as a performer, studio musician, and educator. Her recent solo performance discography includes Stingʼs If On A
Winterʼs Night, produced by Sting and Robert Sadin (Deutsche Grammophon, 2009), The Space Between Chiara
Civello, Decca/Universal 2007), Mannes College's A
Performance Sampler (2005), and Eddie Higgins' Moonlight
Becomes You (Venus Records, Japan, 2003), among many
others. Additional highlights have included performances
in “A Winterʼs Night” (Sting, Cathedral of St. John The
Divine, NY 2009), “Jazz at Lincoln Center-‐-‐Wynton
Marsalis with Strings” (Lincoln Center, NY, 2005), "Classical Savion" with renowned tap-‐dancer Savion Glover (Joyce Theater, NY, 2005), Wayne Shorter: “Life
on Stage” (Carnegie Hall, 2003), and Caetano Veloso: A
Foreign Sound (Beacon Theater, NY, 2004). Svetlana Tsoneva started playing violin at age five and made her
solo debut with orchestra at age nine, in her native
Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She took on her first tour at the age
of thirteen, performing throughout Austria and Germany,
and later on, as a soloist with Chamber Orchestra “Plovdiv”, she performed in Bulgaria, France, Belgium,
and Greece. Ms. Tsoneva holds a Master of Music degree
from Mannes College, and a Bachelor of Music degree from
New England Conservatory of Music.