Sunday November 11, 2018 in Mclean
Natasha & Zino Bogachek, “Duo Concertone”
with Igor Veligan
Natasha Bogachek, violin
Zinoviy Bogachek, violin
Igor Veligan, viola
Note that at this salon, we were joined by Sofia Vettori, who made all three of the instruments used in the performance. We were also joined by David Brobst and we thank Brobst Violins for generously loaning 2 of the instruments. Check out this fascinating video featuring Sofia, Zino and Brobst family members, etc.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhFWnEm175o (but beware: you will wind up wanting one of these instruments!)
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN
TRIO OP. 87
TERZETTO NO.2, OP. 61
Zino and Natasha Bogachek, the husband and wife violin duo, were both born in the former Soviet Union and share many similarities in their lives. They both attended special music schools for gifted children and continued their studies with renowned violinists and master teachers – Natasha in Moscow Conservatory with Prof. A. Vinnitsky and Zino in Lviv Conservatory with Prof. M. Veitzner. At an early age they began concert careers, performing recitals and appearing as soloists with various orchestras in the former USSR, Europe and the United States. They met and were married after coming to the United States when Natasha was earning an Artist Diploma at Peabody Conservatory with Professors B. Senofsky and H. Greenberg and while Zino received his Master’s Degree from Boston University studying with Professors Y. Mazurkevich and E. Lehner.
Duo Concertone was founded in 1997 out of a desire to offer audiences a variety of programs including a lesser-known repertoire of works for two violins. Since then the Duo Concertone has performed numerous recitals throughout the United States and Italy, including the solo appearances with Centennial Philharmonic and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and recorded for classical music radio stations in Colorado and Tennessee. In 2003 Duo Concertone in collaboration with Vernissage Records released a world premiere recording of Telemann’s Six Sonatas for Two Violins, Op. 2. Praised for their homogeneity and style, Duo Concertone has presented critically acclaimed programs of works taken from three centuries of music.
Currently, Zino and Natasha are members of the Washington, D.C. major ensembles, the Washington National Opera Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra respectively.
“…flawless technique and a togetherness that is breathtaking” — (J. McLellan, The Washington Post)
“…excellent musicians who make a very accomplished pairing” — (Barker, American Record Guide)
“…vigorous and thoughtful musicianship” — (R. Maxham, Fanfare)
Igor Veligan, lecturer in violin, viola, and Chamber Music at the University of the Pacific joined the faculty of the Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2006. He has also been teaching at American River College 2004-2015.
He holds a Master Degree in violin performance and chamber music from Odessa State Conservatory. His teachers included Zoja Istomina and Galina Gritzenko. Mr. Veligan founded the Odessa Conservatory String Quartet, which performed extensively in Ukraine, toured in Freiburg, Germany, Tokyo, and Niigata, Japan.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Veligan performs extensively with pianist Natsuki Fukasawa, collaborates with various chamber ensembles and has been a guest violist with the Trio 180. He has also performed as a violist with the Chamber Music Society of Sacramento for the past ten years. Igor Veligan is an artist faculty member of the Hawaii Performing Art Festival, Orfeo International Music Festival (Italy). He is a co-founder and artistic director of Chamber Music Festival at San Domenico Conservatory.
As an orchestra performer Mr. Veligan serves as concertmaster of Pacific Chamber Symphony. He served as a guest concertmaster of the Sacramento Philharmonic and principal violist with the Reno Philharmonic for ten years.
In 2013 Igor Veligan along with pianist Natsuki Fukasawa released a titled “Voices if Eastern Europe” featuring violin and piano sonatas by Enescu, Skoryk and Babadjanian.