Arts & Culture

UWF Department of Music presents cello faculty recital by Dr. Boyan Bonev

The University of West Florida Department of Music will present Dr. Boyan Bonev, adjunct professor, in a faculty recital with special guest, Dr. Mimi Noda, on piano on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82.

The recital will include works by Hristiskov, Chopin, Popper and Monti, and Shostakovich.

Award-winning cellist Boyan Bonev is a native of Bulgaria. He holds Doctorate of Music and Master of Music degrees from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bonev has performed in a number of prestigious music festivals and conferences in Europe and the U.S.

Bonev was featured as a soloist by the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, the UWF Chamber Orchestra, the Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra and the Stara Zagora Symphony Orchestra, and has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Bonev is a prizewinner from the Bulgarian National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists and the Music and Earth International Competition. He is also a recipient of the Radio Stara Zagora National Award for Outstanding Concert and Artistic Achievements and a Florida State University Graduate Teaching Assistantship.

Bonev teaches cello, double bass, chamber music and orchestra at UWF, and he is the artistic director of the Seaside Chamber Music Festival. He is also a faculty member of the Florida State University Summer Music Camps.

Mimi Noda, associate professor of piano at Albany State University, holds a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance, Chamber Music and Accompanying from the Florida State University College of Music. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Solo Performance from the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo. After graduating, she was invited to be the pianist for the Japanese Choral Association – one of four professional choral organizations in Japan – for six years.

She has been at Albany State University since 2006, initially serving as the staff accompanist before accepting an assistant professor position in 2009. Since the fall of 2013, Noda has been teaching Japanese language classes for the Albany State University Department of Modern Languages, a class she previously taught in the Florida State University Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics.

She regularly volunteers many hours of her personal time giving private piano lessons to ASU faculty and to children at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Florida.

This season, Noda and Bonev will have a duo concert tour in Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Monticello and Pensacola, Florida and Marietta, Georgia.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For more information or to reserve tickets, please contact the CFPA Box Office at 850.857.6285.

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