Idyllwild Arts welcomes Todor Pelev, violinist, and Douglas Ashcraft, pianist, for an evening of chamber music 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. They will perform Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne, Bela Bartok’s First Rhapsody and the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Cesar Franck.
Ashcraft has performed to acclaim in recitals and concerts throughout the United States, South America and Europe. A winner of prizes in many competitions, in addition to his solo work, Ashcraft is in demand as a chamber musician. His debut at Carnegie Hall with Welsh cellist Kathryn Price received lavish praise from the New York Times. Some of the venue highlights of their performances include Lincoln Center, London’s Wigmore Hall and Jacqueline Du Pre Hall at Oxford University in England. Ashcraft currently serves as Dean of the Arts and a member of the artist faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy.
Pelev 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, Pelev continued his studies at the Juilliard School in New York City and at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Pelev has been a concertmaster of the Baltimore Opera, Riverside, South Bay and Redlands Symphony orchestras, and is presently serving as a concertmaster of the San Bernardino Symphony and the Redlands Bowl Orchestra.
This recital performance is free, open to the public and will be held at Stephens Recital Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus, 52500 Temecula Rd. in Idyllwild.