Straso Temkov on flute and Marija Vrshkova on piano

Bechstein Artist Series at Bechstein Piano Centre

207 West 58th street, New York, NY 10019

Concert at 7 pm

Francis Poulenc – Sonata for Flute and Piano
1.Allegro malinconico
3.Presto giocoso

Paul Hindemmit – Sonata for Flute and Piano
1.Heiter bewegt
2.Sehr langsam
3.Sehr lebhaft

Trajko Prokopiev – Small suita for Flute and Piano


Straso Temkov is the principal flutist at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, member of the Macedonian Wind Quintet and the contemporary music ensemble St.Sofia. As a soloist he has had numerous concerts with the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the Macedonian Philharmonic, the Macedonian Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of the French-American Music College. He has performed at domestic festivals such as Ohrid Summer Festival, Skopje Summer Festival, Heraclea Nights, Nimus, Autumn Music, Days of Macedonian Music as well as festivals and events in France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and USA. He has been a jury member at renowned international competitions such as Petar Konjovic (Belgrade), Davorin Jenko (Belgrade), Flute Festival Tahir Kulenovic (Valjevo), Ohrid Pearls (Ohrid). Straso Temkov is an associate professor at the UKIM Faculty of music arts in Skopje. His first CD was published in 2002.

Marija Vrskova was born in Bitola, Macedonia where she finished her primary and secondary music studies. She continued her education at the Faculty of Music of the University of St. Cyril and St. Methodius in Skopje with professor Todor Svetiev, and in 1997 graduated with the highest honor CUM LAUDE. She got her masters degree in 2001 with the same professor. During her education she has taken part in many international contests, winning numerous prizes, the most important being the 3rd prize on the International Competition for Young Pianist in Rome, Italy ;several 1st prizes on the republic competitions, and two 3rd prizes in ex-Jugoslavia.  She especially established herself as a chamber musician, performing in many countries:  Croatia, Albania, Bulgaria,The Netherlands, Turkey, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Russia, Italy; and with many well-known musicians: Stefan Milenkovic, Monika Leskovar, Ino Mirkovic¦ She is the most active in Macedonian music festivals such as: Ohrid Summer Fest, Days of Macedonian Music, Heraclea Night, and the music competition Ohrid Pearls, where she won the special prize for the best piano accompaniment from the international jury, crowning her long musical career.

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