Eight seasons in Sofia
7 October, 2017
The Bulgarian violinist with Covent Garden soloists.
A band of eleven musicians from seven different countries, including Italy, the UK, Argentina and Spain, will share the stage with virtuoso Bulgarian violinist Vasko Vassilev during his 10 December concert at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. The programme will feature a total of eight seasons – the Four Seasons by Vivaldi and the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla. After creating a special atmosphere with Mozart’s A Little Night Music on the shore of the Pancharevo Lake near Sofia in late August, the Covent Garden soloists will once again treat the Bulgarian audience to a performance in collaboration with Vasko Vassilev. As is tradition with his major concerts, the violin master will be joined by his former muse and trusted stage partner Pamela Nicholson (piano, accordion).
Vasko Vassilev will weave his passionate storytelling in sounds with the help of two violins with a combined age of 616 years. He carries his Amati everywhere in his hand baggage. It has taken him 20 years to pay the value of the violin in full. The two instruments are the most expensive of Vasko’s possessions and are insured for colossal sums. He likens them to soldiers because they have never let him down before a show, even though their strings may go out of tune with the passage of time.
Vasko Vassilev was born on 14 October 1970 in Sofia. He started performing for an audience at the age of five and at seven he made his debut as a soloist of the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra. Two years later, he recorded his first vinyl record with the Sofia Philharmonic. In 1994 he became the youngest concertmaster of the Royal Opera House in London, with which he regularly plays as a soloist too. He has given concerts in dozens of countries with world-renowned artists such as Michael Jackson, Madonna, Sting, Placido Domingo, to name but a few. He also has two degrees – in violin and conducting.
Currently, Vassilev is wholly dedicated to the Royal Opera House season in London. In November he has a special concert in Tokyo together with one of Andrea Bocelli’s favourite stage partners – opera star Svetla Vassileva.