On Monday 4 July at 4.30 pm the new musical tour of Maestro Massimiliano Messieri begins together with three other internationally renowned musicians such as Maja Pavlovska (soprano) and the Duo SoliPse (Elena Stojceska, flute; Romain Petiot, guitar), who will be protagonists first at the XXXIII. International Forfest Festival of the Czech Republic in Kromeriz, then in Vienna on 5 July at 20.30 for the “Concert for Peace” organized by the Embassy of the Republic of San Marino in collaboration with the Embassy of North Macedonia and, finally, the European quartet will be in San Marino at the Basilica del Santo on 7 July at 6.00 pm for the inaugural concert of the XII. Maskfest 2022 – San Marino International Festival of New Music, concert sponsored by the Secretariat of State for Education and Culture of the Republic of San Marino and the Ministry of Culture of North Macedonia and with the support of Eden, SUMS Società Unione Mutuo Soccorso and ‘San Marino Music Institute. Originally the tour saw the participation of the soprano Gonca Bogoromova Krapovski who had already sung at the inaugural concert in Skopje last May 4th, unfortunately an accident that happened last week denied it to her, luckily her friend and colleague Maja Pavlovska was free from performances and concerts in this week and was able to replace her on the tour learning the entire program in one only.
It is no coincidence that Maja Pavlovska is a highly qualified and acclaimed singer, performer, musician and actress. After professionally trained adolescence at an early age in her native Macedonia and having experienced her first professional theater performances and winning some first national awards since, she graduated with honors from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris with a double Master in Opera Singing and Improvisation. Her training qualifications include a vocal postgraduate degree with honors from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Maja Pavlovska is known for being a highly versatile singer and performer, extending her repertoire from classical music, musical theater, contemporary, jazz, soul to traditional music. In France, she began to hold important roles in the classical repertoire before graduation, then she performed regularly in major French opera houses and national theatrical scenes such as The National Paris Opera Bastille, Théâtre du Chatelet-Paris, Cité de la Musique- Paris, Opera houses in Bordaux, Lille, Nantes, Strasbourg, Metz. She has also been invited as a soloist in several international scenes. Parallel to the classical repertoire, Maja has collaborated continuously over the years as a soloist with major contemporary French ensembles and some national musical theater companies, such as Ensemble 2e2m, Ensemble Justiniana and La Péniche Opéra, creating more than 40 contemporary roles and interpreting complexes and original and versatile musical scores. Some of these roles are written and dedicated specifically for her voice, such as Laurent Martin’s “Iris”, or Alexandros Markeas’s “Outsider”. Very attached to the Musical Theater, she played Ella and Moll in Blitzstein’s “The Cradle will rock”, as well as leading roles in famous musicals such as “Les Miserable” and “Cabaret”. She is also an established international singing teacher and stage coach. Together with this extraordinary singer, a duo of musicians who had already enchanted the San Marino years ago will perform with Maestro Messieri, the Duo SoliPse, which was formed in 2011.
The flutist Elena Stojceska and the guitarist Romain Petiot have performed in various cities and festivals in France, the Czech Republic, North Macedonia, Italy, Russia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, such as the Arromanches festival, the “Maskfest” festival in San Marino, the “Ohrid summer” festival, “Days of Macedonian Music” in Skopje, the “Forfest” festival in Kromeritz, the international “Sarajevo winter” festival, the Scriabin museum in Moscow, the Bosmelet castle, Châtellerault, the Sagonne Festival, La Semaine classique au Lavoir, at the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels and various locations in Paris and the Paris region. The formation of chamber music for flute and guitar has aroused interest among composers since the time of Astor Piazzolla as his “Histoire du tango”. Hence, the Duo SoliPse tends to play 20th and 21st century music, including pieces by composers such as Doïna Rotaru, Massimilia Messieri, Toru Takemitsu, Vincent Airault, Laurence Sherr or Edison Denisov.
On the other hand, the Duo SoliPse is inclined to the folk-inspired music of Béla Bartók, Dusan Bogdanovic, Miroslav Tadic, Ravi Shankar, to name a few. They premiered the piece “Liebes-Lied” by Massimiliano Messieri in 2016, a piece composed and dedicated to the duo SoliPse, as well as “A dream Within a dream” for flute, guitar, voice, toy percussion and live electronics. The American composer Laurence Sherr has dedicated his “Capriccioso” for flute and guitar to the Duo SoliPse. In 2022 the last piece dedicated to the duo was “Opus voyage” by the French composer Raphaëlle Zaneboni. The Duo SoliPse was invited to lecture at the 2016 Colloquium in Kromeriz and is engaged in pedagogical activities through masterclasses and workshops on flute, guitar and chamber music. An international quartet (voice, flute, guitar and electronics) will arrive here in San Marino on July 7th.