After concert activity in Europe and around the world, Juan Carlos Fernadez-Nieto says that he is looking forward to the concert in front of a good audience. It would be a fantastic experience for me, he adds. As for the program that is included in the concert event, the Spanish pianist also says that playing native music is a great responsibility for every performer. “It’s responsible because I don’t want our culture to be talked about only as bulls and wine. It is a pleasure for me to also show our music, which should be exported”, he adds.
Nicoleta Popova is from Dobrich and has been living in Spain for 22 years. According to her, the most difficult concerts are those in her hometown.
She thanked for the invitation extended to her and Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto by the municipality of Dobrich and the conductor of BKO-Dobrich Arto Chifchiyan.
About Nikoleta Popova, we know that she was born in Dobrich and her love for classical music was inspired by the concerts of our orchestra under the conductor Yordan Dafov, which she attended as a child and was even a soloist-pianist at children’s concerts. She graduated in choral conducting at the “Prof. Pancho Vladigerov” in the class of Prof. Krum Maksimov, she specialized under Johannes Prinz at the University of Arts in Graz and has a PhD from the University of Las Palmas. The teachers with whom she studied are names such as Krum Maksimov, Atanas Varadinov and Teodora Pavlovich, Johannes Prinz, Pier Angelo Pelucci and others. Since 2006, he has been teaching Conducting at the Conservatory of the Canary Islands and leads the Academy’s symphony orchestra and choirs. In that year he also made his debut with the State Symphony Orchestra of Latvia. Concerts with the Hungarian National Symphony Orchestra Szeged and the Polish Atlantic Orchestra followed. He has a rich and varied repertoire as a choir and orchestra conductor. Gives didactic concerts, makes film and television recordings. Semi-finalist of Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship 2019 /founded and directed by maestro Marin Alsop, chaired by Bernard Haitink/. One of its main characteristics is the flexibility to perform artistic proposals according to the needs and requirements of the respective ensemble. Since 2023, Nicoleta Popova is a professor of Choral Conducting at the Conservatory of Aragon.
Juan Carlos Fernández – Nieto is a pianist known in music criticism as: “Creating a dazzling musical spectacle” (scherzo magazine); “More than just virtuosity” (comp. Pizzicato Lux); “A pianist who offers pianism with a rare revelation!” (Musique classique & Co). The international career of Spanish-American pianist Juan Carlos Fernández-Nieto quickly blossomed after he performed Mozart’s Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall with the Chamber Orchestra of New York. He gave concerts in his native Spain, Europe, USA, Great Britain, Argentina and all over the world. Appears as a soloist with the Orchestra of the National Radio and Television of Spain; Chamber Orchestra of New York; The National Orchestras of Colombia and El Salvador; Gran Canaria Philharmonic; Covent Garden Orchestra. He is a frequent guest on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Teatro Maestranza, the Chicago Cultural Center, Steinway Hall in New York and London, the National Operas of many European countries, etc. His participation in chamber and classical music festivals is countless. Juan Carlos Fernandez – Nieto was born in Salamanca, Spain and began studying piano and violin at the age of four. He then made his debut at the age of sixteen with the Granada Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor conducted by Lutz Köhler. The performance itself is so impressive that it is broadcast live on the National Radio of Spain. Growing up in different regions of Spain and later moving to the USA enriched his musical personality and his unique performance style, which has been praised by the international press as a combination of “passion, soul and virtuosity”. Juan Carlos Fernández – Nieto studied in Spain with Claudio Martínez-Mechner and in the USA with Ursula Oppens and Boris Berman. He holds degrees from the City University of New York and the Yale Academy of Music. He has received laureate titles from many prestigious international competitions and has made many sound recordings. His debut album “Carnival” with works by Schumann was released in 2022. And the latest “Iberian Dances” includes works by Balakirev, Lyapunov, Albeniz and Machavariani. Juan Carlos is the first Spanish pianist ever to record Islamey, the virtuoso tour-de-force by Miliy Balakirev that earned him a nomination for the prestigious International Classical Music Awards.