The music program of the Ohrid Summer Festival last night brought a great double bass and piano concert with Romanian-German double bassist Petru Iuga and Romanian pianist Horia Mihail.
The musical experience prepared by this duo started with Schubert’s sonata “Apregione” in a moll, and then with the Romanian dances of Bella Bartok, which introduced the audience to some of the Romanian classical music. In the second part of the concert, Romanian artists played the Sonata for viola in d-moll by Glinka and Variations on the Rococo theme by Tchaikovsky.
Iuga and Mihail are coming to Ohrid for the first time, but they leave with very positive impressions.
– I am in Ohrid for the first time, even in North Macedonia in general. I am very impressed by the beauty of nature and the people who are very friendly. This is a wonderful festival judging by the names that have performed, so the honor and pleasure are huge that I can perform here at the “Ohrid Summer”. Also, the beauty of the church is especially interesting to me because this is my first time playing in an Orthodox church, and I come from Romania. I am captivated by its acoustics, said double bassist Iuga.
Both artists have had outstanding solo careers and have known each other for a long time, but their work has taken them to different parts of the world.
Horia and I have known each other for a long time, but I asked him to participate with me because he is an outstanding artist who studied in Boston and knows how to organize such events. Through our performance in Ohrid, we actually connected our past on the stage, added Iuga.
For the pianist Horia Mihail, it is also a great honor and pleasure to play music last night at the largest music and stage event in the country and the region, the Ohrid Summer Festival.
– It is a great honor to be here in Ohrid at this well-known and appreciated festival that you organize every year. I am amazed by the beauty of the old town by the lake. Petru lives in Germany and I in Romania, but it is nice that we got together right here. I am the director of a big festival in Romania that will take place next weekend, so after the concert I will travel to Bucharest to take care of the organization of the festival where we will have over 500 artists and 60 concerts. Next year is very promising, I hope it will be without the coronavirus. Then I think about a vacation so I would like to return to Ohrid again, but this time as a tourist, said pianist Mihail.
The Ohrid Summer Festival continues tonight with a concert for double bass and piano, but the audience will have the opportunity to enjoy the performance of Macedonian artists Gjorgji Cincievski and Marija Vrskova.