The Spectrum Chamber Music Society presents:
The Live Collection of Volodja Balzalorsky is a unique presentation of the violinist's live recordings, made together with his regular chamber music partners from 1985 onwards. They are taken from recordings for broadcasting made by national radio stations in various countries, including Radio Slovenia, Radio Croatia-Zagreb, Radio Slovenia-Regional Centre Maribor, together with presentations of live recordings made by his own production - "Cantabel Productions".
The collection includes CDs comprising live recordings of complete concerts at various International festivals and concert series (Vienna, Belgrade, Ljubljana, Maribor, Rogaska Slatina, Zemono), and also CDs with live recordings selected from other concerts and from the concerts described above.
"Volodja Balzalorsky is passionately devoted to the violin, inspired by the flame which distinguishes the most refined and authentic violinists, and is capable of building the dramatic development of musical works in the most natural and persuasive manner. His interpretation calls for an enthusiastic and compassionate listener, which is the distinction of the rare born musician."
Slobodan Turlakov - "Vecerne novosti"
This well regarded critic described the artistic personality of Volodja Balzalorsky after his successful performance in the International concert series "Violin virtuosos", April 1988 in Belgrade.
Volodja Balzalorsky is one of the leading Slovenian violinists, and a frequent performer throughout Europe, and North America.
Critics have described him as an artist with a sensitive, intelligent and intuitive gift of interpretation, a polished technique, and a rich, full tone.
He is a member of the Amael Piano Trio, artistic director of
Ensemble Ouverture, and Professor of Violin at the Academy of Music
of the University of Ljubljana.
After graduating from the class of professor Igor Ozim at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, Germany, he continued his studies in Moscow with Galina Barinova at the Conservatorium P.I.Tchaikovsky, with Josip Klima at the Music Academy in Zagreb, where he received his Master's Degree, and with the eminent Czech violinist Josef Suk at the Universität für Musik in Vienna.
He has made many solo and chamber music appearances in concert and on broadcasts and recordings in Slovenia and abroad, and has been a regular guest at international festivals in Belgium, Germany, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Croatia, Yugoslavia and the Czech Republic.
He is particularly active in the field of chamber music. He works with many ensembles, and for several
years has successfully performed in duet with pianists Christoph Theiler and Hinko Haas. Critics comment
on the degree to which he is able to develop and maintain unity with his
musical partners in this milieu, presenting "...an exceptional harmony of
ease and authenticity of performance."
He was solo violinist and concert master of the Freiburger Barocksolisten in Germany, with whom he recorded two CD's, and has been a soloist with orchestras in Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
He is also very interested in contemporary music, and regularly performs works written for him by Slovenian composers. He has also performed with the Percussion Plus Project in Prague, Venice, and the USA.
Volodja Balzalorsky considers teaching an important and complementary part of his artistic career (Violin class at the Music Academy in Ljubljana), and regularly gives master classes in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Great Britain, and the United States.
The violin - piano duo of Volodja Balzalorsky and Christoph Theiler, perform internationally as guests at numerous festivals and concert series.
Since 1985, when both prominent artists started playing together in Vienna, their performances have consistently received outstanding critical acclaim for their intelligent and sensitive interpretations and for their remarkable sense of ensemble.
The DUO has been invited to play at International Festivals and concert series in various countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia - YU, and others. These include Incontri Musici, Venice, Italy; Festival Musica con...Bologna, Italy; Midi Minimes, Summer Festival Brussels, Belgium; Ljubljana Summer Festival, Slovenia; Konzerte im Tabakmuseum, Vienna; Pommerigi Musicali, Venice; Lisinski subotom, Zagreb, Croatia; Summer in Rogaska Slatina, Slovenia; Konzerte im Bösendorfersaal, Vienna; Concerti Aperitivi, Lugo, Italy.
Volodja Balzalorsky and Christoph Theiler have made extensive live and archival radio recordings throughout Europe. They also made two concert broadcasts for TV Slovenia.
They play music ranging from the classical to the contemporary repertoires.
CHRISTOPH THEILER (Germany), is an internationally acclaimed concert pianist and composer. He has lived, since 1982, as a free lance composer and pianist in Vienna.
He won several piano competitions - "Dr.Drexel" Prize, "Pegasus" Prize of Vienna, as well as competitions for composition -"Prize of the City of Stuttgart, Composition Prize "Luis de Narvaez" of Granada, Prize of âIvan Spassov Foundation" in Bulgaria etc.
He has toured throughout Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. In Duo with Volodja Balzalorsky, he has also made numerous recordings (Radio, TV, CD) in various countries.
He has emerged as a very successful composer, including compositions for theatre productions, in particular for the "meyerhold unltd." theatre, compositions for radio plays - among others for ORF, WDR, BR, DLR - and experimental radio art: compositions to texts of P. Pessl, J. Schutting, J. Blendstrup, F. Mayroecker, S. Tar and others. One emphasis of his work lies in the area of "Multimedia sound installation".
Volodja Balzalorsky and Christoph Theiler, a duo endowed with complementary qualities... a very subtle playing, well-balanced, intelligent and sensitive interpretations...
Jacques Longchampt -"Le Monde"
"Subtlety of Imagination"
International cycle"Lisinski subotom" Vjesnik, Zagreb
Two extremely fine artists... remarkable technique and strength of sound... an eloquent sensitivity and an interpretative character of great force... Two gifted musicians...
Salvatore Grillo - "Bassa Romagna"
...touch of exceptional beauty...
Alberto Spano - "Alla Ribalta" [special Italian music magazine]
"Volodja Balzalorsky and Christoph Theiler came across as the ideal duo"... They confirmed their artistic unity and fascinated the audience with extraordinary mastery of performance...
... very refined playing in a perfect collaboration, Balzalorsky and Theiler articulated a tastefully measured dynamic... Everything sounded harmonious and peaceful....
Lisinski subotom, Vecernji List, Zagreb