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Program for Dorisiya Yosifova

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8 pm

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Dorisiya Yosifova, violin

with special guest Paul Dab, piano


Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665–1729)
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Keyboard in A minor

J.D. Honorof (b. 1983)
Variations of a Bulgarian Folk Song for Solo Violin
World Premiere
            Var. 1
            Var. 2

Dora Pejačevič (1885–1923)
Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in B flat minor, ‘Slavic’
            Allegro con anima
            Allegro molto vivace 

Amy Beach (1867–1944)
Three Compositions, Op. 40 for Violin and Piano
            La Captive

About the musicians

A native of Bulgaria, violinist Dorisiya Yosifova enjoys an active career in music as a teacher and performer. As an orchestra musician, Dorisiya has performed with the Apollo ensemble of Boston as Principal Second Violinist, the Cape Ann Symphony as Section Player and the Lowell House Opera as Concertmaster. In recent years, she has appeared in performances as a solo and chamber musician in the Greater Boston Area where Dorisiya was located before her recent move to the Bay Area. Enthusiastic about teaching, Dorisiya is currently on the String Faculty of the Maud Powell String Institute, Myriad Music School, and MidPeninsula Music Academy. Previously, she has also taught at the Boston School of Music Arts and the El Sistema inspired Youth and Family Enrichment Services. Additionally, Dorisiya is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Maud Powell String Institute – a string program specifically designed for immigrant children in Massachusetts.

Paul Dab is a San Francisco based pianist, teacher, vocal coach, and music director. He collaborates with singers and instrumentalists in a variety of musical styles and enjoys presenting audiences with a wide range of music and discussion topics. Paul collaborates with Bay Area organizations including Lamplighters Music Theater, West Bay Opera, and Cinnabar Theater and has been part of the creative process for world premier operas by Hector Armienta and Joseph Colombo. In classes, private lessons, and performances he engages students on a weekly basis through programs at San Francisco Community Music Center, San Francisco Opera Guild, and Schools of the Sacred Heart. Paul has been a dedicated musician since his grandparents first took him to piano lessons at the age of four. He received degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Vanderbilt University and has worked in educational outreach at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cypress String Quartet, and the Nashville Symphony.

J.D. Honorof is a Seattle-based composer and musician whose main interest is blending classical music from the Western tradition with international influences. J.D. composed her first film score her sophomore year of high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy. This inspired her to pursue musical composition and film scoring at Cornish College of the Arts, where she graduated summa cum laude. J.D. also holds a Master’s degree in Music from Boston University. J.D. has studied composition with Peter Askim, Janis Giteck, Jarrad Powell, Denis Segond, and Amy Rubin. While at Cornish, she interned with Emmy Award-winning film composer Hummie Mann and credits this work with Mr. Mann as cementing her passion for composing music that expresses the subtlety of feeling and emotion while supporting a visual story.

With extensive experience orchestrating various ensembles, including non-Western instrumentations and tonal centers. J.D. has composed music for film, dance, and various instrumental ensembles. Her music has been performed by a variety of artists, including the duo Femme Fuoco, Boston Conservatory, the St. Helens string quartets, and the Esoteric. J.D. loves the challenge of creating music for another art medium. She believes that true creativity cannot happen in a vacuum—it must be a collaborative process that is met with flexibility and humor. J.D. also helps shape music education and has directed and chaired many music programs at independent high schools across the West. She believes that music is as important to a well-rounded education as science or math and actively teaches with that in mind.

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