Violinist Lidya Dobrevska and oboist Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska from Macedonia will perform in a concert featuring famous compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House this week.
Violinist Lidya Dobrevska (left) and oboist Gordana Josifova Nedelkovska from Macedonia will perform at a concert featuring music by Bach at the HCM City Opera House on August 9. (Photo: courtesy of HBSO)
Dobrevska and Nedelkovska will open the night with Bach’s Double Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Strings No 1 in C Minor. The work was composed in 1736 for two harpsichords, but the version for violin and oboe is a reconstruction of what was thought to have been the original, and was first published in 1970.
Both musicians will continue with the Concerto Grosso No 2 for Violin, Oboe and Chamber Orchestra by Vietnamese composer Nguyen Manh Duy Linh, a graduate of the Magnitogorsk State Conservatory in Russia.
Linh is the stage manager and head of the performing arts department of the HCM City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO).
The second part of the concert will feature Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue, which was originally composed for church organ. It was adapted for the symphony orchestra by English conductor Leopold Stokowski, who recorded it with the Philadelphia Orchestra in the US in 1927.
Violinist Dobrevska won numerous prizes at competitions for young violinists before joining the Academic Music College of the Moscow State Conservatory of P.I. Tchaikovsky in Russia.
She has performed as a soloist with many symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles in Russia, Italy, France, Greece, Germany, Bulgaria and Sweden, among others.
She has been a member of the Macedonia Philharmonic Orchestra since 1992, after which she became a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Radio-Television. In 1997, she became a leader of the violin section of both orchestras.
Oboist Nedelkovska studied at prestigious music schools in Macedonia, Poland and Canada. She has performed as a soloist with many great orchestras in the world, such as the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Chapel of Saint Petersburg from Russia, and Kimy Sinfonieta orchestra from Finland.
In 2015, Dobrevska became a member of the prestigious French Order of Arts and Letters. She is currently a professor at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. She teaches oboe, chamber music and the methodology of teaching wind instruments.
Conductor Le Phi Phi, who has returned from Macedonia, will lead the concert.
Phi, who graduated from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1993, was the principal conductor of the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra until 2000.
He was the resident conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the city of Nis, Serbia from 2007-2012. He has toured in Macedonia, Russia, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Albania and Bulgaria, and is currently teaching at the Macedonian Centre of Opera and Ballet.
The concert will begin at 8pm on August 9 at the Opera House at 7 Lam Son Square in District 1. Tickets range from 200,000 VND to 650,000 VND (80,000 VND for students), and are available at the venue’s box office and www.ticketbox.vn.-VNS/VNA