with guest pianist Marina Rogozhyna

Sunday March 11, 2001 at 3pm Brooklyn Conservatory of Music 58 Seventh Avenue (corner of Lincoln Place)

Program: D. Shostakovich - String Quartet, Op.110 and Piano Quintet, Op.57 For more info: 718-859-6399

The Forte String Quartet was founded in 1990. Their artistic portfolio includes number of concerts and tours in England, France, Austria, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Greece and USA. The quartet is recipient of a grant for extraordinary achievements from the "Open Society" Foundation.

The Forte String Quartet concert activities feature regular concerts as part of chamber music concerts series, their own quartet recitals, educational concerts and recordings in Europe and USA. The quartet explores the standard classic repertoire and experiments with contemporary music projects.

They also collaborate with other professional artists, sometimes extending the size of their ensemble. The Forte String Quartet schedule for season 2000/2001 includes concerts at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall; Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts; Tenri Cultural Institute chamber music concert series; Manhattan Virtuosi chamber music concert series; Performances and Recordings on a Chamber Music Festivals in Europe and USA; Educational concerts and other music projects.

During the season 2000/2001, the Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra features the Forte String Quartet as "Quartet in Residence". The quartet members lead the orchestra's string sections and perform as soloists.

Michael Kuchuk, violinist, graduated in 1995 from The Academy of Music in Odessa, Ukraine and completed his Master Degree in Performing Arts in Freiburg, Germany. In 1990 he won the 1st prize at Ukrainian National Violin Competition. He performed as a soloist and concertmaster and participated in concert tours in Germany, Italy and France with Odessa Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra between 1991 and 1995. In the same time Mr. Kuchuk held a full-time position at Odessa State Opera House. Between 1995 and 1997 he performed with Freiburg Chamber Orchestra and Frankfurt Chamber Orchestra in Germany. In 1996 he won the 1st prize at Baden-Wurtemberg Violin competition. He was the recipient of David Oistrakh Scholarship in 1991-1995 in Odessa, Ukraine and Rosenberg Fondation in 1995-1997 in Freiburg, Germany. Since 1997 he lives in New York. In 1997-98 he performed as a solo violinist at Forever Tango on Broadway. At present Mr. Kuchuk teaches violin and chamber music at The Music Institute of Long Island and performs with Manhattan Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Di Capo Opera, Bachanalia Chamber Orchestra, Connecticut Grand Opera and others.

Oleksandr Abayev, violinist, graduated from Lysenko Music School for gifted children in Kiev. Between 1987-1995 he completed his Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees at Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Ukraine. During his years of study Oleksandr participated in many solo and chamber music competitions. He is a winner of Radio Record International Competition Concertino Prague, Kiev City Contest, Vox Populi Special Prize at the First Music Festival of Regina and Vladimir Horowitz, the 7th Pierre Lantier International Competition in Paris, France and the 11th Chamber Music International Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy. As a permanent member of the Kiev Chamber Orchestra Oleksandr has toured USA, Europe and the East. He was also a member of the Kiev String Quartet which extensively performed in Ukraine's major cities and in Europe as well. Since 1997 Mr. Abayev lives in New York and performs with numerous chamber and symphony orchestras. He is a Concertmaster and Guest Soloist of the Newburgh Greater Symphony, NY and principal violin at Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra. Mr. Abayev also performs with Westchester Chamber Orchestra and Di Capo Opera.

Roumiana Petrova, violist, graduated in 1994 from the Academy for Music and Dance Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and completed her Master Degree in Performing Arts at The University of Pretoria, South Africa. Between 1994-1999 she held full time positions at Pretoria State Opera, Cape Town Symphony, The Natal Philharmonic and Baroque 2000 Chamber Ensemble in South Africa. As a member of The Forte String Quartet she has performed in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, France, England and US. Since 1999 Mrs. Petrova lives in New York. Presently she teaches violin, viola and chamber music and conducts the String Orchestra at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Petrova performs with various orchestras and chamber music ensembles in New York and Connecticut.

Kalin Ivanov, cellist, is a prominent recitalist, chamber musician, soloist, and recording artist. A native of Bulgaria he began studying cello at age of 6 with his father. Mr. Ivanov holds Master of Music degree from Brooklyn College, where he studied cello with Marion Feldman. He has participated in master classes given by distinguished cellists such as: David Soyer, Nathaniel Rosen, Steven Doane, Laurence Lesser and others. In 1999 Mr. Ivanov won the C.W.Post Chamber Music Festival Concerto Competition. He has performed in Bulgaria, Greece, Austria, Switzerland, France, England and US. His recordings include broadcasts for Voice of America, Bulgarian National Radio and Television. Mr. Ivanov is currently teaching cello and chamber music at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College Preparatory Center. This year Mr. Ivanov taught cello and chamber music at the Manhattan School Summer Camp, and led cello master classes with Marion Feldman and performed in recital with her broadcasts by the Bulgarian National Radio and TV. Mr. Ivanov is the recepient of the Chancellor's Award and Cultural Achievement Award for teaching and performing in the U.S.. In 1999, he was awarded a grant from the Artist Fund of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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