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An Evening of Russian/Soviet music for Bassoon and Piano

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A unique opportunity to enjoy an evening of classical music including rarely performed works by Russian/Soviet composers such as Glinka, Rachmaninov, Babajanian, Glière and Miroschnikov... written for bassoon and piano duo and for piano solo.

Giorgio Mandolesi is the principal solo bassoonist of the famous "Orchestre de Paris" and professor at the Paris (CNSMDP) and Zurich (ZHdK) Conservatoires and visiting professor at the Royal College of Music in London.

He graduated from the "Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia" in Rome in 1991 obtaining the Premier Prix in the class of Professor Marco Costantini, and later on studied baroque and classical bassoon with Professor Alberto Grazzi in Milan, obtaining the Premier Prix in 1999. He also studied with Milan Turkovic in Florence and Daniele Damiano, Principal bassoon with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Accademia Chigiana in Sienna. At an early age he became Principal bassoon with the Italian Youth Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the European Community, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Later on he held posts of Principal bassoon at the leading Italian Orchestras, such as the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, Teatro P.L. Palestrina in Cagliari, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa (1995 - 2002). In 2003 he moved to France taking on the post of Principal bassoon "Supersoliste" at the prestigious "Orchestre de Paris".

He is also very interested in historic instruments and baroque music, and performs extensively with a great number of ensembles for period music, such as Il Giardino Armonico and Cecilia Bartoli, La Petite Bande de Sigiswald Kuikjen, Europa Galante de Fabio Biondi, La Grande Ecurie, La Chambre de Roi de Jean - Claude Malgloire, Balthasar Neumann, Ensemble de Thomas Hengelbrock, L'Orchestre de Nations de Jordi Savall, Concerto Italiano de Rinaldo Alessandrini, amongst others. He is also a member of two Windoctets, the Ensemble Philidor and Ensemble Zefiro, and regularly collaborates with musicians such as Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo and Alberto Grazzi.

He is member of the famous French wind instrument quintet "Moragues". London audiences had the opportunity to hear him at the London Proms 2006 playing chamber music with pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach. Highlights also include the performance of the Mozart Bassoon Concerto as soloist with the Orchestre de Paris at the "Salle Pleyel" in March 2014.
He held teaching posts in Spain at the Jove Orchestra de Catalunya (Barcelona) and the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya, and was Professor of baroque and classical bassoon and chamber music at the Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo, Italy. He is currently holding the Professorship for baroque and modern bassoon at the ZHdK - Zurcher Hochschule der Kunst, Switzerland (since 2001) and is also teaching at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et Danse de Paris (CNSMDP, since 2003). He is regularly invited to give masterclasses in Japan, China, Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Latvia the USA, and since 2013 as visiting Professor at the Royal College of music in London.

He recorded for Virgin Records (Concerto "Tempesta di mare" by Antonio Vivaldi for flute, oboe and bassoon with Europa Galante), Calliope, Stradivarius and Bongiovanni, as well as the Italian and French National Radio and Radio Vatican

Classical pianist Nataša Šarčević is active on the international music scene as a soloist as well as a passionate chamber musician. She won a number of prizes in international competitions resulting in concert invitations in Germany, Austria, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Brazil, the UK, Latvia, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, and Italy. She also performs in the leading venues in the UK, including the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square, St. Martin's in the Fields, St. James's Piccadilly and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, to mention a few. She studied at the renowned Specialist Music School "Stevan Mokranjac" and at the University of Arts in Belgrade (FMU), the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, and at the Royal College of Music in London with professors Olga Jovanović, Jokut Mihailović, Lev Natochenny, Irina Zaritskaya as well as working in masterclasses with Peter Katin, Dmitry Bashkirov, Bella Davidovich, Gallina Eguiazarova and Cristina Ortiz, amongst others. Since the age of 12 she started winning numerous prizes in national competitions. At the age of 17 her recital in Belgrade, at the Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences (Gallery SANU) was selected as one of the top ten concerts of the season by the critics of the prestigious NIN Magazine. A few months later she won first prizes in two international competitions in Italy within one week of each other, "Città di Stresa" and "Carlo Soliva", which resulted in an invitation for her first concert tour. She also won the LCM "Beethoven Prize" and the"Victor Hoddy Prize" in London, respectively, as well as the "Petar Konjović Prize" in Belgrade. In her final year as a student she has been awarded the prestigious "Olga Mihailović Prize" awarded by the Faculty of Music of the University of Arts in Belgrade to the most talented student of the generation . She has performed for the "Park Lane Group Monday Platform" at the Wigmore Hall, and has given concerts for the "Beethoven Piano Society of Europe" and for EPTA UK, amongst others.


As a soloist she performed with the leading Serbian symphony orchestras: the Belgrade Philharmonic (Liszt and Tchaikovsky concertos), the Symphony Orchestra of the Serbian Radio and Television (Chopin Concerto no. 2) and members of the English Chamber Orchestra (Saint-Saëns). Her recitals have been recorded and transmitted on Slovenian, Serbian and Latvian Radio and TV.


Her musical interests are highly versatile and her broad repertoire is ranging from Bach to Schnittke, Webern and Takemitsu. However, over the recent years she dedicated special attention to the solo piano works of Liszt and the chamber music repertoire of Brahms.


Her latest project of which she is the founder is the concert series "An Evening of Armenian, Serbian and Bulgarian Classical Music" which aims to promote new music by composers from these Eastern European countries, based on the Byzantine spiritual tradition they all have in common. It was launched in February 2017 at St. James's Church Piccadilly and has been met with great interest and enthusiasm by the audience who had the chance to experience something unique and unusual and hear pieces for piano solo as well as various ensembles by composers of the 20th century, as well as five world premieres of contemporary composers. Other concerts in this series were held in the Belgrade Philharmonic Hall with members of the Belgrade Philharmonic Wind Quintet, at the "Luci della Ribalta" International Music Festival in Narni, Italy and the future concerts include Evaristo Valle Museum in Gijòn, Spain as well as St. James's Church Piccadilly in London in February 2018.


Between 1994 - 1998 she held the post of Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of Arts in Belgrade. Since 2003 she has been associated with the London College of Music, University of West London as an accompanist to the Strings Department, Chamber Music and Vocal Coach, and where she holds the post of instrumental professor of piano since 2006. She held master classes in Italy, Latvia, Serbia, Slovenia and the UK. Between 2008-2012 for five consequent years she taught at the North London Piano School Summer Courses held at the Purcell School of Music. Since 2012 she teaches at the summer courses "Associazione Mozart International Masterclasses" in Narni, near Rome, Italy, which are held every August. She served as jury member at the London International Music Competition as well as the "Premio Clivis" in Rome and the "Associazione Mozart sede di Terni" Competition in Italy.

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