St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Greta Mutlu - violin, and Veneta Neynska - piano

Friday, 17 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Greta Mutlu - violin, and Veneta Neynska - pianoGreta Mutlu - violin, and Veneta Neynska - piano

Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Sonata for Violin and Piano in a minor, D. 385

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante

III. Menuetto: Allegro

IV. Allegro

Sergey Prokofiev (1891-1953)

Sonata for Violin Sonata No.2 in D major, Op. 94a

I. Moderato

II. Scherzo: Presto

III. Andante

IV. Allegro con brio

Currently based in London, Bulgarian violinist Greta Mutlu is enjoying a busy and varied performance schedule. Recent engagements include international tours with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Aurora Orchestra, chamber music residencies at the Wye Valley Festival and Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme, and concerts with the award-winning 12 Ensemble. A devoted chamber musician, Greta has been a member of the Honors String Quartet at Carnegie Mellon University and has taken part in the Intensive Quartet Seminar at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her mentors include members of the Cleveland Quartet, Timothy Ying, and Noah Bendix-Balgley. In masterclass, she has worked with members of the Tokyo, St. Lawrence, and the London Haydn Quartets, as well as Leonidas Kavakos, Mauricio Fuks, and Sir Roger Norrington. Greta's festival appearances include the Aspen Music Festival and School, Le Domaine Forget, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet Seminar at Stanford University. After winning competition prizes in her home country and abroad, in 2005 Greta was awarded a diploma for distinguished artistic achievement by the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. Former pupil of renowned American pedagogues Paul Kantor and Andres Cardenes, Greta holds a Bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School in Toronto, and a Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University.

Veneta Neynska did her undergraduate studies with the world renowned pianist John Perry at the University of Southern California. She earned her Master's degree with Joan Havill in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Veneta has participated in masterclasses with Imogen Cooper, Alexei Nasedkin, Jerome Lowenthal and Dominique Merlet. Veneta has partaken in a multitude of competitions and has won prizes including first prize at the 7th International Piano Competition in Larnaca, Cyprus, second prize at the Christopher Duke Competition, third prize at Seiler Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria and at the Beethoven Intercollegiate Competition, and the Beethoven Prize during her studies at Guildhall College of Music and Drama. In 2009, she won first prize at the Beethoven Hradec Competition in Czech Republic that subsequently lead to a successful performance of Beethoven's Concerto No.3 with Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra under Jakub Zidek. Further to this, she received an invitation to perform at the 50th Anniversary of the competition in 2011, where she performed Beethoven's Triple Concerto with violinist Jan Mracek and cellist Charles-Antoine Duflot under the baton of Rostislav Hališka. Veneta's most recent achievements include winning third prize at the Alexander Tansman Competition in Lodz, Poland where she performed Tansman's Second Piano Concerto with Lodz Philharmonic Orchestra and Swiss conductor Luca Pfaff. In addition, the pianist has recently made her debut at the prestigious Bulgarian festivals "Apollonia" in Sozopol and "Piano Extravaganza" in Sofia. Currently, Veneta serves as an Artistic Director of Modo Bulgaria - an organisation that creates and supports classical music events.

Dividing their time between London and Sofia, Bulgarian musicians Greta Mutlu and Veneta Neynska have been collaborating since 2011. Brought together by a passion for ensemble playing, they have given concerts as part of various chamber groups in addition to their duo recitals. Currently, Greta is enjoying a busy freelance career in the U.K., appearing regularly with 12 Ensemble, the Aurora Orchestra, and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, among others. Veneta is the mastermind behind the hugely successful Pillow Concerts for young people and the artistic director of Motif concert series in Sofia.