San Bernardino Symphony
Dr. Anne L. Viricel
Guest Artists - Todor Pelev & Ana Maria Maldonado
Todor Pelev, a native of Bulgaria, first attracted international attention when he captured the silver medal in the Wieniawski International Violin Competition in Poland and first prize in Bulgaria's National Violin Competition. After graduating from the Sofia Conservatory as a student of Boyan Lechev, who was a protégé of David Oistrakh, Mr. Pelev emigrated to the United States and continued his studies with Dorothy DeLay at the Juilliard School and with Donald Weilerstein at the Eastman School of Music, while being his assistant. Mr. Pelev won the Eastman Concerto Competition and the National Symphony Orchestra Competition, was also the first prize recipient in the Baltimore Music Club Competition's Professional Division and won the National Contemporary Record Society Competition.
He has appeared as a guest soloist with major orchestras, including two performances of the Sibelius violin concerto with the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He has performed with the Buffalo and Rochester symphonies, and with the Baltimore Symphony at the Carnegie Hall. He has played several times at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as a soloist with The Green Umbrella concert series and was featured at the 70th-anniversary celebration for distinguished composer John Cage. Todor Pelev has presented numerous solo recitals and participated in radio and television broadcasts in Bulgaria, Poland, Hungary, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Russia, Canada and in the United States where his live performances of Mario Davidovsky's music were broadcasted nation-wide on public television. A regular performer at numerous music festivals, Mr. Pelev has performed at the Aspen (Colorado), the Tidewater (Maryland), the Mackinaw Island (Michigan) and the Rome (Italy) festivals.
Todor Pelev has been a concertmaster of the Baltimore Opera and the, Riverside, South Bay and Redlands symphony orchestras and is presently serving as a concertmaster of the San Bernardino Symphony and the Redlands Bowl Festival Orchestra. He has been a faculty member at California Institute for the Arts, the University of Redlands and California Baptist University and presently teaches at the Pomona College, the Claremont Graduate University and the Idyllwild Arts Academy.
His former students include winners of national and international competitions, concertmasters of orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Hong Kong Symphony, New Haven Symphony, Boston Civic Symphony, Cleveland Opera, as well as college and conservatory professors.
Todor Pelev performs on the 1731 Ex”Constable” Carlo Bergonzi violin, featured on the Glory of Cremona recording.
Ana Maria Maldonado received her Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied with Gabor Rejto. She received her Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from Texas Tech University. Ana Maria was awarded a J. D Rockefeller Fellowship to promote Western Classical Music in Bangkok, Thailand where she played in the Kennedy String Quartet. The Kennedy String Quartet traveled throughout Asia concertizing under the auspices of the United States Information Service. These concerts included playing in Vietnam, Laos and Nepal. Part of the fellowship included teaching Thai children at the Royal Music Academy in Bangkok and playing with the Pro Musica Orchestra, which was sponsored by the Goethe Institut. After leaving Thailand, she auditioned and won a cello position in the Heidleberg Stadtisches Opera Orchester in Heidelberg, Germany. While in Germany, she taught cello to private students at the Wiesloch Musik Schule. Currently, Ana Maria teaches at Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State San Bernardino, Chaffey College, Cal Baptist University and at the Claremont Community School of Music. She also has a private studio. She is principal cellist with the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra and is also a free-lance musician.
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