Soul of Tango Issac Albeniz Tango * (arranged by Aaron Brock) Astor Piazzolla Libertango Astor Piazzolla Tanguisimo Astor Piazzolla Boricua Astor Piazzolla Revirado Jaime Zenamon Tango *Aaron Brock - guitar Recorded at Three Willow Church in Guelph, August 2, 2006 Astor Pizzolla Oblivion Jose Bragato Impresionista Astor Piazzolla Melodia en La Menor Astor Piazzolla Introducción Al Angel *Angel Stankov - conductor Sofia Chamber Orchestra Recorded at the studio of the Bulgarian National Radio June 26, 2006 Ralitsa Tcholakova is a Canadian violinist with Bulgarian roots. She holds a Masters Degree from the State Academy of Music in Bulgaria and a Diploma from the Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. She has been a Long Term Artist in Residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts. During her residency at The Banff Centre, she was involved in more than 25 concerts including Chamber Music performances with Lawrence Lesser and Gilbert Kelish. "Her performance is characterized by a strong presence of spirit and soul, tireless musical imagination and genuine passion." (20. 04.2005, Main - Echo) She has an active international solo career and has performed as a soloist with orchestras and at chamber music series in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, and Uruguay. Her concerts have been recorded for broadcast for CBC and other radio stations in Canada as well as for Bulgarian National radio and television. Ralitsa is the recipient of numerous bursaries, scholarships, awards and grants such as Svetoslav Obretenov Bulgarian National Competition, Sarasota Kiwanis Club, Baden - Baden Lion's Club, Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Austrian Ministry of Culture, FACTOR, Europe 2000 and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. She is also a published author. Last year her essay "Footsteps to Eternity" about Mozart's life, was published in the first Anthology book in connection with the celebration of the composer's 250th birth anniversary in Bulgaria. The anthology "Mozart-Genius" is a project sponsored by the Austrian Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Most recently, the Canadian Embassy in Romania granted Ralitsa their entire 2006 budget for Bulgarian culture, in order to organize the first 'Days of Canadian Culture' festival in Sofia, November 24-26, 2006. Prof. Angel Stankov is Bulgaria's preeminent violinist and chamber music instrumentalist, first violin, professor and conductor. For 30 years now Angel Stankov has been a member of the famous Stankov - Radionov duo. The duo is a recipient of the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Chamber Music Festa competition, Golden Lyre of the Union of Bulgarian Musicians, the Prize for Great Artistic Achievements at the XII Youth Festival Moscow, 100 Years Bella Bartok award. Stankov & Radionov have performed around the globe. Their world performances include prestigious stages such as Wigmore Hall in London. Angel Stankov has made many recordings for the Bulgarian Radio and Television, BBC - London, the Hague Radio, Prague Radio, Russian and Freench TV, Yomiuri Television, Radio NHK - Japan, and others. Stankov is currently a Professor of Chamber Music and Deputy Rector of the Pancho Vladigerov Music Academy in Sofia. After 20 years as first fiddle of Sofia Philharmonic, Angel Stankov has taken on the job of a conductor. Over the last few years, he has made regular appearances as a conductor of symphony orchestras in Bulgaria, Serbia, Germany, Turkey, Greece and Ukraine. Aaron Brock (1974 -2006) Aaron passed away suddenly at his home on August 3, 2006 at 31 years of age, when his good heart failed without warning. He was an accomplished classical guitarist, a teacher at The Royal Conservatory of Music, and a composer. He had just released his first CD, Toccata (Analekta) and was preparing for an upcoming concert schedule that was to include a performance with the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra. He was a graduate of Arts York at Unionville High School, University of Toronto (B.Mus., M.Mus), and received his Doctorate of Musical Arts and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where he was the inaugural recipient of The Andres Segovia Award. The First Biennial Aaron Brock International Guitar Competition will take place in Toronto October 3rd through 6th 2007. The Brock International Memorial Guitar Competition will be Canada's most prestigious and preeminent guitar competition dedicated to Brock's lifetime dedication to the pursuit of musical excellence.