Ukrainian Tkachenko/Lopatynskyi duo, National Opera and Ballet’s gala concert, Bolero premiere at Ohrid Summer

The concert of the Ukrainian duo Dima Tkachenko-violin and Roman Lopatynskyi-piano and gala concert and ballet premiere of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero of the National Opera and Ballet will be staged Thursday evening within Ohrid Summer Festival.

Ohrid, 13 August 2020 (MIA) – The concert of the Ukrainian duo Dima Tkachenko-violin and Roman Lopatynskyi-piano and gala concert and ballet premiere of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero of the National Opera and Ballet will be staged Thursday evening within Ohrid Summer Festival.

The concert of the Ukrainian duo will be held in St. Sophia Church, while artists of the National Opera and Ballet will perform at the open stage of Dolni Saraj.

Ukraine-born violinist Dima Tkachenko started playing the violin and piano before the age of 6. He studied at the Lysenko Music School in Kyiv, graduating to the National Music Academy of Ukraine (former Kyiv Conservatoire) studying under Bogodar Kotorovych and Yaroslava Rivniak. In 1998 he was invited to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under Yfrah Neaman. In 2002 Dima was made a Fellow of the Guildhall School and until 2008 was working with Krzysztof Smietana and David Takeno.

Tkachenko was awarded the Guildhall School Concert Recital Diploma (Premier Prix) and was a prize-winner at several international violin competitions including the Carl Nielsen Competition (Odense, Denmark), the Lysenko Competition (Kyiv, Ukraine) and the Wronski Solo Violin Competition (Warsaw, Poland).

He has toured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas and performed at such venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Cadogan Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Toronto’s Roy Tomson Hall, Cologne Philharmonie, Moscow’s Great Hall of the Conservatoire, Tokyo Opera City, Liszt Academy Hall in Budapest, Konzerthaus in Berlin, Megaron in Athens, Palau de Musica in Barcelona and Auditorio Nacional in Madrid.

Apart from his busy concert career, Dima Tkachenko presently teaches at the National Music Academy of Ukraine, gives masterclasses (the recent ones in Japan, Korea, Singapore, China, Turkey, Malta, Poland and Lithuania), goes on jury to several international competitions, is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Benjamin Britten International Music Competitions in London and the Artistic Director of the Lysenko International Music Competition in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Roman Lopatynskyi was born in Kiev in 1993 and started to play the piano at the age of five and just after three years already won his first special prize. In 2009 the young pianist entered the class of Boris Petrushansky at the International Academy Incontri con il Maestro in Italy. In the same year, he started studying with Sergii Riabov at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Lopatyinskyi is a laureate of over 20 international piano competitions, such as Hamamatsu International Piano Competition, Busoni Competition in Bolzano, Italy and “V. Horowitz” International Piano Competition in Kiev, “Luciano Luciani” competition in Cosenza and the “Russian piano music” competition in San Remo. He was a member of the Heidelberg Festival Academy in 2017.

He is a regular guest of renowned international concert halls and festivals such as Ginza Hall, Tokyo, Steinway Hall, New York, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, St. Petersburg, the Next Generation Festival in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, the Festival Heidelberger Frühling and shared successful collaborations with the National Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic of Ukraine, the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, the German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken, Arena di Verona Orchestra  and the Filarmonica del Teatro Comunale di Bologna. He also had a debut in Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Vienna.

Gala concert including the opera soloist Sandra Mitrovska – soprano, Katerina Stojanovska – soprano, Gjorgji Cuckovski – tenor and Vladimir Sazdovski – bass, under the baton of Bisera Chadlovska will be performed by the National Opera and Ballet.

Women’s ballet ensemble of the National Opera and Ballet will perform ballet premiere of Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero” choreographed by Sasha Evtimova.

“Dance is a celebration of life. Dance is an art of space and time, a never-ending journey, a form of meditation that lives through centuries. Dancing is an arrangement or pattern in space. It is an arrangement in time, as music is, and employs time rhythm, as does music…Dancing employs rhythm in both spheres – audible and visual. It is a time-space art, and the only one. Music must be swallowed by movement, magnetic forces that unite a group, the powers of rhythm that carry the body through space. Having these quotes as a reference for the piece, considering that the topic we are dealing with is very complicated and restricted, but is still gives us the freedom to express. Having this idea of seeing the dancers as musical notes that travel through time and space, the music is the base and the body is the instrument, just like the painter uses the brush to the canvas, a sculpture uses his hands or a writer using the blank pages, filling it out with every single letter. If we think that dance is a pattern in space, so is the music. Dance connects arts and culture and unites all nations around the world. Dance is the universal language,” reads the announcement for tonight’s show at Ohrid Summer Festival.

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