My name is Avguste Antonov, and I am a concert pianist. You can find more about me and my career(including reviews, press news and other items) on my site at http://avgusteantonov.com
As a concert pianist, I believe that one has to find its own niche of repertoire. For me that niche is the music of living American composers. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of working with composers such as Carter Pann, Robert Rollin, Raina Murnak, John-Arrigo Nelson and others.
As a concert pianist, I am also always looking for exciting career opportunities and such a career opportunity presented itself to me this past December/January when I began discussing the recording of an American music CD with the Parma Recordings label.
You can find more information about Parma at http://www.parmarecordings.com/
Following a couple of month of discussions, Parma Recordings and myself came to an agreement about the recording of a CD of American living composers. Under the agreement, the CD will be released under the Parma Recordings label and distributed internationally by Naxos.
To learn about Naxos, please check http://www.naxos.com/
Parma Recordings has gracefully provided a project sheet describing the project. The project sheet can be viewed at http://docs.google.com/fileview...
As such, during the summer of 2010, I will be recording the CD, which will contain the following composers/works:
Carter Pann, "Upstate Rag" and "Soiree Macabre"
Raina Murnak, "Le Mystere D'Attraction"
George N. Gianopoulos, Op. 15 - Five Pieces for Solo Piano
Matthew Lewis, "Fantasy-Suite"
Robert Rollin, "Blue Fantasy"
Unfortunately, such an exciting project costs money. Things like production, enhanced content, mastering, duplication, international release don't come cheap. Making the quality recording that I want, and the listeners deserve can be quite cost prohibitive....or so I thought until now...
Kickstarter.com combined with your generosity and enthusiasm can bring this project to life. KickStarter allows for anyone to pledge any amount of money and that amount will be charged only if the total cost of the project is met.
For those of you who help me out on the project, I have come up with some backer rewards ranging from an advanced copy of the CD and behind-the-scenes access to the project to your very own private recital. You can see a list of all of these things here on the Kickstarter website. Remember, every penny counts toward making this CD happen!
So thanks for checking out my project, pledging, and sharing this project with your friends that might be interested too. Most of all, thank you for helping me fulfill my dream of recording and sharing this exciting music with you!