2019 Tour
23.03 / 18:00
Białystok PL
Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic
25.03 / 18:00
Tallinn EE
House of Blackheads
30.03 / 20:30
Wien AT
Porgy & Bess
05.04 / 19:00
Bucharest RO
10.04 / 19:00
Oradea RO
State Philharmonic
The Project

With the new program, La Vida Loca – “Bridges”, Romanian virtuoso flutist Matei Ioachimescu and Venezuelan versatile pianist Alfredo Ovalles, both international soloists based in Vienna, create a completely new world that nevertheless feels familiar. They are out to test the boundaries of what a flute and piano can do – mixing classical, jazz, rock, contemporary and folk music.

“We find ourselves in a world more fragmented every day. But Matei and I have taken it as an inspiration, putting together new arrangements of folk music from Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, as well as new compositions created specifically for this program, managing to erase all musical and geographical borders.” (Alfredo Ovalles).

The dazzling virtuosity, the charming sense of humor and the warmth of the Venezuelan and Romanian personalities combine to bring a program filled with color and passion, sure to stay in the audience’s mind for a lifetime.

Matei Ioachimescu

His playing moved the audience deeply, after each concert there were people in tears and the ovations were unusually long. Matei Ioachimescu is one of the greatest flutists, I have ever heard.” Kalevi Aho (composer) 26.5.2018

Matei Ioachimescu, Matei Ioachimescu is one of the most renowned Romanian flutists. He is praised by audiences and music critics for his “adventurous and enchanting” performances. He performs regularly on the international stage as a soloist or in his own chamber music projects, interpreting baroque, contemporary and cross-over repertoire, in concert halls such as Konzerthaus Wien, Suntory Hall, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, Budapest Music Center or Ateneul Roman. Matei´s debut CD “Lumiére” (Quartz Media, 2014) with the pianist Catalina Butcaru includes music by french fin de siècle composers, received highest critical acclaim. “… (the artists) bring the lights of Paris closer to the listener in an exceptional recording distinguished by refined and original interpretations” (Petra Gherasim, musicologist). Matei Ioachimescu holds the title “Ambassador of Integration”, awarded to him by the Austrian Secretary of State for his engagement in numerous artistic projects of great importance for the intercultural exchange. Matei is also an avid pedagogue, organising and teaching masterclasses and workshops across Austria, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania. He is a jury member of several international music competitios in Romania and Croatia.

For more info: http://mateiioachimescu.com/

Alfredo Ovalles

Alfredo Ovalles is one of the most active soloists and chamber musicians from Venezuela.

Having performed in places as diverse as Belarus, Germany, Spain, Mexico and the Dominican Republic, he has had the pleasure of playing in halls such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Wiener Konzerthaus, Wiener Musikverein and London’s King’s Place. A strong advocate for contemporary music, Alfredo is always trying to test the limits of the piano as an instrument and looking to combine it with percussion instruments and expand it with electronic sounds. Due to his never-ending desire for musical experimentation, Alfredo devotes a big part of his time working with composers and performing premieres of pieces written for him or in collaboration with groups like Diaspora Duo, Green Thing Ensemble, and The Black Page Orchestra.

For more info: http://alfredoovalles.com/

The Program

Almoraima / Zyryab (Paco de Luciá)

Hov Arek Sare Jan / Al Ayloughs (Komitas)

El Choclo (A. Villoldo)

Tonada de Luna Lenna (S. Diaz)

Where to go when (Irinel Anghel)

Caribe (Michel Camilo)

Alfonsina Y el mar (A. Ramirez)

Patasdilo (Carlos Vieco)

Wolf on a Hot Tin Roof (Diana Rotaru)

Trabadedos (Venezuelean Trad. Medley)

Makedonsko Devoiče / Jovano Jovanke / Kalaidjisko Oro (Macedonian trad.)


* subject to change