Avguste Antonov: Piano

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Bulgarian pianist Avguste Antonov has performed across the globe and is a passionate advocate of 20th and 21st century music. He’s performed numerous World and US premieres of works by composers including Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger, as well as many others.

Recent season highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).

Avguste is currently accepting recital, chamber and concerto engagements. Get in touch to discuss a booking.

Watch & Listen

3rd mvt of the Saint Saens Piano Concerto #2 with the San Jose Wind Symphony,
under the direction of Maestro Edward Harris. 2011 Live Audio Recording.
Carter Pann, Piano Trio # 1, mvts 3 and 4
Gershwin Piano Concerto, Texas Christian University, September 2007. With accompanist Eduardo Rodriguez.

repertoire

Example solo programmes

Programme 1:
Bortkiewicz

Prelude # 7 op.40
Lamentation Op. 17, #3 C-Sharp Minor
Piano Sonata no. 2 in C-sharp minor, Op. 60
Kapustin
Piano Sonata # 1
Eight Concert Etudes, Op 40

Programme 2:
Gregory Hutter “The Melancholy Rags”: The Farewell Rag & The Redline Shuffle
William Bolcom The Serpent’s Kiss
Carter Pann “The Bills”: Albright & Bolcom
Billy Joel Reverie (Villa D’Este); Fantasy (Film Noir); Air (Dublinesque); Root Beer Rag
This programme features piano works by William Bolcom, who was professor of composition at the University of Michigan, Gregory Hutter, professor of composition at the University of Illinois, Carter Pann, professor of composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder (NB Hutter and Pann studied with Bolcom), and the American rock star Billy Joel.

Programme 3:
Music from the anime movies of the Studio Ghibli, composed by Joe Hisaishi:
Porco Rosso
Howl’s Moving Castle
Plus others

Programme 4:
Claude Bolling
“Jazz a la Francaise” (NB Can be done as piano solo only, or with bass and drums combo – the latter is recommended)
A la Francaise
Garnerama
Bach to Swing
Etude in Blue
Not this time
Blue Kiss from Brazil
Fiancees En Folie

For a full list of sample programmes, please click here.

Concertos

Addinsell – Warsaw Concerto
James Adler – Piano Concerto in G: A Walk Through and English Garden
Anderson – Concerto for Piano in C major
Arnell – Piano Concerto
Arensky – Piano Concerto in B flat Minor
Attenberg – Piano Concerto in F Minor
Beethoven – Choral Fantasy
Bortkiewicz – Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat major, Russian Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra
Galbraith – Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 3
Emerson – Piano Concerto 1
Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto
Grieg – Piano Concerto
Kapustin – Piano Concerto Nos 2 & 4
Liszt – Piano Concerto Nos 2
MacDowell – Piano Concerto No 2
Mackenzie – Piano Concerto
Michael Nyman – The Piano Concerto
Pann – Piano Concerto (Piano & Orchestra)
Pierne – Concerto for Piano in C minor, Op. 12
Poulenc – Concerto for Piano in C sharp minor, Concert for 2 Pianos & Orchestra
Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto Nos 1, 2 & 3
Ravel – Concerto for Piano in G
Rimsky-Korsakov – Piano Concerto
Rodrigo – Concierto para Piano
Heather Schmidt – Piano Concerto No 4 “Phoenix Ascending”
Schumann – Piano Concerto
Scharwenka – Piano Concertos Nos 1-4
Saint-Saens – Piano Concerto No 2 (Piano & Orchestra; Piano & Wind Symphony)
Shostakovitch – Concerto for Piano & Orchestra
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1
Tovey – Piano Concerto in A minor
Weinberg – Piano Concerto No 2
Yotsov – Piano Concerto “The Spirit of Jazz”

Piano & Strings

Appert – Concerto in Mi for Piano & Strings Orchestra
Ayers – “Dance of the Mountain Raindrops” for Piano & Strings Orchestra
Bach – Keyboard Concerto in D minor
Liszt – “Malediction” for Piano & Strings Orchestra
Nieman – Concerto for Piano & Strings
Heather Schmidt – Concerto No 3 for Piano & Strings
Shostakovitch – Piano Concerto No 1 (with trumpet solo)

For Chamber Music, Piano & Choir, Piano & Wind Ensemble, and miscellaneous repertoire please click here.

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Bulgaria, Avguste Antonov studied piano in Bulgaria (Dobrich), France (Ecole Normale de Paris, Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud) and the United States (2000: University of Missouri-Kansas City; 2001-2004: University of Kansas; 2006-2008: Texas Christian University).

Pianist Avguste Antonov is at home in all repertoire, with a special interest in 20th and 21st century music. He has performed World and USA premieres at venues across North America and over the years, he has worked with composers Carter Pann, Gregory Hutter, Michael Colgrass, Raina Murnak, Matthew Lewis, Till Meyn, Matthew Saunders, Robert Rollin, William Vollinger and others.

Avguste Antonov has performed recitals all over the United States, including in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee . He has been featured as soloist with many ensembles including the San Jose State University Wind Symphony, the San Jose Wind Symphony, the University City Symphony, the Alton Symphony Orchestra, the Tulsa Camerata, the Lakeland Community Orchestra, the Jewish Community Orchestra-Portland and the South Kansas Symphony. Concertos performed include Schumann Piano Concerto, Rachmaninoff 2nd, McDowell 2nd, Liszt 2nd, Ravel in G, Gershwin in F, Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue”, Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” and Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto”.

In addition to performing, Avguste Antonov is active as lecturer and and has presented lectures for the Carrollton Music Teachers Association, Frisco Music Teachers Association, Kansas Music Teachers Association, Oklahoma Music Teachers Association and Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. He is an adjudicator for various competitions including the ENKOR Piano Competition, the Sound Espressivo Global Competition and the Music International Grand Prix.

Previous seasons highlights include a recital at the Bulgarian Ambassador Residence in Washington, DC, the performance of Carter Pann “Concerto Logic” with the San Jose State University Wind Ensemble, a live performance for the Kansas Public Radio, the World and US Premiere of Matthew Saunders “Piano Concerto” with the University City Symphony (University City, MO) and the Lakeland Community Orchestra (Kirtland, OH).

Since April 2019 Avguste Antonov resides in France. During the academic year 2019-2020, he was piano professor at the school of music “Couleur Musique” and since September 2020 he has been professor of piano and accompaniment at the Conservatoire de Châteaubriant.

Outside of music, Avguste Antonov is a chess player, member of the chess club Cercle d’Echecs Castelbriantais and participates in regional and national tournaments.

Read more about Avguste and hear further examples of his work at https://avgusteantonov.com/.

BOOKINGS

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