Meet the Artists: Lachezar & Maximilian
We are busy preparing for our debut in August at The Joyce in NYC and aside from the excitement of heading to the Big Apple we are so thrilled with the artists that will be joining us. So for the next few weeks we will be posting updates about these esteemed artists of DWDT dancing at the Joyce! Today we bring you Lachezar Kostov and Maxmillan Isaacson.
Hailed for the “awesome purity of his playing” and described as a “prodigiously skilled protagonist”, Bulgarian cellist Lachezar Kostov has performed as an orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in USA, Japan and Europe. In 2006 Mr. Kostov was the National Winner at the MTNA competition. Lachezar Kostov gave his Carnegie Hall debut in 2009 together with his longtime friend and chamber music collaborator pianist Viktor Valkov. Their first commercial CD was released by NAXOS in 2011 and includes the complete music for cello and piano by Nikolai Roslavets. In 2011 the Kostov-Valkov Duo won the Grand Prix and all special prizes at the Liszt-Garrison Competition in Baltimore. Mr. Kostov is currently pursuing DMA degree at Rice University. He holds diplomas from Yale University, NCSA and the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include solo appearance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, and a performance of Prokofiev’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with the Shepherd School of Music Orchestra as well as multiple appearances in New York, Houston, Baltimore and San Francisco.
“Lachezar has contributed such elegance and yearning to the Camille Claudel production. His presence is strong and stoic as the biographer in the the opening scene, then he becomes our impassioned narrator as he serenades our enlivened sculptures. The scores created by Kinley Lange, are suggestions at times where the Cellist must interpret and color the score. I have always loved how Lachezar has delivered these wonderful solos and am really thrilled he will join us in New York.” ~ Dominic Walsh
Max started his dance training at the age of eight at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts under Lynette Mason Gregg and Luis Fuente in Webster, Texas. In 2010 Max attended the JKO School at American Ballet Theater under full scholarship. Max has just finished his first season with the Orlando Ballet II dancing in various productions including Vampire’s Ball and The Nutcracker. This is his first season with the Orlando Ballet. Max has recently been training with Dominic Walsh and Domenico Luciano and is thrilled to perform with DWDT for their New York City, Joyce Theater debut.
“Max has just started training with us this May and he has been a joy to work with. He is diligent and serious about the work and his quest for information and improvement. This is a great gift as a teacher such as myself. His positive attitude and charming smile brings out my love of coaching and the exchange is so satisfying. Ben Stevenson used to say rehearsal is like a game of tennis, it’s no fun if the person on the other side of the net doesn’t hit the ball back to you. He would say I was always there to hit the ball back to him, and I think Max is one of these dancers. He will be making his debut as Orefaun in “Afternoon of a Faun” and I’m looking forward to his development in the role.” ~ Dominic Walsh