Luka Šulić (cello) and Evgeny Genchev (piano) play popular melodies at the Union Hall Maribor, Slovenia, in December 2020.
Union Hall is the only preserved building of the former Götz Brewery, which was the leading brewery in Maribor since the second half of the 19th century until the First World War. In 1911, a central building was built, Götz Hall, which was already then the largest venue for events in Maribor. In 1926 Götz Brewery became part of the Ljubljana's Union Brewery; hence the name Union Hall. But Union Brewery first limited its production in Maribor, and then stopped, and the Union Hall became the property of the music society Glasbena Matica.
During the two world wars, the Union building and its hall were a place of musical activities and played an important role in the response of Slovenes to the increasing germanisation in Styria region. In 1910, Slovenes founded the music society Glasbeno društvo, which had its premises in the Union building until 1918. Its heritage was continued by Glasbena Matica – its founder was a composer and choirmaster Oskar Dev (1868-1932) – which from 1919 on organized its own choir, music school, symphonic concerts. In this context, General Rudolf Maister (1874-1934), who has a special significance in Slovene history as a fighter for the northern Slovene border, organized "The Military Music Band for the Lower Styria".
After the Second World War, since 1946, the Concert Management which today is considered to be the cultural organizer with the longest tradition in Slovenia began to organise its events in the Union Hall. Acclaimed ensembles of classical music that performed there were the Chamber Orchestra of Czech Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Leningrad Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Borodin Quartet, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Tokyo Quartet, and the Leipzig String Quartet, etc. Conductors who performed there were Krzysztof Penderecki, Sergiu Celibidache, Mariss Janskons, Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Vasily Petrenko, Sir Roger Norrington and pianists Svjatoslav Richter and Ivo Pogorelić, violinist Julian Rachlin, baritone Christian Gerhaher, violinists Hilary Hahn and Sarah Chang, cellos Antonio Janigro, Miša Majski and Nicolas Altstaedt, violist Jurij Bašmet, mezzo-soprano Marjana Lipovšek, soprano Bernarda Bobro, jazz musicians Lester Bowie and Sam Rivers and many others.
MUSIC. ACTUALLY (Special Concert)
1. Ave Maria (Johann Sebastian Bach / Charles Gounod) [0:40]*
2. The Four Seasons – Winter, i. (Antonio Vivaldi) [3:36]
3. A Thousand Years (Christina Perri) [6:58]
4. Gymnopédie No.1 (Erik Satie) [10:56]
5. Comptine d'un autre été from Amelie (Yann Tiersen) [14:24]
6. Clair de Lune (Claude Debussy) [18:10]
7. Una Mattina (Ludovico Einaudi) [22:55]
8. On the Nature of Daylight (Max Richter) [26:16]
9. Arrival of the Birds (The Cinematic Orchestra) [32:30]
10. You Raise Me Up (Secret Garden) [35:54]
11. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) [41:06]
Luka Šulić, cello
Evgeny Genchev, piano
Video Production by Giulio Ladini & Kleva Films
Directed by Giulio Ladini
Audio by Matterhorn Music – Zagreb
Lighting design by Črt Birsa – Blackout
Produced by VignaPr, AND Production and Luka Šulić
Union Hall Maribor, Slovenia, December 2020
* Start time of each work
Luka Šulić is a virtuoso cello player, well known throughout the world combining classical and crossover performances. Currently he's performing a solo classical project focused on "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi, as he is the first musician in history to perform integrally The Four Seasons on the cello. His first solo album (Vivaldi Four Seasons) was released by Sony Classical on October 25th 2019 and it debuted at #1 of Billboard Classical Albums Chart in the USA. He has given a number of solo concerts in Europe, South America and Asia, in major venues such as Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Teatro dal Verme in Milan, Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Berlin Philharmonic, Suntory Hall in Tokyo and many others.
As a member of internationally acclaimed super group 2Cellos, Luka has toured globally for many years with Sir Elton John, performing with him and opening his shows in massive arenas and stadiums. Apart from their own sold out arena tours 2Cellos have performed at prestigious venues and events such as Madison Square Garden, Paris Olympia, Sydney Opera House, Arena di Verona, Queen's Diamond Jubilee, UEFA Champions League Final, FIFA Ballon d'OR and the Emmy Awards to mention just a few. Onstage, their collaborators have included the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, George Michael, Zucchero, Steve Vai and Lang Lang. They also performed and recorded with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and appeared on major TV shows such as the Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (multiple times), TV Total with Stefan Raab, GLEE, Good Morning America and many others. Together with superstar pianist Lang Lang, they appeared on the CCTV New Year's Gala for more than 1 billion viewers.
Šulić began his musical education in Maribor when he was five years old. When he was fifteen, he became one of the youngest students ever to enter the Music Academy in Zagreb in the class of Professor Valter Dešpalj, where he graduated aged only 18. He continued his education in Vienna with Professor Reinhard Latzko. Šulić finished his master's degree with distinction at the Royal Academy of Music in London in 2011. He won series of top prizes at the prestigious international music competitions including first and special prize at the VII Lutosławski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2009), first prize at the European Broadcasting Union "New Talent" Competition (2006) and first prize at the Royal Academy of Music Patron's Award in Wigmore Hall (2011).
ulgarian pianist Evgeny Genchev (b. 1989) has been steadily gaining wider recognition and critical acclaim. He has given numerous performances across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, and has won prizes at more than fifteen national and international piano competitions.
Evgeny has appeared on TV channels such as RTL, ARD, ZDF, Deutsche Welle, Pro7 among others. He has also performed on shows such as Heidi Klum's Next Top Model, MoMa, Willkommen 2017 (at Brandenburg Gate for over 800 thousand people), PaRus Festival, Dubai alongside Luka Šulić and Filip Kirkorov, Helene Fischer Christmas Show alongside Helene Fischer and Schlagerbooom alongside Andreas Gabalier.
Genchev has performed in many renowned concerts halls: Kaufman Centre, New York; Philharmonie, Munich; Alte Oper, Frankfurt; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin; Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City; Westfalenhallen, Dortmund; LSO St Luke's and Milton Court Hall, London; Glinka Philharmonic Hall, St Petersburg; Philharmonic Hall, Warsaw; National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Beijing; and National Palace of Culture, Sofia.
In recent seasons he performed with the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM (OFUNAM) in Mexico City, the Polish Baltic Frederic Chopin Philharmonic in Gdansk, the LISMA Festival Orchestra in New York, OSUANL in Monterrey, and the Plovdiv Symphony Orchestra, collaborating with conductors such as Massimiliano Caldi, Arkady Leytush, Jesus Medina, Yan-Pascal Tortelier and Jan Latham-Koenig.
Evgeny Genchev was born in Bulgaria and began his piano studies at the Dobrin Petkov National School of Music and Dance. On completion of his course, Genchev was presented with the Dobrin Petkov Grand Award for Achievements in Music. Genchev continued his education at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the International Piano Academy "Incontri col Maestro" in Imola, Italy. He has also finished the Artist Diploma programme at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London after graduating with distinction from the Master in Performance course.
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