Elena Miraztchiyska

Accomplished young musicians Moises Paiewonsky, trombone, and Elena Miraztchiyska, piano, will give a concert at Academy Village on Tuesday. (Dec. 4

Both musicians are with the University of Arizona (UA) School of Music, where Paiewonsky is Associate Professor of Music (trombone) and Associate Director of the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble. Miraztchiyska is a doctoral candidate in piano performance, studying under Tannis Gibson.

Paiewonsky says trombone and piano are “most complementary” and contribute equally in performance.

Tuesday’s program is free and open to the public. It begins at 11:30 a.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy building on the campus of Academy Village, an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East and just south of the Rocking K Ranch.

The performers will feature Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “Elegy in E-flat minor” from a set of Fantasy Pieces for solo piano, transcribed for trombone and piano; and the “Sonata Vox Gabrieli” by 20th Century Croatian composer Stjepan Sulek.

Paiewonsky earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in music education from the University of Florida and a master of music degree (trombone) from the University of Michigan.  While at Michigan he was principal trombonist of both the U of M Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Band and was lead/jazz trombonist of the Jazz Ensemble.

He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music from the University of Florida.  Since his arrival at UA, Paiewonsky has been awarded numerous grants that have allowed collaboration/performance with well-known brass artists.

He is in high demand as a clinician and featured performer throughout the U.S. and internationally.  In the summer of 2010, he co-directed the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble in a groundbreaking educational tour throughout China.

Active in several professional music organizations, he recently was named a winner of the Arizona Daily Star’s annual “40 Under 40” Award.

Miraztchiyska, a native of Bulgaria, began piano studies at the age of six and made her solo debut with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra at age 12.   She has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals in Bulgaria, Poland, Japan and the United States.   From 2003-2008 she studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Music, winning the Music Teachers National Association’s Young Artist Performance Competition in 2007.  She earned a master of music degree at the Yale School of Music in 2010.  At UA, Miraztchiyska was named a winner of the 2010-11 Concerto Competition (piano) and was featured in the President’s Concert in February 2011, performing with the Arizona Symphony Orchestra.


Submitted by Valerie Anderson, Academy Village Volunteer

Trombone & Piano: Complementary Pairing: Dec. 2012
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