Moisés Paiewonsky (trombone) and Elena Miraztchiyska (piano) will be joined by Michael Becker (trombone) and the Tucson Trombone Ensemble for a performance on Tuesday, (Jan. 17) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy. The concert, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is free and open to the public.
The event will be an unusually collaborative musical experience, with the audience choosing the program from a menu of works by Mozart, Bach, Gershwin, Ewazen, Sulek, Larsson, Grondahl and others.
This is Paiewonsky’s sixth visit to the Arizona Senior Academy. He says it is “always a pleasure to play for such an enthusiastic and engaging audience.” Paiewonsky is associate professor of music (trombone) at the University of Arizona and assistant director of the UA’s Fred Fox School of Music.
In the summers of 2010 and 2013, after fundraising over $50,000 through private donations, grants, and benefit events, Paiewonsky co-directed the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble in two highly acclaimed one-month educational tours throughout China. Due to this and numerous other accomplishments and contributions to the community, Paiewonsky was recently awarded the Arizona Daily Star’s 40 Under 40 Award, and the UA Studio Jazz Ensemble received the 2013 Global Excellence Award.
Pianist Miraztchiyska, who is Paiewonsky’s wife, made her solo debut with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra at the age of 12. In 2007, she received a Steinway Model M grand piano as Grand Prize Winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Young Artist Performance Competition. She obtained a Master of Music degree at Yale and has performed extensively in solo and collaborative roles, both nationally and internationally.
Written by Margaret Scott, Academy Village Volunteer