Sunday, February 1, 2004

St. Thomas Recital

Vesselin Demirev – first violinist of the Gyros String Quartet, and Valeria Vetruccio, piano, invite you to an evening of absolutely beautiful and romantic music on 10 February, 2004 at St.Thomas Aquinas, starting at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $15.00 for adults, $7.00 for students and seniors, available in advance at or at the door.

Don't miss this opportunity to listen to one of our best violin/piano duos in the DFW area, performing in a beautiful church setting.
(if you ever wanted to hear the Bach Chaconne in a "European Style" cathedral, then this would be one of those rare occasions where the environment and the performer come together in the right place.)


J. S. Bach - Chaconne in d-minor for solo violin
C. Franck - Sonata in A-major
E. Chausson - Poem
P. Vladigerov - Rhapsody
A. Beach - Romance
P. de Sarasate - Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Airs)


  1. Brahms - Sonata for violin and piano in d-minor - mp3 *
  2. Vladigerov - Rhapsody - mp3 *
  3. Sarasate - Romanza Andaluza - mp3 *
* recorded live at Caruth Auditorium, SMU, 28 February, 2001


Vesselin Demirev was born in Varna, Bulgaria and began his musical studies at the age of four. He is an MA graduate of the prestigious National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria and has an Artist Certificate in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Mr. Demirev has been concertmaster of the New Symphony Orchestra in Sofia and Abilene Philharmonic, and is currently concertmaster of the Irving Symphony Orchestra and the Plano Symphony Orchestra. He has performed to critical acclaim with major orchestras and in numerous concerts and solo recitals, which have taken him to concert stages in Austria, Hungary, Holland, France, Italy, Spain and the United States. He has recordings under the Gasparo label in New York and the Balkanton label in Sofia. He teaches violin performance, orchestral repertoire, and chamber music at the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Future engagements include concerts in Europe and in Philadelphia under the baton of Maestro Rossen Milanov, Assistant Conductor of Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Hector Guzman, Music Director of the Plano and Irving Symphony Orchestras.

Valeria Vetruccio, a native of Italy, is currently studying for her masters degree at Southern Methodist University with Joaquin Achucarro and Alfred Mouledous, on a full scholarship. She graduated in Italy in 1996 with "Summa cum laude", as student of Aquiles Delle Vigne, Franco Scala and Riccardo Risaliti. Upon her graduation Vetruccio was awarded all the prizes and honors for achieving the highest marks in her year in all of Italy. She has given numerous recitals in many Italian cities, such as Rome, Venice, Genoa, Bari, Lecce. After her highly acclaimed debut recital at Wiener Saal in Salzburg at the age of 17, she has been in demand as a soloist in Spain, Austria, France, Belgium, Germany, Brazil and Bulgaria. She also performed in Australia for the Italian Cultural Center of Sydney. Her debut in the United States was in 1999 with a recital at Lang Recital Hall in New York and last January she gave a recital in the prestigious Carnegie Hall. She performed as soloist with many Chamber and Symphony Orchestras, such as the "Carlo Felice" Symphony in Genoa, the Lecce Conservatory Symphony, the "C.P.E.Bach" Chamber Orchestra, the Eurorchestra and the Irving Symphony. Besides her music career, in 2004 Vetruccio will be awarded her doctorate in Anthropology from the Lecce State University, Italy.

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