Dr. Tomis­lov Baynov: Pro­fes­sor, Com­poser, En­sem­ble

Westcoast German News - - Germany - Spirit of Rhythm 2013 -

3URIHVVRU 7RPLVODY %DyQRY fiUVW FUHDWHG D SLDQR HQVHPEOH LQ WKH FLWy RI 7URVVLQJHQ LQ 1989, in or­der to play un­usual or non­stan­dard works of art. For the 25-year An­niver­sary, in the fall of 2014, he has al­ready planned 1 or 2 con­certs right here in Van­cou­ver, as well as 25 con­certs through­out the year. There will be as many as 16 pi­anists play­ing on 8 pi­anos. In 1996, Prof. Baynov cre­ated an En­sem­ble of pi­anin­sts of world qual­ity that have per­formed over 400 con­certs in Canada, Switzer­land, Aus­tria, Ger­many, Italy, Bul­garia, Ja­pan, Ser­bia, Slo­vakia etc. On Au­gust 29th, 2013, there was a 7 pm per­for­mance at the St. He­len’s An­gel­i­can Church at 8th/Trim­ble, where Prof. Baynov, as well as Swet­lana Haensel, Dorothy Uytengsu, Rosa Hong and Vic­to­ria Fran­cisco per­formed. What I found most in­ter­est­ing was the length of the songs and how they had no “page turner” to help them. I learned that the pi­anists in the En­sem­ble play the songs com­pletely apart for sev­eral weeks and then get to­gether just be­fore a con­cert to try play­ing it to­gether. They also like to add a few RWKHU LQVWUuPHQWV, VuFK DV SHUFuVVLRQ, RUJDQ RU JuLWDU WR DGG VRPH flDYRuU WR WKH VRuQG. 7KH VRQJV DUH YHUy FRPSOHx DQG LW WDNHV 100% con­cen­tra­tion to be able to play them. They work with some of the bests pi­anists of the world, and are plan­ning to com­pose even more num­bers! I met up with Berndt Ed­ward Haensel, Swet­lana Haensel and Prof. Baynov (left) at the Van­cou­ver Lawn Ten­nis & Bad­minton Club a day af­ter at­tend­ing their “Spirit of 5KyWKP” %HQH­fiW &RQFHUW. 7KHy KDG RQOy DQ KRuU WR VSHQG ZLWK PH EHIRUH JRLQJ WR Rich­mond to play at another con­cert. My main ques­tion to the ta­lented per­form­ers was “How did you get started?” It all be­gan with Prof. Baynov, who dis­cov­ered a pas­sion for play­ing pi­anos in a group set­ting. A pi­ano trio was tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered a pi­ano, cello & vi­olin, but he wanted to change this. While do­ing re­search, he found that the com­po­si­tion of “six hand” pieces ended in the 1920’s and wasn’t picked up again un­til the 1970’s. The En­sem­ble, un­der the lead­er­ship of Prof. Baynov has dis­cov­ered over 400 orig­i­nal and for­got­ten works cre­ated in or be­fore the 19. Cen­tury that can be played on ev­ery­thing from two to 25 pi­anos, in­clud­ing ones from Bach & Mozart. This pas­sion is an ex­pen­sive hobby, that Prof. Baynov funds by teach­ing at the lo­cal Academy of Mu­sic in Trossin­gen. He also has 5 grand pi­anos at home, that he in­vites his En­sem­ble and stu­dents to use to prac­tice for con­certs. Berndt Haensel, a noted com­poser, has works that con­sist of sym­phonic com­po­si­tions, DUUDQJHPHQWV IRU 8 KDQGV RQ WZR SLDQR DQG SLHFHV IRU fiOP VFRUHV. HH EHJDQ SODyLQJ WKH pi­ano when he met his fu­ture wife, Swet­lana. She be­came his pi­ano teacher, and now his mu­sic, has been heard all over Europe through her and the En­sem­ble. Haensel funds his pas­sion for com­pos­ing by his De­sign & Sign-Mak­ing Busi­ness, while Swet­lana is a pi­ano teacher and fac­ulty mem­ber at the Mu­sic Univer­sity in Lahr. Prof Baynov is also a pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Pi­ano Com­pe­ti­tion for Six Hands. He also has many more plans to visit Canada, Ger­many, Italy, Bul­garia, Greece & Slo­vakia with and with­out his En­sem­ble to play for new au­di­ences around the world. His web­site is: http://www.baynov-pi­ano.net/. YRu FDQ DOVR fiQG KLP RQ YRu7uEH. 7KHy LQYLWH WKHLU DuGLHQFH WR SDy at­ten­tion and to fol­low along as they cre­ate many more works of art.

Prof. Tomis­lav NedelkovicBaynov at the pi­ano (right) & key­board (left) Photo by Diet rich Klaue

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