The University of Arkansas at Monticello Division of Music on Oct. 11 will present a guest recital by violinist Kiril Laskarov and pianist Carl Anthony. The recital, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the UAM campus, is free and open to the public.
Kiril Laskarov is in his twenty-first season as concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
A native of Bulgaria, Laskarov received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State Academy of Music in Sofia and a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he studied with Professor Michael Barta.
Laskarov has appeared as a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Conway (Arkansas) Symphony, Southern Illinois Symphony, Abilene (Texas) Philharmonic, Fullerton (California) Symphony, Symphony Irvine (California) and Texarkana (Texas) Symphony and also as a guest concertmaster with the Monroe (Louisiana) Symphony and McCall (Idaho) Festival Orchestra. He presented the world premiere of the Double Concerto for Two Violins by Michael Fine (2017) with the Arkansas Symphony and the Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (2018) by Jacob Tews with the Southern Illinois Symphony.
Dr. Carl Anthony is a piano professor and theory coordinator at the University of Central Arkansas, a position he has held since 1978. That same year, he joined the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra as principal keyboardist.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and earned his master’s degree in piano and his doctorate in music theory from the University of Arizona.
Always in demand as a chamber musician, Anthony performs frequently with resident and guest soloists and ensembles at UCA and with other artists throughout the state. Recent guest appearances have taken him to Yale, New Orleans, Tokyo, Japan, and Vancouver, BC.
During the 1999-2000 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra season, he was selected by audience vote to appear as a concerto soloist on the “Audience Choice” program. He and his wife, Carolyn Brown, perform regularly in the U.S. and abroad as the Dionysus Duo; they have performed at the National Flute Conventions in Kansas City, Dallas and St. Louis and internationally in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The recital will include works by Camille Saint-Saens, Jean Sibelius, and John Williams.