Matt Tropman
Matt Tropman

Matt Tropman, tuba/euphonium instructor at the University of Arizona and an active freelancer, clinician, soloist and recitalist, will team up with pianist Elena Miraztchiyska for an 11:30 concert on Tuesday (July 10) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

This will be a return engagement for both Tropman and Miraztchiyska, who first appeared at the Academy in 2016. They’ll be performing a program of euphonium concertos and major works by composers including Philip Wilby and Oskar Bohme that Tropman will also be performing the following week at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, Spain, site of this year’s conference of the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. He is one of just three or four Americans invited to perform there.

Sometimes called the “cello of the band,” the euphonium is a baritone-voiced instrument many have never heard of, much less heard.  The tuba is better known, but generally not as a solo instrument.

A New York Times review praised a CD he released several years ago, stating “Tropman makes a serious case for the euphonium as a solo instrument.”  He received master’s and doctoral degrees in euphonium and tuba performance, respectively, and has performed with numerous bands, orchestras and chamber groups including the U.S. Marine Band (President’s Own), the San Francisco Symphony and the Detroit Symphony.

An active clinician and recitalist on both the euphonium and tuba, Tropman has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe. He recently published a euphonium method book and has numerous other pedagogy projects in development. His two commercially released CDs, Continuum and From the Balcony (Summit Records), have been featured on programs such as NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CBC Radio’s “Disc Drive,” and “Music and Company.” 

Tropman received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in euphonium performance from the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, respectively, and the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in tuba performance from the University of Michigan.

Miraztchiyska, Tropman’s accompaniest, is a longtime favorite of ASA audiences. A native of Bulgaria, she completed her master of music degree at the Yale School of Music in 2010. She made her solo debut with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra in her home country at the age of 12 and since then has performed as concerto soloist with the Varna Philharmonic, Sofia State, Arizona, and UNLV Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She has appeared in solo and collaborative recitals in Bulgaria, Poland, Japan, and the United States. Elena is also a winner of numerous national and international competitions held in Bulgaria. In 2007 she was the grand prize winner of the MTNA National Young Artist Competition in Toronto, Canada and received a Steinway Model M grand piano. As a participant in numerous summer programs, she has worked with such artists as Emanuel Ax, Michel Beroff, Emanuel Krasovsky, Boris Bloch, Ursula Oppens and Mykola Suk.

Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteers

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Tuba, Euphonium, and Piano–Oh My!: July 2018
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