FALCON 2015 Concert Programme
Saturday February 7th
Dorin Tuca & Daria Bitsiuk
The Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, Holt
L. van Beethoven- Piano and Violin Sonata in G Major, No. 10
J. Brahms- Piano and Violin Sonata in D minor, No. 3 , Op. 108
Arvo Pärt- Fratres
Robert Fields- Village Pieces, Ballade No. 1, 3, 5 and 10
C. Franck- Piano and Violin Sonata in A Major
Both halves are about 45 minutes long.
FALCON – Facilitating Arts & Literature for Children of Norfolk
February sees the start of the next series of concerts set up to provide a showcase and performance opportunity for ex-pupils from the Purcell School, as well as a way of raising much needed funds for both FALCON and St Andrew’s Church Development Fund. (see details below)
FALCON exists to provide opportunities for children and young people to engage with creativity in its various forms – literature, music, arts and making. Its goal is to make a valued contribution to the creative and learning environment of all children and young people in Norfolk (Mission Statement 2014). It aims to help provide regular child-centred opportunities for children to engage with and experience the magic of creativity, literature and the arts.
In the last 3 years FALCON has taken creative writing and other workshops to 30 schools, and 10 libraries in North Norfolk, as well as, working with a wide range of experienced local artists, staging events at Holt Children’s Centre, Holt Hall, Holkham Hall and Gresham’s School. This year we took creative opportunities directly to children in schools, with themed events at Roughton and Northrepps, Little Snoring and Blenheim Park Primary Schools in June, and, for the first time, a range of workshop activities at Holt Children’s Centre, Library and Primary School, as part of Holt Festival (very generously supported by Pointens Estate Agents, Holt Rotary Club and The Osokosi Gallery). We have also been involved in encouraging children to join the library and to take part in Summer Reading Challenges. (Please look at our website www.FALCON-norfolk.org.uk for more information about our work).
Dorin (b. 1987) began learning the violin at the age of seven. At nine years old, he won his first competition at his music school and was offered full bursary to attend Pro Corda’s chamber music courses at Leiston Abbey, in Suffolk (UK), twice a year until the age of eighteen. Between the age of nine until sixteen, Dorin won numerous national competitions and prizes at international competitions in Romania.
At the age of sixteen he auditioned for a place at the Purcell School in London and was offered full scholarship to complete his secondary education. At the age of eighteen, Dorin auditioned and was offered full scholarship to attend the four-year Bachelor of Music (Hons) course at the RNCM. In 2009, he graduated the BMus course with first class Honours. The same year he was accepted with full scholarship on the MMus in Solo Performance course at the RNCM. He graduated the MMus Course with Distinction in 2011.
During his studies, Dorin felt very fortunate to have violin mentors such as: Maciej Rakowsky and Evgueny Grach while at the Purcell School and Yuri Torchinsky for his entire higher education.
All his studies though would have not been made possible without the very kind and generous support of wonderful people such as: Moira and Rodney Smith, Mo and Mike Crump, Michael Freyhan, Olivia and Robert Temple of the Prodan Romanian Curltural Foundation in London, the Wall Trust, RNCM sponsors, MBF for awarding him the Manoug Parkian Award and many, many more.
So far, Dorin has enjoyed performing for audiences in various countries and halls such as: Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St. John Smith’s Square, Cadogan Hall, Duke’s Hall, Bridgewater Hall, RNCM Concert Hall, RCM Concert Hall and many more in the UK.
He also performed in other countries such as: Hungary (Budapest), Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart),Austria (Vienna, Bregenz), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Croatia (Zagreb), Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France (VersaillesPalace), Romania, Poland (Krakow), Czech Republic (Prague) and Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Sapporo).
Dorin plays a German violin by Paul Knorr, Markneukirchen, 1957.
Ukrainian born Daria Bitsiuk began learning the piano at the age of 6 in her hometown of Kiev. She attended the LysenkoMusic School until 2008 when she was awarded the secondary education certificate in piano performance. The same year, Daria was accepted on the Bachelor of Music course of the prestigious Tchaikovsky National Academy of Music in Kiev. She attended Kiev Piano Masterclasses with Professor Norma Fisher, who invited her to join her class at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Upon her audition at the RNCM she was awarded a full scholarship towards her Bachelor of Music (Hons) course.
Daria enjoyed her studies at the RNCM so much that she decided not only to complete her BMus there but also to further her qualifications by enrolling on a two year Masters of Music in Solo Performance course at the Royal Northern, for which she was also awarded full scholarship.
During her education, Daria felt very fortunate to have had the opportunity to study with pianists such as Nadezhda Archimovich, Prof. Yuri Kot and Norma Fisher.
While at the RNCM, she was given the opportunity to perform in masterclasses for some of the world’s most distinguished pianists such as: Andras Schiff, Stefano Fiuzzi, Nelson Goerner, Vovka Ashkenazi, Ying Wu, Vadim Rudenko, Michel Beroff, Andrej Jasinsky, Philippe Cassard and Stefen Hough.
Daria has been awarded major prizes in piano competitions namely, Grand Prize at Ukrainian Competition for Young Pianists, International Young Pianist’s Competition in Italy, First Prize at the Verykovskaya Piano Competition (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004), as well as major prizes in the 2004 Golden Grain Piano Competition, Kiev.
As a soloist, she has performed extensively in Ukraine as well as in the UK. Some of her most dear and memorable recital performances were at: the Buxton Festival, Lichfield Festival, the Lotherton Hall (Leeds), the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London), St. Ann’s Church (Manchester), Emmanuel Church (Manchester), Parish Centre (Marple), Duffield Hall (Promoted by Bemrose Bursary), amongst others.
In 2009, Daria had the privilege to perform as a soloist, Beethoven’s piano concerto no. 3 with Kiev’s own Ukrainian National Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2011, she performed the Concerto for Oboe, Piano and Orchestra by Martinu and Mozart’s “Ch’io mi scordi di te”, “Non temer amato bene” for Soprano, Piano and Orchestra.
In 2012, Daria was appointed Assistant Artistic Director and Artist in Residence of the International Roots Orchestra, based in Manchester.