Wintringham-MiraztchiyskaJonathan Wintringham, described by American Record Guide as “a major force in the saxophone world,” returns to the Arizona Senior Academy at Academy Village at 7:30 pm Tuesday (March 11), presenting a program of music from around the world.  His playing has been described as “absolutely stunning” and “nothing short of a virtuoso” by The Sax, a Japanese magazine.

With him will be Elena Miraztchiyska, the accomplished University of Arizona graduate student from Bulgaria who just last month accompanied trombonist Moisés Paiewonsky at ASA.

Miraztchiyska, a UNLV graduate in piano performance, won first prize in the 2007 National Music Teacher’s Association (MTNA) Young Artist Piano Competition and was awarded a Steinway grand piano. She is the first woman ever to be awarded this prize from Steinway & Sons.

Wintringham is an advocate of contemporary music, working with composers to commission and perform new works. The program planned for March 11 promises novelty and variety, including both classical and contemporary works, while playing out the theme “Saxophone: Around the World.”

Wintringham and Miraztchiyska will begin with a “Rapsodie Bretonne” by Robert Bariller (Contemporary French), followed by a solo “Partita” by Johann Sebastian Bach (Baroque German).   “Sonata” by William Albright (Modern American), “March and Dance” by Edvard Grieg (Romantic Norwegian), “Sonata” by Johannes Brahms (Romantic German) and the “Fuzzy Bird Sonata” by Takashi Yoshimatsu (Contemporary Japanese).

A former UA student, Wintringham had his professional debut at age 17 and has given recitals, master classes and residencies throughout the Uited States, Canada, Mexico and Japan.  He is currently pursuing a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

With such exquisitely accomplished performers and wide-ranging music, this recital promises to be a very special evening.

Submitted by Janet Kerans, Academy Village Volunteer

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Saxophonist, Pianist Team Up for Concert: March 2014