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World Première Perfomance of Works by Peter Breiner

February 25, 2008

Two of Peter Breiner’s compositions, Slovakian Dances. Some Crazy. Some Sad. and Concerto for Giora and Orchestra will have their première performance on 6 March, 2008 at the Košice Spring Music Festival in Slovakia. The Slovak State Philharmonic, conducted by Peter Breiner, will perform four of the sixteen Slovakian Dances, representing a colourful addition to the long-lasting tradition of writing symphonic versions of folk songs and dances, like Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances.

Concerto for Giora and Orchestra was inspired by virtuoso clarinetist Giora Feidman. The work is a sinfonia concertante with an homage to Mahler’s 1st Symphony, and influences from a eclectic mix of music genres, such as classical music, tango, klezmer, jazz. Goria Feidman will play the clarinet solo in this world première performance.

Canadian-Slovak composer, conductor, pianist and arranger Peter Breiner is one of the most recorded classical musicians in the world. He has composed two symphonies, as well as orchestral, chamber and choral music. He is perhaps best know for his clever arrangements of music of Bach, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin, as well as award-winning Baroque versions for chamber orchestra of songs by the Beatles and a similar adaptation of Elvis Presley and of popular Christmas music. Breiner’s distinctive arrangements of all national anthems were used during the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.

Born and raised in Argentina, Giora Feidman grew up in the Jewish Klezmer tradition. After studies in classical music he joined the Israeli Philharmonic as the youngest appointed clarinetist. Feidman has played with many world renowned orchestras such as, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic.

The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice was established in 1968. The Philharmonic achieved great successes with its concerts in many European countries but also in important cities of Asia and Mexico. The orchestra has performed at international music festivals held in important cultural centres of the world. In 1994 The Slovak State Philharmonic, Košice was the first Slovak professional symphonic orchestra to perform in North America.


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