Happy new Year!

Dear friends, the New Year has come, and lots of new events, meetings, concerts, and projects are ahead of us. I wish you all patience, health and good luck in successfully achieving everything that you intend to. Let the new year make your dearest wishes come true! I genuinely believe it is possible; the most important thing is not to stray from the chosen path and to see your goal clearly. See you all soon! All the best!

Duo of lutists in Bratislava

A couple of days ago we had the pleasure to listen to an incredible duo of lutists: Joachim Held (Germany) and Jan Čižmář (Czech Republic). The baroque music, deciphered manuscripts found in Austrian and Moravian castles – the above mentioned already implied a beautiful and pleasant evening. So I thought on our way to Pállfy Palace, but I didn’t expect I’d watch literal magic unfold before my eyes. Two hours of enchanting music of Telemann, Weichenberger, Falkenhagen, Losy and Weiss –  the composers who are little known to a wide audience, whose music is maybe very chamber and too slow for our insane times. But now of all times we need this music, which cleanses and heals the mind. I would even say that the concert felt like I visited a yoga class, but much better. Overall, it was a relaxation and an inspiration for me as an artist; such a new genre of music to fuel my creativity!


The Dream of Gerontius in Bratislava

Angels, demons, souls; the orchestra, the soloists and the choir — all of those things in one concert, although twice — on the 5th and the 6th of December in the Slovak Philharmonic in Bratislava. An incredibly beautiful oratorio by Sir Edward Elgar; The Dream of Gerontius. Speaking of which, in the the composer’s homeland, in England, his music is considered a part of the national heritage. A hundred years later the interest in that music has understandably rekindled — it really is beautiful! I really recommend to hear this concert out; the tickets are still available.

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Singing Beethoven’s 9th in Musikverein, Vienna, 20.10.19

What could be better than listening to the unparalleled Ode to Joy by Beethoven? And then, coming out of Musikverein, enjoying the beautiful weather promised to us this weekend, taking a stroll through lovely Vienna parks, then surely stopping by some cozy restaurant? That is our plan: Beethoven’s 9th in Musikverein on the 20th of October 2019 at 11.a.m.. The conductor is Noriaki Kitamura.
Join along!

© Elena Shatokhina