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“Fantasies, Fairytales, & NIghtmares”: Pianist Ani Gogova presents new CD in New York

“Fantasies, Fairytales, & NIghtmares”: Pianist Ani Gogova presents new CD in New York

Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:00pm
Consulate General of Bulgaria in New York,
121 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10065
Free Admission
Consulate General of Bulgaria invites you to the New York release of a new piano album. Award-winning Bulgarian-American pianist Ani Gogova bends the conventions of presenting classical music in her debut solo recording. Starting with the strikingly dramatic CD package design, created by one of Europe’s leading visual artists, the album takes the listeners on a journey to the pianist’s world of “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares.” The music ranges from all-time favorite Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata to lesser known Medtner’s magical Fairytales; from the intimate beauty of romantic fantasy pieces of Schumann and Brahms to the whimsical humor of Shostakovich, the electrifying energy of Prokofiev, and the enigmatic code of Ligeti.

Gary Lemco of Audiophile Audition praises the new CD in an in-depth review:

Acclaimed for her innovative approach to classical music, Ani Gogova appears in over 40 performances each season throughout Europe and North America. Her cutting-edge collaborations with artists of other media such as photography, film, live animation, poetry, and dance create fresh and memorable classical experiences. Ani Gogova’s “dazzling artistic presence”, “masterful poetic expression”, “ravishing colors”, and “virtuoso technique beyond reproach” have been captivating audiences around the world for almost two decades. Her career started early in her native Bulgaria after winning top prices in several national and international competitions for young pianists. Since then Gogova has appeared in solo recitals, at festivals and in concerts with orchestras in Bulgaria, Italy, Serbia, England, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, France, and throughout the US. She has been heard on NPR, WBEZ, TED Talks, Bulgarian National Radio, FM Classic Radio, Interlochen Public Radio, and WFMT Chicago.

Ani Gogova holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and has been living in Chicago since 2003 when she was appointed at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University becoming the youngest professor to join the world-renowned faculty of the Music Conservatory at the time. In addition, she taught young pianist from all over the world at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan for five years and in the summer of 2013 joined the faculty of the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival in Valdeblore, France.

Her solo album titled “Fantasies, Fairytales, and Nightmares” was released in October of 2014 on Blue Griffin Recording label gathering critical acclaim for her playing being “quite hypnotic”, “eliciting fine nuances”, “project[ing] a special magic “ and “incisive accuracy” “as if she were Martha Argerich on speed.” This recital marks Ani’s debut at the Consulate General and is a special showcase for the National Conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.