‘Thomasville Live’ to cross continents for virtual concert

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Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present a “Thomasville Live” performance at noon Friday, June 12, featuring multi-national pianist Vladimir Tzanev, vocalist Diane de Tsanev, and violinist Marc Armengol with the Taibai String Quartet at www.facebook.com/actu31792/live.

All of the artists are living and teaching in Ningbo, China, and will be performing live for this international event.

“Thomasville Live” is a partnership with the Thomasville Center for the Arts and is sponsored in part by the Thomasville Entertainment Foundation. The program will feature interviews, educational content about the instruments and music, and performances of music with host Karl Barton.

“This is one of the most unexpected blessings about the lack of live performances during the pandemic – that we can find people from all over the world who want to share their artistry with us virtually,” said series coordinator and producer Dr. Karl Barton.

Dr. Boyan Bonev, who coordinates and produces the series with Barton, said, “Vladi is one of my friends. When I approached him about this opportunity, he was very excited and wanted to be part of Thomasville Live. All of the performers are viewing this as a real performance. They are practicing and preparing very carefully.”

Vladimir Tzanev is the lead piano consultant and founder of Di&Val Music Consultancy. He is a professional pianist, composer and music teacher who was born in Bulgaria. He holds master’s degrees from the National Music Academy P. Vladigerov in Bulgaria in Music Pedagogy and Composition. Vladimir Tzanev attended master classes in the Netherlands and the USA. His compositions have been featured on stages throughout Europe, Asia and Latin America, as well as broadcast on television and radio. He has more than 25 years of stage experience and more than 20 years of piano and composition teaching experience.

Diane de Tzanev is co-founder of Di&Val Music Consultancy. She is a professional singer and guitar player as well as vocal and guitar teacher. She was born on the Caribbean island of San Andres. She has performed throughout Latin America, the USA, Europe and Asia. Diane de Tzanev received her music certifications in the United Kingdom’s Voice College in contemporary music vocal coaching and at Berklee College of Music for Guitar performance. With more than 15 years of stage experience, Diane de Tzanev is a committed teacher and active performer.

Professor Marc Armengol is a violinist and enjoys teaching all ages from the young beginner to advanced violin students. He was born in Spain and graduated with an Advance Degree in Violin and Chamber music from the Advanced Conservatory of Music in Barcelona, Spain. There he worked with the violin masters J. Pamies and A. Leon Ara. Professor Armengol nurtures young musicians to prepare for university studies, and performs with chamber music groups from Europe, the USA and China. He founded the Taibai String Quartet, and recently co-published 4 volumes of “Playing4Strings” for violin students in collaboration with Shanghai Education Publishing House.

The “Thomasville Live” livestream will be available at noon Friday at www.facebook.com/actu31792/live.  Previous “Thomasville Live” videos are also available here. No Facebook account is required to view.

Vladimir Tzanev, piano, Diane de Tzanev, vocals, and Marc Armengol, violin, will perform live from China during the next ‘Thomasville Live’ at noon Friday, June 12.

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