Schubert SM&RT Concert | 13 May 2012

Veneta Neynska, piano

Ticket holders are entitled to a free entry for the pre-concert. They are also invited to a glass of wine with the comliments of Modo. The pre-concert talk starts at 19:00 in the Central Military Club’s Concert Hall. The wine reception starts at 19:30.


Franz Schubert

Moments Musicaux, op. 94

I. Moderato
II. Andantino in A-flat major
III. Allegro moderato in F minor
IV. Moderato in C-sharp minor
V. Allegro vivace in F minor
VI. Allegretto in A-flat major

Sonata in G Major, op. 78, D 894

I. Molto moderato cantabile
II. Andante
III. Menuetto. Allegro moderato
IV. Allegretto

Veneta Neynska, piano (biography)

“If you can’t find meaning in every note you play, there is no reason to play it at all!” Guided by this principle in her music making, Veneta Neynska is a much-loved performer whose playing touches all hearts and minds. “Honesty in art is most important to me”, Veneta admits, “an audience can only relate to what you do, when feeling you are truly sincere and open to them”.

Devoted to the cause of making classical music more accessible and understandable for the general audience, Veneta’s latest project involves producing classical music videos with subtitles. The text provides useful information about the musical structure, history and meaning at exact moments, rather than having it all as programme notes disconnected from the actual music. Most of Veneta’s live performances are accompanied by subtitles on a screen.

Veneta Neynska’s music education started at her native country, Bulgaria. After graduating from the National School of Music with the highest honors, she moved to the USA to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree with the world renowned pianist John Perry at USC. A full tuition scholarship and the opportunity to study with Joan Havill, led her to London and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for a Master’s Degree. Masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal, Dominique Merlet played an important role in her development as a musician.

Veneta is thankful to the generous support of Gabriel Mekler Memorial Scholarship and the City of London Trust.

Competition prizes include Second Prize in Ibiza, Spain (1999), the Third Prize at the “SEILER” Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria (2001), the First Prize at the 7th International Piano Competition in Larnaca, Cyprus, Beethoven Prize from the Guildhall School (February, 2008), Second Prize at the Christopher Duke Competition in Watford, United Kingdom (April, 2008), Third and Audience Prize at the Beethoven Intercollegiate competition (November, 2008), and others.

In June 2009, Veneta Neynska won the First Prize at the Beethoven Hradec competition in the Czech Republic. This led to her very successful performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 3 with Jan??ek Philharmonic Orchestra Ostrava under Jakub Zidek and an invitation to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the competition. This was celebrated in June 2011 with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Her partners were violinist Jan Mracek and cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot under the batton of Rostislav Hali?ka.

Veneta is a mother of a two-year old son, loves to cook for her friends and is a huge fan of contemporary art. Together with her husband, she has created the Modo Art Gallery in Sofia – a space where music, art and education meet with the goal of making all of these accessible to as many people as possible.

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