LOLA ASTANOVA AND PALM BEACH SYMPHONY: A GREAT COLLABORATION Virtuoso pianist and orchestra compose a harmonious arrangement

PALM BEACH, FL (March 20, 2015) – Acclaimed piano sensation Lola Astanova has collaborated with the world-class musicians of the Palm Beach Symphony to produce performances that have rocked classical music in South Florida for the last five Palm Beach seasons.  Most recently in partnership, Astanova and the applauded orchestra, under the direction of internationally renowned conductor Ramón Tebar, delivered a “Symphonic  (R)evolution” at Mar-a-Lago Club for a grandiose conclusion to the Symphony’s 2014-2015 season. The commendable reviews received throughout the years confirm a relationship that can stand the test of time.

In a review for “Palm Beach Symphony at Mar-a-Lago” in 2014 with Astanova playing Chopin, Rex Hearn for the Palm Beach Arts Paper described the collaboration as “magnificent music making from orchestra and soloist.” The “pianist and orchestra play in sync… Astanova’s touch was feathery light, at times spellbinding. The orchestral accompaniment was excellent in these difficult passages. The co-operation between soloist and conductor made this a great success,” Hearn writes.

“Palm Beach Symphony and pianist Lola Astanova give powerful performance,” headlines Greg Stepanich’s review for the Palm Beach Daily News following “Symphonic Music for a Spring Evening” in 2011 at the Flagler Museum. “Powerhouse reading of this durable concerto, full of heft and sparkle, and ably accompanied by conductor Ramón Tebar and the orchestra. The audience loved it, and clearly would have been happy had Astanova offered a solo encore. If it was a big night for Astanova, it was equally big for Tebar, who took on one of the greatest pieces in the repertoire with the Eroica Symphony (No. 3 in E-flat, Opus 55) of Beethoven. This is a true test of conducting skill, and Tebar did beautifully,” continued Stepanich.

Since achieving acclaim, Astanova has used her talent, time and influence to support and bring attention to various charitable causes, including constantly encouraging her fans to support local art and education initiatives. In 2012 and 2013, she performed with the Palm Beach Symphony in two gala benefit concerts along with famed guest conductor Jahja Ling.

With a direct pianistic lineage back to Liszt and a distinct visual flair, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting, deeply emotional style that hearkens back to the old masters. Her effortless power, speed and precision, combined with emotional depth and lyricism have earned Astanova her quick acclaim. She offers classical music lovers an invigorating alternative and has singlehandedly defined what it means to be a modern-day virtuoso.

Palm Beach favorite Astanova, with her dramatic stage presence and rave reviews, has a growing repute for artistic collaborations that take her far and wide. In 2014, Astanova and Maestro Ling debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the most sought-after performing ensembles in the world. Continuing into the season, she performed in three weekend performances alongside Ling and the San Diego Symphony. Also at the season’s start, she had the privilege of kicking off the “Grand Season Opening” of the Miami Symphony Orchestra under the direction of music director and conductor Eduardo Marturet. Additionally this season, she was invited to perform with the All-Star Orchestra, an all-star cast of players from America’s leading symphony orchestra. The collaboration with Maestro Gerard Schwarz and the All-Star Orchestra will culminate in a PBS special that will air on national television later this year. Meanwhile, Astanova continues her 2014-2015 schedule collaborating with conductors Ling and Schwarz in performances across the globe.

Delivering a more personal side of Astanova, she has unveiled a pure and honest 12-part YouTube series, La Musique et L’Ardeur, that brings the audience closer to the artist and classical music. Her unique blend of effortless technical skill and graceful style makes her one of the most dynamic and sought-after pianists performing today.

Artistic Director of the Palm Beach Symphony since 2010, with a growing international reputation in both the opera and orchestral arenas, conductor Ramón Tebar is known for his musical versatility, compelling interpretations and orchestra building skills. A popular guest conductor worldwide, Maestro Tebar has the distinction of being the first Spanish conductor to be appointed Music Director of an American opera company, the Florida Grand Opera (FGO). Having successfully served as Music Director of the FGO since 2011 following his acclaimed debut in 2010, Tebar’s long-term relationship with the company continues with the new title of Principal Conductor. In January 2014, Tebar was appointed Music Director of the Dominican Republic’s biannual Festival Musical de Santo Domingo and in May 2014, was appointed Artistic Director of Florida’s Opera Naples.

“The youth and vitality of Lola and Ramón, along with our amazing orchestra, brings energy and relevance to classical music today,” notes Palm Beach Symphony Executive Director David McClymont. “Collaborations such as this one keep our audiences engaged and entertained at an all new level. We are grateful to Palm Beach Symphony supporters and donors which allow us the opportunity to partner with exceptionally talented artists.”

Palm Beach Symphony offers not only a spirited series of orchestral concerts each season, but also an array of additional musical and social events for a growing membership. All proceeds go toward the Palm Beach Symphony’s mission to engage, educate and entertain the greater community of the Palm Beaches through live performances of inspiring orchestral music.

For information on membership and giving opportunities, please contact the Palm Beach Symphony at 561.655.2657 or info@palmbeachsymphony.org.

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