BORISLAV STRULEV - Cellist
Russian cellist Borislav Strulev has been fascinating audiences on some of the world's most prestigious stages since his U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in 1993 arranged on initiative of Isaac Stern, Former World Bank President James Wolfensohn and Byron Janis. His charismatic personality, a virtuosic technique and extraordinarily large and beautiful tone have combined with the mature sensitivity of his interpretations to ensure his place amongst the most exciting young instrumentalists to emerge from Russia in recent years. Critics call him a "soloist ... with a rich, singing tone" - The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle said of Mr. Strulev he "boasts an enormous, gripping sound, full of bright colors and effortless power; when he plays he commandeers the sonic spotlight with ease." Associated Press wrote ''cellist Borislav Strulev, channeling no one, or perhaps God.''
Mr. Strulev was invited to join Denis Matsuev and Julian Rachlin for Beethoven's Triple concerto this October as a part of ''Crescendo'' festival. He will perform with The Symphony Orchestra of India and Maestro Antoni Wit ''Schelomo'' by E. Bloch at Jamshed Bhabha Theater in Bombay and in Irkutsk on the festival ''Stars of Baikal'' He appeared as special guest at a Tribute to Oscar Peterson at Carnegie Hall among artists such as Roger Kellaway, Clark Terry, Wynton Marsalis and Dee Dee Bridgewater as well as for the Anniversary of Moscow Chamber Orchestra as soloist under the direction of Konstantin Orbelian. He took part at Julian Rachlin & Friends Festival of Chamber Music in Dubrovnik, Croatia. As a musical director he curated and performed at special event for the "Day of Russia" in New York celebrating 200th anniversary of Russian/American diplomatic relations. He become a music director for a Concert Hall ''New Millennium'' in New York. Additionally he took part in 6th Annual "Russian Rhapsody" in London. At the 92 Street Y in New York he performed as well as cu rated a brand new series of concerts entitled "Russian Sundays at the Y". He performed with the celebrated Terem Quartet at the House of Music in Moscow for their 25th Anniversary. He opened The Russian Heritage Festival in New York at The Metropolitan Museum of Art together with Mayor of New York M. Bloomberg. Mr. Strulev was invited to celebrate 100 years anniversary since Shostakovich's birth in New York. Mr. Strulev is currently producing
''Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission - 2001 Mars Odyssey'' of Oscar-winning composer VANGELIS for chamber ensemble and actor Sir Roger Moore. Mr. Strulev took part in the 100th anniversary of Diaghilev's "Les Saisons Russes" within the CRESCENDO Festival - Paris edition in December 2007 - playing with pianist Denis Matsuev at Salle Gaveau. He performs and records with major pop band of Russia - UMA2URMAN in several performances as well as in the jazz/classical series at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. He performs yet again by special invitation of V. Putin in Czarskoe Selo near St. Petersburg as well as to perform at the French delegation presentation "rEvolution" French Gala "Voulez-Vous" for World Economic Forum annual meeting of heads of states at Davos, Switzerland. He was invited to World Economic Forum in St. Petersburg to play for the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev and all head's of state from Russian Federation. Mr. Strulev's orchestral appearances include Detroit Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Nazionale della RAI, WDR Symphony Orchestra- Koln, NO Tonkunstler Orchestra, Helsingborg Symphony, Orquestra del Principado de Asturias, NorrlandsOperan Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic, Moscow Virtuosi, Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Symphony orchestras of most South American capitals as well as of South Africa. Most notably he collaborates with following conductors: Neeme Jarvi, Kristjan Jarvi, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Sebastian Weigle, Juan Jose Mena, Yuri Simonov, Pavel Kogan, Alexander Vedernikov, Mark Gorenstein, Marco Parisotto, George Pehlivanian, Rossen Milanov, Antoni Wit and Michael Stern.
As a recitalist Mr. Strulev had his Carnegie Hall debut in 1999 playing with legendary pianist Byron Janis. He has also most notably been heard at Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Kravis Center, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Van Wezel Hall, Auditorio de Madrid, Auditorio de Leon, Vienna's Musikverein and Suntory Hall in Tokyo. As a chamber musician Mr. Strulev played with Alexander Markovich, Byron Janis, Ilya Itin, Denis Matsuev, Sergei Yerokhin, Sergei Dreznin, Misha Maisky, Torleif Thedeen, Alexei Ogrintchouk, Martin Frost, Radovan Vlatkovic, Dmitry Berlisnky, Philippe Quint, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Lars Anders Tomter.
Mr. Strulev debut recording on French label LYRINX includes Rachmaninov and Schostakovich sonatas. The same label is to release his debut orchestral recording of Arvo Part's Pro et Contra, Erkki-Sven Tuur's concerto, and Daniel Schnyer's cello concerto (world premiere) with Norrlands Symphony Orchestra under direction of Kristjan Jarvi. Mr. Strulev is special guest on significant crossover recordings produced by Ettore Stratta with jazz violinist Regina Carter on "Paganini: after a dream" (Verve - Universal), with celebrated mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves and Brazilian jazz pianist Eliane Elias on "Lost Days" (RCA - Red Seal) with singer and actress Arielle Dombasle on "Extase" (SONY). Further collaborations are with Bobby McFerrin (a unique performance at Moscow's Tchaikovsky Hall) and jazz pianist Roger Kellaway with whom he performed at New York's Jazz Standard, Birdland as well as at Carnegie Hall.
He premiered in New York John Tavener's "Svyaty Boje" for cello and chamber choir with the Little Orchestra Society and the Orpheon Chorale and also gave the American premiere of legendary composer Lou Harrison's Suite for cello and string Orchestra with the California Symphony as well as In addition he has premiered works of most significant living Russian composers - Tikhon Khrennikov and Alexander Tchaikovsky. Mr. Strulev performs extensively in his native Russia including the Crescendo Festival (under auspices of Ministry of Culture and President Vladimir Putin) with gold medalist of Tchaikovsky competition - Denis Matsuev - as artistic director, and "Stars of Baikal" festival in Irskutsk, at Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and Great Hall of St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He performs on numerous important occasions of national and international character such as the United Nations in New York, Unesco in Vienna, the Russian, French, Italian and Hungarian consulates where he played in honor of such celebrated figures as Prince Alexis N. Obolensky, Gorbachev, Clinton, Berlusconi, mayor's Giuliani and Bloomberg, Natan Sharansky, Billy Joel, Michel Legrand, Sean Lennon, Lord Lloyd Webber, JAY-Z, U2's Bono and G8 by special invitation of V. Putin. He performed 'Svyati Boje" by John Taverner on the occasion of Festival of Slavic literacy in front of 30.000 people and in presence of His Holiness Patriarch Alexei II.
In July of 2005 Borislav performed along with pianist Denis Matsuev at the opening of 27th International Film Festival in Moscow invited by Nikita Mikhalkov. The Canadian motion picture "La Turbulence des Fluides" produced by Luc Besson, music composed by Simon Cloquet, on whose soundtrack Mr. Strulev is the featured artist has won three awards for best music at Festival International Musique et Cinema - Auxerre - France and has been nominated for Canadian Academy Award (Genie) for best soundtrack. In 2007 with the same composer Borislav recorded new soundtrack for TF 1 to the new movie "La Taupe" directed by Vincenzo Marano. With Composer/Pianist Sergei Dreznin he recorded music for a complete restoration of a legendary 1927 soviet silent film "Garden des Peches" (dir. by Olga Preobrazhenskaya) which is scheduled to be shown on ARTE twice in 2008. Borislav Strulev began to play the cello at the age of 7 and studied at Moscow's Central School of Music. He is a son of professional musicians. His mother is an outstanding pianist who has accompanied Borislav in his worldwide appearances and his father one of the founders of celebrated Moscow State Chamber Choir - V. Minin. Mr. Strulev was a first-prize winner at the All-Russia Young Artists Competition in Moscow in 1992 and became a laureate of International Charity Foundation "New Names" as well as he received the Salon de Virtuosi Arthur W. Diamond Fellowship Grant at Steinway Hall in New York. He was invited to Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship by Byron Janis and Marta Casals Istomin. He has participated in master classes with Mstislav Rostropovich, Yo-Yo-Ma, Lynn Harrell, David Geringas, Philippe Muller, William Pleeth, Marta Casals Istomin, Marion Feldman and Valentin Berlinsky of the Borodin Quartet. His recitals have been broadcasted live on WQXR, WBGO and WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, France Musiques, and RAI (Radio televisione italiana). Mr. Strulev play a fine cello by the italian master Luigi Piattellini, Florence (1777) generously loaned to him by Dmitry Gindin (www.dmitrygindin.com) WWW.BORISLAVSTRULEV.COM
In July of 2005 Borislav performed along with pianist Denis Matsuev at the opening of 27th International Film Festival in Moscow invited by Nikita Mikhalkov. The Canadian motion picture "La Turbulence des Fluides" produced by Luc Besson, music composed by Simon Cloquet, on whose soundtrack Mr. Strulev is the featured artist, has won three awards for best music at the Festival International Musique et Cinema - Auxerre - France and has been nominated for Canadian Academy Award (Genie) for best soundtrack. In 2007 with the same composer Borislav recorded new soundtrack for TF 1 to the new movie "La Taupe" directed by Vincenzo Marano. Mr. Strulev was a first-prize winner at the All-Russia Young Artists Competition in Moscow in 1992 and became a laureate of International Charity Foundation "New Names". His recitals have been broadcasted live on WQXR, WBGO and WNYC in New York, WFMT in Chicago, France Musiques, and RAI (Radio televisione italiana). Special guest: - Tribute to Oscar Peterson at Carnegie Hall on June 8th, 2007, Isaac Stern Auditorium, 2,804 seats, with pianist Roger Kellaway, guitarist Russell Malone and bassist Christian McBride, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, drummer Lewis Nash, veterans Hank Jones, Marian McPartland, Mulgrew Miller and Freddy Cole, trumpeter Clark Terry, Dee Dee Bridgewater, violinist Florin Niculescu, "and cellist Borislav Strulev, channeling no one, or perhaps God" (Associated Press); "Stylistically, Borislav has his own identity on the instrument, and he made a boldly vigorous musical statement" (Variety http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117933866.html?categoryid=34&cs=1&query=strulev)
- Pianist -
The accomplished pianist Marina Struleva was born in Moscow and received her musical education at the Gnessin Academy of Music. Her studies with the legendary teachers provided a deep passion for the great tradition of pianism, which the audiences immediately sense from her inspired interpretations and musical integrity. She was the youngest appointed accompanist at the Gnessin Academy at age 16 even before her graduation. Marina Struleva developed a flourishing career as a chamber musician and accompanist to many of the most famous classical instrumentalists and singers20in the world. She was invited to perform at some of the most celebrated musical venues including The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Carnegie's Weill recital Hall, a ten city tour of Japan including Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Van Wezel Hall, Kravis Center, Steinway Hall and United Nations in New York, and Northwestern University in Chicago. Apart from her appearances in the United States Mrs. Struleva's concert engagements have included tours of Sweden, France, Spain, Russia, Finland, Switzerland, Japan and Mexico. She has appeared in Reims, Karellis and Tours International Festivals in France, Kaustinen Music Festival in Finland, Kalmar and Oskarshamn in Sweden, Tacoma International Music Festival, South Shore Music Festival and Yalta Music Festival. She performed in recitals throughout former Soviet Union including Great and Small Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Hall of the Gnessin Music Academy, Pushkin Museum. The critics have on many occasions complimented her playing: El Diario de Monterrey writes "Mrs. Struleva is a stupendous pianist, disciplined, technically perfect, with infallible intuition and extraordinary sensitivity." Barometern - Sweden: "Mrs. Struleva supports her son responsively and skillfully. Her interpretation is imaginative and she gives an active part to the artistic meaning of the performance." "Marina Struleva accompanied her son at the Kennedy Center with great security and beautiful tone." The Washington Post "Marina Struleva played the piano with perfect gentleness and understanding." Sierra Madre, Mexico "Marina Struleva performance most technically difficult, the performance was of the highest rank, interpretation was important and imaginative." El Diario Vasco, Spain Her performances have been broadcast on WQXR and WNYC in New York and WFMT in Chicago.