Via Nova & Orchestra

At the heart of this programme is "The Balkan Concerto" for percussion quartet and string orchestra by Krassimir Kyurchiyski, a former student of Dimitri Shostakovich. The ensemble particularly enjoys combining Kyurchiyski's unique artistic approach and the complex and highly virtuoso music of Bulgaria with modern methods of composition and innovative harmonies. The première took place in May 2007 in Salzburg and was received enthusiastically by the audience.

On the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Hong Kong Drum Festival, the ensemble created a second version of a piece for a percussion quartet and traditional Chinese orchestra. This work was performed for the first time, with great success, on 15 December 2007 in the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Concert Hall, featuring the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra.

Further highlights include two captivating arrangements by VIA NOVA for solo percussion and string orchestra performed in the first part of this extraordinary concert programme. These are Piazzolla's "Verano Porteño", the "Summer" movement from Piazzolla's "Four Seasons of Buenos Aires" and Giovanni Sollima's "Peste" from the album "Spasimo".  After the break, one can look forward to the beautiful melodies from the opera "Carmen". Bizet's unforgettable melodies are performed using the well-known arrangement by Rodion Shchedrin for orchestra and percussion.